When Ron Maestas, design engineering manager at ANBO Manufacturing, set out to create an innovative new attachment, he knew it would take some out-of-the-box thinking.
“I was getting inquiries for an attachment that would dig up large rocks and stumps with the least amount of force or soil disturbance,” Maestas said. “There was a huge need for a new beast of burden — a beast that would apply as little burden to the land as possible.”
ANBO’s new extractor does just that. With only two hardened steel tines, the attachment can dig deep into the ground easily and efficiently, zeroing-in on the material that needs to be removed, while leaving most of the soil in place, according to the manufacturer.
Furthermore, by equipping the tool with AR-400 steel tines that are intricately serrated, roots can be cut down deep. AR-400 steel is the same steel the U.S. Army uses for armor plating vehicles.
The ANBO extractor’s design includes a rounded bottom for added strength and increased leverage; no need to rely solely on the machine’s breakout force.
“We call it good old caveman leverage,” Maestas said. “Those rocks and stumps will be no match for this tool’s capability. They will virtually pop right out.”
Another strengthening feature of this machine is its front cutting edge. Tying the tines together allows more weight and added pressure to be exerted in its grasp, which means less chance to bend or break. Additionally, in dual-purpose fashion, this cutting edge allows you to approach the object from different angles; an ideal feature for harvesting roots and tree transplants, according to the manufacturer.