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 08-29-2002, 07:31 Post: 41764
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Does anyone make a rock picking attachment for compact tractors in the 30 hp range?






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 08-29-2002, 09:39 Post: 41768
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Around my house that would be a good pair of gloves and a front-end loader. It is the way I learned to do it about 50 years ago, except now that I think about it we couldn't afford gloves and we used a trailer, not a FEL.
Are there no children to conscript or bribe?
Picking rocks is a great metaphor for life.






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 08-29-2002, 09:47 Post: 41769
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Mark - No children yet, I'm too busy picking rocks!
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I have been doing the FEL picking method but a 1/3 yard bucket gets full real fast! I have an old silage pit that I am trying to fill up and I have several acres of hay field to pick stones from. Sounds like the perfect set-up but the pit is at the furthest end of the property away from the hay fields (of course) so I fill a bucket, drive down to the pit, then go back to get more rocks. I've considered finding a 4-wheel trailer that I could load up just to cut down on trips even though it means more handling of the rocks on my part...






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 08-29-2002, 10:31 Post: 41773
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There are some manufacturers of stone buckets which are made from solid round steel tubes with a recess in the rear to hold the stones while picking more. The problem with them is the initial weight of them to begin with in the 500 to 600 lb range. They work excellent for the stone and work well for up rooting honeysuckle and the likes on hedge rows.






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 08-30-2002, 04:12 Post: 41798
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I think there were pictures and maybe links to a rock-bucket manufacturer in a fairly recent discussion. I've heard of an actual picker but the price would put off most people except for commercial or large-scale uses.






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 08-30-2002, 15:15 Post: 41834
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Both of my compacts have skid steer attachment adapters on the FEL. Both are plumbed at the front. I run a rental hydraulic tiller over the ground first, then hook up to a rented power landscape rake. The tiller helps fluff up the soil and pop up the rocks, the powered landscape rake levels, and sifts through the soil. It has a built-in dump compartment which holds only the hard debris and opens when ready to be dumped. It works kind of like an old Harley Rake but better because the debris just doesn't shoot out the back.

The downside is that these attachments use more GPM flow than most compacts have as standard equipment. I run a rear pto driven pump with aux tank because neither of my tractors has the required flow from their main charge.

One other method which has worked well on small jobs is after breaking the ground, I windrow the debris using a York rake. Then I use a mucking fork to pitch the rocks into the FEL bucket. The dirt falls away through the tines and only the rocks are left on the fork.






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 08-30-2002, 22:30 Post: 41850
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It seems that we are talking about two different sizes of rocks here.
May I point out that the farmer did not pick up the rocks and place them on a trailer. He would use a stone boat so he did not have to pick them any up any higher than necessary. I have seen the old hood of a car used as an inexpensive boat.






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 08-31-2002, 00:22 Post: 41855
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Eric, I may have been only six or seven, but I can still feel the humid heat of the day. I still remember my Grandma sending us out with a picnic jug of ice water. I still remember the shocking chill when the water hit my parched mouth. I can still hear the chug,chug,chug of that B model Deere. And I still remember the wheeled trailer it pulled. I don't remember how it was dumped. But a steep slope with a sh-- load of rock at the bottom is in the mix somewhere. Mark






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 08-31-2002, 08:25 Post: 41859
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Mark,

That is just the way I remember it also, we spent many a warm day out in the fields, my dad would adjust the idle speed on the "A" so slow you could almost count the strokes of the engine. It would be so slow, he would put the tractor in 1st gear and pick rocks with us kids while it chugged it's way across the field, every few yards he would walk up and move the steering wheel to keep it straight.

If we worked hard enough to suit him, at the end of the day, he would take us to town to the gas station and buy us a bottle of "Choc-ola", nector of the Gods to us young boys in those days.

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Later on, when us boys were old enough to have other responibilities,(chores, milking, chaseing girls), we had no time left for stone patrol, so my father purchased a "rock picking machine" it was made in Canada by a company called "Leon". It was pulled behind the tractor, and it worked very well. I've searched the web and could not find thier site, maybe they are no longer in opperation.

It was a two wheeled machine. In the front, there was a bucket made of rods to scoop up the rocks and let the dirt sift out, when you raised up the scoop completetly, it dumped the rock into a bucket at the rear of the machine.
When the storage bucket was full, you could back up to the rockpile and dump the stones out hydraulicly onto the pile, or on a wagon or truck if you needed to transport long distances.






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 08-31-2002, 08:31 Post: 41860
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Forgot to add some points. The rock picking machine attached to the drawbar of the tractor, we used a 1020 John Deere at that time. It was more than enough tractor so a 30 hp compact would have worked very well






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