The Ag Krane Era Begins By 1990 the farm climate and practices had changed with farmers shifting to `no-till farming` and very little moldboard plowing. At that time, Charles decided to retire from manufacturing and handed the company to his son, Richard, who began to work on a new product called the `Ag Krane`. The Ag Krane started out as a personal implement to be used on the Schlabs Farm to help lift and move various things on the farm. Several times a week neighbors would borrow the Ag Krane to lift and move things. They were amazed how much it would lift and how easy it was to attach and use. Richard saw the Ag Krane as a product that every farmer needed on his farm.
In 1967, Charles Schlabs designed an implement to pull behind a moldboard plow to break up the clods on his 1000 acre farm in west Texas. He went on to patent his 'Plow Packer' and Schlabs Manufacturing was born. For the next 25 years he manufactured and sold the 'Plow Packer' to farmers in a 300 mile radius of his Hereford, Texas home and farming operation. His goal was to build a great product that would meet a need that was not being met by any other agricultural manufacturer.
The Revolutionary Design
Before the release of the product, the Ag Krane underwent numerous changes in design after on-farm testing and use. We have continued to field-tests to improve the Ag Krane. Whether it's stacking hay, loading pallets of seed, lifting and moving other equipment around the farm, or handling large seed bags, the Ag Krane is perfect for making your farm operate at it's maximum potential. The Ag Krane truly is a farmer's best friend.
What are the real differences?
Cost: Ag Kranes cost from $3,070 to $4,655. A front end loader will cost from $4,000 to $23,000. Our biggest Ag Krane can handle the biggest 4 wheel drive tractor made. Many large aftermarket loaders are 'not recommended' for front wheel assist tractors over 180 H.P. and are not even available for large 4 wheel drive tractors. Also, the mechanical self leveling feature comes standard with 3 Ag Krane models but is a $1,500 to $2,500 option with front end loaders.
Time Saved: The Ag Krane can be attached in less than 2 minutes. Even quick attach loaders take 10 to 20 minutes to hook up, resulting in farmers leaving the loader attached to save time and trouble.
Versatility: The Ag Krane can be attached to any three point hitch tractor. You can use your Ag Krane on your 75 H.P. in the morning and your 275 H.P. tractor in the afternoon. A front end loader can only be attached to the tractor it was designed for.
Capacity: The Ag Krane can lift 4,000lbs. on the forks and 7,000 to 19,000lbs. on the lift lugs. Even the biggest loaders top out at 6,000lbs.
Reach: The Ag Krane has a reach of 6' for the MSL-072s, 8' for the MSL-096HD and 10' for the 120HDXL Models. Front end loaders have a reach of 2' to 4'. Many front end loader tractors sustain front end damage due to lack of reach.
See What You Lift: With the Ag Krane you can clearly see lifting hay, pallets or equipment. With a front end loader your view is blocked by the nose of the tractor, forcing you to work blind and dangerous.
Attachments: The Ag Krane offers a number of optional attachments, most of which are truly quick attach. Front end loaders charge extra for the quick attach feature and their attachments are 25% to 40% more than Ag Krane attachments.
Convenience: The Ag Krane can be attached in 2 minutes and removed in 1. Many Ag Krane jobs can be finished before a loader can even be attached. Because a front loader takes 10 to 20 minutes time to attach, many farmers leave them attached where they are always blocking the forward view for other tractor operations.
Tractor Damage: Most tractors are not designed to carry heavy loads on the front axles. Rough terrain can add 3 times the pressure due to shock load. Expensive repairs from bent or broken front axles are a frequent problem with loader tractors. The Ag Krane lifts from the strongest part of your tractor; the rear axle.