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#1 mjodrey OFFLINE  

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Posted April 15, 2010 - 06:22 PM

It says Honey Bee on the loader arm.



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Edited by mjodrey, April 15, 2010 - 06:31 PM.


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Posted April 15, 2010 - 06:31 PM

:confuse:I've never seen anything like that in my life

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Posted April 15, 2010 - 07:01 PM

I'd almost bet it was built in the day for loading fertilizer into a scale mixer/hopper. We have a 4 wheeled one with about same size bucket called the "Big Dipper" with a 4cyl Ford engine. They liked a tight turning radius for loading fertilize because of the usually small concrete pads back then & getting in/out of the fertilize bays with ease. This one & ours are useless almost, once off concrete. Once you put the bucket down, traction was all but gone. But for loading fertilize they did great because they drove fast into the pile and little to no traction was needed. Once bucket was full, they had all the traction you could want. One word of caution....no fast turns...very unstable in fast turns, even with bucket down!

Edited by olcowhand, April 21, 2010 - 04:17 PM.


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Posted April 15, 2010 - 07:06 PM

May have been manufactured by "Frontier"?

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Posted April 15, 2010 - 07:19 PM

That thing looks fascinating and dangerous all in the same sentence LOL.

Edited by olcowhand, April 15, 2010 - 08:27 PM.
changed "think" to "thing" lol Guess now I'm the spelling police


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Posted April 15, 2010 - 09:24 PM

I have seen a couple of these loaders around. The ones I looked at were built using a B Farmall tractor for the running gear. They would take out the extension between the tranny/rear end housing and the drop final drive housing and bolt the drop final drive right to the rear end housing, like the left side of the A Farmall. You can flip the ring gear to the other side of the differential housing and then you get 4 speeds in reverse-now forward and one speed forward-now reverse.
A local coop had one of these loaders for many years and used it mainly for fertilizer and feed. Once skid steer loaders came around they pretty much replaced the honey bee loader.

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Posted April 15, 2010 - 09:37 PM

It could sitt in my yard as these Hillbilly's anit never seen nothin like that. Neat

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Posted April 21, 2010 - 03:24 PM

Don't look like a lot of counter weight in back from the picture. Cool looking beast though.

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