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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #2, Page #24
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Home Built 13-Ton Forage Dump Wagon

"It holds about twice as much as a conventional self-unloading forage wagon and lets us unload into big 22-ft. tandem axle trucks," says Kenny Riegel, who, along with his brother Dave, designed and built a 13-ton, side-unloading forage "dump wagon" for use on their dairy farm near Washing-ton, Mo.
The wagon box is 12 ft. high, 9 ft. wide, and 15 ft. long. It's mounted on an 18-ton tandem running gear and equipped with one 6-ft. long, 5-in. dia. cylinder on each end for dumping.
What makes the big dump box work is a hydraulic-driven apron chain runs up and down one side of the box. When the box is lifted for dumping, that side of the box is parallel to the ground and the apron is activated to help unload the crop.
The cover on top of the wagon opens automatically when the wagon lifts for dumping. Then the operator activates the hydraulic motor that drives the apron chain, unloading silage into the truck.
"We pull it with a Deere 4955 2-WD 230 hp tractor and use it on all our forage crops- haylage, corn silage, and wheatlage. We use three 22-ft. tandem axle trucks with 7-ft. sides and the one wagon can keep all three of them busy. It takes only one dump to fill a truck. The trucks are equipped with hydraulic-operated tailgates and dump boxes that dump silage on a portable unloading box that conveys it to our silo blower. We use an 18-wheel semi trailer when we have to haul longer distances. It takes two dumps to fill the semi. Altogether we spent about $10,000 to build the dump wagon.
"The apron chain lets us put a mound of silage at the center of the box that's about 3 ft. higher than the sides. Our wagon is equipped with six big 16-in. high, 21-in. wide flotation tires and can go anywhere a conventional wagon can go. It works better than unloading directly from the chopper into the truck because fewer trucks are needed and because it causes less compaction."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kenny Riegel, 5341 N. Goodes Mill Rd., Washington, Mo. 63090 (ph 314 239-3815).
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