Micro Hoe Digging
here i am back in 2008 digging eight 5 ft deep holes for some 24" x 24" "bigfoot" post base and 10" sono tubes that will become the foundation for a new 20' x 30' workshop.the Micro Hoe plans currently include the original size 350 lb backhoe that can dig up to 5.5 ft deep for garden tractors, andi am also including a page that shows how the crowd arm can be lengthened 12" for a digging depth of 6.5 ft. this includes increased leverage required for the longer arm and a 2" longer crowd arm cylinder.the extend-a-hoe prototype you see in this video is able to dig about 7 to 7.5 ft. deep or so (for compact tractors) and weighs about 425 lbs. the extend cylinder runs off a foot controlled single spool valve (under my right foot) via the power beyond port on the main backhoe controls.the extend-a-hoe option requires a fair amount of work (and cost) to add the additional 20" reach above stock, which is why most folks end up simply creating a 12" longer single piece crowd arm with thicker wall than the stock unit for larger tractors that can take the additional weight.thanks for watching! ~ P.F.
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the wood i'm using is 2 year seasoned maple. some of the logs were 24" in diameter.
P.F. Engineering log splitter - first look
the P.F. Engineering log splitter first look. dual split design, 13 GPM two stage, 6.5 HP Kohler sh265 engine, Prince RD5000 valve, 5" x 24" cylinder, 10 second cycle time it has a log lift and the table is 34" wide by 72" long. i have split at least 5 cords with it so far and i know, it needs taller end stops to match the 10" tall wedge. coming soon.
believe it or not, this is a budget splitter built for the same cost as a big box store 25 ton unit. my goals were to have something i didn't have to bend down to use all day long, or waste a lot of steps picking up what i just split. the table stores quite a few logs for splitting and i can load up the log lift as well. the table height is the same as my pickup truck tailgate for easy split and load operation. i also wanted to protect the engine/pump from those stray logs that end up breaking something. the controls are below table height for the same reason and the log lift control is out front for easy access from either side.
thanks for watching! plans will be available soon.
~ Paul @ P.F. Engineering