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 09-26-2003, 12:21 Post: 64907
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As many of you are probably already aware, I have designed and built a good number of various different implements over the years.... some of them were VERY different.

I have been speaking with a good friend of mine who is a custom metal fabricator, he has built several of my designs for customers over the years. We are trying to decide if we should get more into doing this.

As part of the decision-making process I am asking for input from you, the end-users, about your feelings on this.

If you had to name one single use for your machine which is not adequately covered by reasonably priced attachments for your CUT, what would it be for? Firewood gathering? Firewood processing? Transporting/moving/hauling something?

Also, if you know of some use which is not covered at all, speak up.

I look forward to your ideas.

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 09-26-2003, 14:52 Post: 64917
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Here's an idea which is perhaps not feasable, but would be really handy if it were:

The problem is, on the smaller tractors, the recomended maximum implement width is pretty close to the rear wheel tread. For example, in raking my drive (L3130, 72" rake) with the rake angled to put the loose stone back on the drive, I run over the stones first, and also risk dropping the tractor over the edge of the drive.

If it were possible to fabricate a 'Universal Offset Attachment' for the 3PH, without overloading it, I think it would be super to use with a bush hog, rake, snowblower, post hole auger, etc.

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 09-26-2003, 15:39 Post: 64922
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Blizzard, how about moving up to a 7' or 8' rake.






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 09-26-2003, 16:19 Post: 64929
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Here's something I've wanted for my loader.

We live in an area heavily forested with douglas fir trees.

It would be nice to have a loader attachment that would be used to prune branches up to the height that the loader will reach. I envision it working like this - you drive up to the tree, close a collar-like attachment around the tree trunk, and raise the loader vertically along the trunk. Chainsaw like devices on the collar would start spinning and cut off the branches.

Obviously you need to be sure branches don't fall on your head (not sure how to do that other than by using a cage). Also it needs to adapt to trunks of different diameters and should probably float a bit laterally so you don't have to have the tractor dead-center on the tree trunk.

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 09-26-2003, 16:26 Post: 64931
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I had the idea for a goose neck trailer addaptor on the 3pt. We made one up and a friend uses it all the time around the farm with large tractors.
I see another manufacture making them now. I was always worried about the impliment lifting with out the positive draft. I figured away around this but have not made one yet.
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 09-26-2003, 16:28 Post: 64932
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The attachnment bolts to the top of the bucket and is closed with hyd so you can carry a CLUMP of something. I can not remember the name, Grapple?? I've see them at web sites but they are extreamly pricey.

I'm gonna build old my self along with a wood splitter with the block lift attachment with trays for the split wood that can let the wood slide into a elevator into the wood wagon.






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 09-26-2003, 16:29 Post: 64933
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Here's another idea - self-leveling pallet forks.






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 09-26-2003, 17:23 Post: 64936
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Blizz, already been there, already done that, but it doesn't work with a PTO-driven implement since you can't flex the drive-shaft very far off-side.

The 'Murphy Pruner' already exists too, but it is a two part hydraulic operation, it first grabs the limb, then a pruner pinches off the branch. This way the branch is still 'captive' until the operator releases it. It makes it very easy to pile them in one spot, etc. The whole apparatus is mounted on the end of a boom pole like device which clamps onto the bucket.

Harvey, how many grapples do you want? Either to go on the bucket or a completely serate 3pth version, which BTW, is outstanding for gathering & carrying firewood or brush. You just back up, lower, close the jaws, raise it and drive away. Then there is no pile of whatever to look over or around if you have far to travel.

Self-levelling pallet forks for the 3pth are easy, a little complex & expensive, but easy. You also lose some lift capacity.

Keep 'em coming fellas.

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 09-26-2003, 18:18 Post: 64940
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The 3ph mounted grapple for moving brush piles would be GREAT! Moving piles with a back blade or box blade is a big improvement over hauling in the trailer, but can be messy. CadPlans has a version of the 3ph grapple but even the plans are expensive.
Another one that is made somewhere out there, but is expensive...a PTO driven concrete mixer. The ones I've seen are bolted on the tractor frame; the 3ph controls dump the mixing drum. I guess it could be driven from a hydraulic motor instead of PTO.
Anybody get Farm Show magazine? It has these kind of implements in a newspaper-type magazine. I'd be surprised if Murf doesn't have some inventions published there...
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 09-27-2003, 07:41 Post: 64962
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I'm still looking for a 3ph pump that has fire-fighting capabilities. Something with the specs of a Wojak Mark 4, or greater flow depending on pto hp would be desirable. It would need a 1 1/2" quick-connect discharge or adapters to go along with forestry standard hose. It also would be desirable if the pressure could be lowerd to around 80 lbs. while maintaining volume to accommodate foam equipment.

I know this isn't an invention idea exactly, it's just that it's what I'm looking for right now and can't find it. I also know that I wouldn't be putting out house fires with it since it would take too long to drive the tractor to the river and lay the hose, and I'd just get the Township's equipment anyway. It is an emergency idea though since I don't irrigate, and I can't see buying a pto pump for emergencies if it's really not adequate for fire fighting. I can't very well use Township equipment for de-silting dug well or pumping out a basement.






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