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Any one ever Built a Home made rock picker???

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Canadian Cowboy

02-05-2001 15:51:43
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I can't justify getting a rock picker for $2000.00 to clear 20 acres or more. I was thinking of renting one but there's none in the area,

Has any one ever built one before, some sort of pull type and do you a have some pics.

Thanks for any idea's




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Wayne S. Boulier

02-03-2002 07:30:41
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 Re: Any one ever Built a Home made rock picker??? in reply to Canadian Cowboy, 02-05-2001 15:51:43  
there are many old commercial rock pickers here in northern Maine Aroostook County that could be bought very cheaply. they are built to pick 2" to 10" rocks I haven't any pics to show you but I'LL get some if you're interested.



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taylor lambert

02-06-2001 17:45:52
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 Re: Any one ever Built a Home made rock picker??? in reply to Canadian Cowboy, 02-05-2001 15:51:43  
Ive made a skeleton bucket of my neigbor out of half inch plate. I took 3 4by 8 foot sheets and made a parabolic arch that tapered from 4 inches down to1/4 of an inch at the tip. it was shaped like a demolition bucket for a skid steer. I borrowed a flame cutter to trace my pattern and cut several to make them span the width of a D7 with a 4 inches spacing between them. I made a tilt on it to dump at the end of a feild also can be drug by a smaller dozer like a D3 but has to back the dozer over the rocks at the end of the feild and cant dig real deep. Hes since sold the machines but i may have a print here for it still. we dont have alot of big rocks here in this town but where his farm is they have alot all the way from 3 inche to 25 inches.

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Canadian Cowboy

02-06-2001 19:37:02
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 Re: Re: Any one ever Built a Home made rock picker??? in reply to taylor lambert, 02-06-2001 17:45:52  
I like the idea's, I had one today too, Id like to share it with u all, might be a little off the wall and won't work, But a mechanical way of picking rocks beats trying to hire people or friends to pick rocks,

I was thinking of getting a heavy truck axle 1ton to 3 ton, taking narrow gauge rail road track an cutting it into 3 foot lenghts. On top of the axle would site a square frame, welded to the axle sort of like a trailer frame only the frame would start right on top of the axle instead of the middle. The track would be welded onto the frame and pointing into the ground at an angle like a pitch fork, a shallow angle. I would have to rig up some sort of hitch on the out side of the frame going around the train track to a point where it could have a hitch for a tractor to hook onto. I would drag this unit in the ground behind the cat or tractor, hopfuly the rocks would traval up up the tracks to the top of and fall back into an old ore car bucket I got from an old gold mine. The bucket is perfet because it hinges in the middle, If I plan it right i can have the ore bucket leaning over a little to let the rocks fall in easier then when it full I could use hydrolics to tilt the bucket back and dump the rocks out the back. Its realy crude, id have to have some realy strong steel to with stand the load of the rocks and being dragged in the ground,

I wonder if there is some way of utilizing the rear end of a truck frame, how do i make the rocks go up hill??


just some thoughts what do u think?

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T_Bone

02-06-2001 13:41:46
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 Re: Any one ever Built a Home made rock picker??? in reply to Canadian Cowboy, 02-05-2001 15:51:43  
Hi CC, I made a leveler out of RR rails that picks rocks pretty well. The rail irons weigh about 900lbs a piece 10ft wide and I have two with 2" pipe 10ft inbetween the two rails with a 1/4" x 2" flat bar in a X shape to keep it square. If chain link was added to the rear rail then it would trap the rocks more but we have pee gravel here so thats not a concern with me. After one pass on the ground the front rail digs in about 6" and the back rail floates in dry ground. In wet ground it would not be possible to pull this drag with out a large tractor. I use a 4wd pick-up to pull it and will pull well with my IH 340U with a backhoe.
I had the pick-up before I bought the tractor!

This design would be ok for rock picking if you have a front loader to lift the rear rail to dump the rocks. 90lb RR irons cost $10 a 10ft length used plus a cut charge if you don't have your own torch. I would not put more than 12" high chain link on the back rail as I don't think a average tractor will pull it full of rocks.

T_Bone

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rhudson

02-06-2001 12:22:35
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 Re: Any one ever Built a Home made rock picker??? in reply to Canadian Cowboy, 02-05-2001 15:51:43  
OK Canadian Cowboy, i've never built one, (i think my grandfather took of this problem). but i've seen some. one was not a picker but "windrower". it was made of 6" pipe with sprial fingers to form flights like on an auger only with spaces to allow the soil to pass through. this was spun with a gear box at one end. this entire assembly was angled back like a snow blade. so as you drive forward on the tractor this auger kicked the rocks forward and to the right to form a row. then a front loader scooped them up. the auger turns slowly so it doesn't get the rocks airborne. its only good for rocks up to about 7 inches in diameter. on the other hand i saw a Krone made rock picker that was basically make from thick plate and large roller chain that both raked and hauled the rocks from about 2" dia up to big honking size. it looked like something a guy could put together in a few hundred hours if he could scrounge the materials.
sorry for being long winded, i gotta learn how to use a scanner so i can try to sketch this stuff.

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BFO

02-05-2001 19:57:48
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 Re: Any one ever Built a Home made rock picker??? in reply to Canadian Cowboy, 02-05-2001 15:51:43  
Have you done a search for potato harvesters? Might be worth a shot, they do a similar job.



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tim sharpe

11-08-2001 11:41:13
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 Re: Re: Any one ever Built a Home made rock picker??? in reply to BFO, 02-05-2001 19:57:48  
I'm looking for info on a rock picker for a horse arena. Anyone know any manufacturers ???



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Alvin

02-05-2001 18:22:51
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 Re: Any one ever Built a Home made rock picker??? in reply to Canadian Cowboy, 02-05-2001 15:51:43  
I had a home made stone picker[s]. They [6 girls] got married and DO NOT come around the farm during spring tillage work!! What a bummer.



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Tyler(WA) There's smarts in that idea....

02-06-2001 07:27:03
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 Re: Re: Any one ever Built a Home made rock picker??? in reply to Alvin, 02-05-2001 18:22:51  
I wonder what's cheaper??? Renting a rock picker for a weekend or ordering a huge stack of pizza for the local Explorer Search & Rescue unit?



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Ray M41

02-06-2001 16:21:56
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 Re: Re: Re: Any one ever Built a Home made rock picker??? in reply to Tyler(WA) There's smarts in that idea...., 02-06-2001 07:27:03  
You said a mouth full. Years ago when we cleared land there was a lot of stumps left over that the rakes could not pick up. We hired kids from the neighborhood to walk behind a low trailer pulled by a tractor. We would pick up the stumps and pitched them on the trailer. Kids would jump at the chance to earn some soda and movie money. We even let each one drive the tractor for a round. Now a days with all the restrictions and potential law suits I would be afraid to hire anyone to do menial work.

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Canadian Cowboy

02-05-2001 19:47:29
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 Re: Re: Any one ever Built a Home made rock picker??? in reply to Alvin, 02-05-2001 18:22:51  
lol, thats a few years off in the future for me, I still haven't found the cook let alone the crew.



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