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3-Wheeled Liquid Fertilizer Cart Made From Combine Final Drives
Illinois farmer David Kiser came up with an inexpensive way to make his own 3-wheeled, 1,000-gal. liquid fertilizer cart. He used the wheels and final drives off old combines.
Kiser, who farms near Sumner, salvaged the wheels from a pair of Massey Ferguson 510 combines. He stripped the gears out of the final drives, then had a machine shop make new hubs and add seals in order to keep out dirt. The front wheel is free to swivel.
Kiser pulls the rig behind his 12-row planter to carry starter fertilizer and also be-hind a toolbar to sidedress fertilizer. He likes the flotation provided by the big 16.9 by 26 tires. "I didn't want to carry a tank on my corn planter because of the extra weight, but I didn't want to spend the money for a commercial fertilizer cart. My total cost was about $1,800. Commerical units of comparable capacity sell for $7,000 to $8,000. Also, commercial carts have smaller wheels which causes them to pull hard. The big tires on my cart go right through mud and roll so well I hardly even know the cart is back there."
The 10-ft. wide cart straddles four 30-in. rows. Fertilizer is pumped out by a ground-driven John Blue piston pump that mounts on the cart frame and is activated by a hydraulic cylinder. The frame was made from 12-in. channel iron, and the axle is off an old DuAll tillage implement, cut down to size.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, David Kiser, Rt. 1, Box 232, Sumner, Ill. 62466 (ph 618 936-2722).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #6