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Remote Control Truck Endgate
North Dakota farmers Bob and Greg Daws wanted to be able to open and close truck endgates by remote control but couldn't find anything on the market. So they decided to build their own.
They introduced the "Smart Gate" at the recent KMOT-TV North Dakota Ag Expo. It uses an electric motor and worm drive gear-box to power a screw-type actuator that opens and closes the endgate. The motor and gear-box operate off a 12-volt battery and are activated by remote control.
"It allows you to open and close the endgate from the top of an air seeder tank or grain bin so you can stay out of the dust. It's safer because you don't have to keep climbing up and down ladders," says Bob. "The unit has 700 lbs. of opening and closing force and it can be activated from more than 250 ft. away. It can be adapted to any truck endgate. The actuator rod simply pins onto the endgate. By removing the pin and unbolting the plastic housing you can quickly mount the unit on another truck. The endgate handle can be left in place. It's also available with an optional plug-in control."
Sells for $485 and comes with a 2-year warranty.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Air Tram, Inc., Box 448, Hwy. 2 West, Lakota, N. Dak. 58344 (ph 701 247-2829; fax 2994).

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1998 - Volume #22, Issue #2