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2005 - Volume #29, Issue #1, Page #34
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Truck-Mounted Spreader Box Convertes To Trailer

"I spent only about one fifth as much as I would have spent on a new trailer-mounted fertilizer spreader. And I can spread fertilizer at my own convenience," says Walter Miller, Minerva, Ohio, who converted an old truck-mounted lime spreader box into a trailer-mounted model. It holds about 8 tons of lime.
  Miller bought the truck-mounted spreader last summer from another farmer for $800. It was mounted on a 1957 Dodge truck. Even though the truck was still in running condition, he decided to convert it into a trailer. After removing the cab, he cut the frame off behind the front wheels and attached a hitch that he fashioned out of channel iron. He also lengthened the pto shaft and mounted a reverse gearbox on front of the frame so the box's conveyor would run in the right direction. And he added high speed sprockets on back of the lime box, allowing a wider spreading width.
  "It doesn't compact the soil as much as a truck-mounted spreader, and I don't need a license to go on the road. It also works great for spreading other materials," says Miller. "We use it to spread gravel on our driveway, and it does a fantastic job. I use our IH 966 150 hp 2-WD tractor to pull it. By adjusting the pto speed from the tractor, we can spread material in a pattern anywhere from 10 to 40 ft. wide. Because it's pto-driven and not ground-driven, I can shut off the spreader to back up into corners, etc. Our total cost, including parts and paint, was only about $1,200."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Walter 3, 9182 Knox School Rd., Minerva, Ohio 44657 (ph 330 894-2828).
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2005 - Volume #29, Issue #1