greets all. was hoping to get a tip or two on a 'little project'
i move around quite a bit of hay. big bales.. the rolled up kind. space being a comodity, i'd like to stack them.. but they're heavy.
i'm thinking of making a sort of 'forklift' attachment to go on the back end of my farm tractor. it would work something like this: fire up the tractor, back up (and fork) a bale of hay .. drive it to the pile, lift the bale .. and stack it.
i'm guessing the stacks wouldn't be any taller than4 bales.. so that'd make it about 12', more or less. i'd spear them in middle (instead of scooping, like a forklift).. so add 2 more feet... 14'.
the bales weigh.. maybe.. 200-300pounds? (in that neighborhood)
the tractor's got hydraulic lines i can use. and i know how i'd attach the thing (copy the hookup on my other equipment)..
how would you do this? what would be the best (cheapest?) way to go about it?
if i go for the forklift option.. the 'rails' would have to telescope down to a reasonable height (4 or 5 feet?) ... will i be able to find (square?) tubing that fit into eachother snug enough?
or would a 'backhoe' type option work better?2 pistons or so.. and an arm?
any ideas would be much appreciated. thanks,