Rock Star rock picker
From November 15 Machinery Show
-Welcome back to the Machinery Show. Laurie has joined me for this week's Hot Iron segment. The invention you're featuring today, Laurie, redefines the tedious chore of cleaning up field rocks. -Pick them, haul them, dump them. If you grow crops, you undoubtedly practiced this rock picking regimen each year as you prepare your fields for planting. It's a chore that is far too familiar to Ed Maas. He shared with me the problem he had on his ground. -We had an awful lot of rocks. As you'll see there's still areas that have a lot of them, but we had them all over. We had some ground that have never been farmed before and had been pastured. We would pick them clean by hand and pretty soon the next year you would turn up the ground and it'll be completely full of rocks again. We needed something that would pick up rocks of all sorts of sizes, something that was quick and with what I had on a limited budget. -Laurie, I picked a few rocks in my day and I can tell you it's not a fun chore. And with every season there seems to be more rocks to harvest than there was the year before. -That's the same problem that Ed Maas had. Yet even though it's a tedious task, he knew it was a necessary one because rocks can damage equipment and reduce the yields. To help make this dreaded job a little easier, he developed the Rock Star. It's a rock-picking device that utilizes the pallet fork of a skid steer loader. -While I made a rock fork, I had looked at some of the buckets that were available, and my skid loader at the time would not take. It wasn't a quick attach style and I couldn't use them. You know they are roughly $1000 or $1200. I got in a situation where work was slow, and I didn't have the money to be going out renting equipment. It was time to plant and yet it such a problem, you know, to work through the rocks all the time. And so I decided during the week almost out of town I'd kept toying with the idea of pallet forks and how I could make one with what I had there and that's what we did. I looked at a sifting action that would be a little faster and it worked very well. It was never an intention to put it on the market, but it worked so well that I thought I should. -So how would it attach to my skid steer loader? -The patent pending invention is designed with pockets on the back that allow it to slide on to his pallet fork measuring 3 feet wide and 4 feet long. With tine spaced 3-1/2 inches apart, the Rock Star has the opposite dimensions of most rock buckets. Maas went for length which gives better visibility. It also does the sifting action. -Laurie, are there other versions besides the pallet fork? -Maas is also offering a quick attach version. The pallet fork version sells for 765 while the quick attach model is 930. -What a great way to utilize your skid steer loader. To get more information on the Rock Star, you can go to Agriculture.com/TV.