THE FARM¨

OP­ER­A­TOR GETS GRAND­STAND VIEW OF MOWER PLUS AD­VAN­TAGES OF SHORT WHEEL­BASE.

Successful Farming - - CONTENTS - By Paula Bar­bour, Con­tent Edi­tor

There are many fences to trim at the Solchen­berger farm in Cazen­ovia, Wis­con­sin. “When we used the sickle mower with our trac­tor, there was a lot of turn­ing around in the seat and also clutch­ing around the fence posts,” says Ger­ard Solchen­berger. “One day a co­worker asked if it wouldn’t be eas­ier to use a skid steer with hy­dro­static trans­mis­sion.”

Solchen­berger had some of the com­po­nents al­ready but pur­chased the 8-foot-long hoses and a uni­ver­sal at­tach­ment plate. The project also re­quired a hy­draulic pump be­cause it’s run with the aux­il­iary hy­draulic from the skid steer. His to­tal cost: $485.

“I never checked, but I had a pretty good idea I wouldn’t get a com­mer­cial ver­sion for un­der $500,” he laughs. Be­sides, he en­joyed the chal­lenge of the project, he says.

Solchen­berger re­calls the most time-con­sum­ing part was mea­sur­ing to make sure the sickle’s break­away fea­ture would still work.

“I like see­ing what I’m cut­ting out in front of me,” he says.

Spac­ing ac­com­mo­dates the safety break­away fea­ture. A skid steer goes more places where trac­tors can’t. $485

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