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Portable Wet Corn Holding Bin
This strange looking trailer serves as a low-cost, 1,500 bu. wet corn holding bin for Nebraska farmer Vince Kramper, of Dakota City. He bought two used gravel truck boxes for $50 each and mounted them at a 20? angle on a used 4-ton International truck frame with dual wheels front and rear. It cost $100, bringing Kramper's total out of pocket cost for the home-built portable holding bin to only $200.

"It works great and cost a lot less than a factory built unit," says Kramper. "Only change I'd make in doing it over would be to slope the boxes at a slightly steeper angle. Wet corn up to 22% moisture slides down okay but anything wetter needs an occasional boost."

To control gravity-flow grain output, Kramper installed a sliding gate at the junction in the floor where the two boxes come together. It sits high enough off the ground to allow the "take away" auger to slip underneath.

Other key features include 2 in. planking on the top of the truck boxes to boost capacity, three screened 4 by 6 in. ports cut into the box sides which make it easy to check grain level, and a ladder mounted on the rear for easy access into the holding bin.

Once positioned alongside the dryer, Kramper places wood timbers underneath the trailer to take grain weight off the wheels and tires.

Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Vincent Kramper, Rt. 1, Box 338, Dakota City, Neb. 68731 (ph 402 987-3560).

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1987 - Volume #11, Issue #4