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1,000-Bu. "Paddle Elevator" Grain Cart Mounts On Caterpillar Tracks
"It unloads fast with minimal damage to grain," says Ken Tolbert about a new 1,000-bu. "paddle elevator" grain cart that mounts on the Caterpillar rubber tracks.
Grain is unloaded by a wide fold-out elevator on front that's fitted with 20-in. wide poly paddles. A horizontal unloading auger at the bottom of the cart has the same chain and paddle system. Grain can also be dumped through a hydraulically-operated bottom door.
The cart is designed so that the Cat VFS 70 track system can be easily removed by pulling two pins and jacking up the wagon. The tracks can then be used on other equipment such as a manure spreader, fertilizer spreader, spray tank, etc.
"The ability to quickly mount many kinds of equipment on the cart frame makes your investment in the VFS 70 track undercarriage much more worthwhile," says Tolbert. "We tested the cart for the first time this year on wheat and found that it can unload more than 200 bu. per minute. We plan to test it this fall on corn and soybeans. The cart is designed to be pulled by the Cat Challenger E model tractor which has a hydraulic capacity of 40 gpm. A pto-driven hydraulic pump is optional on this grain cart. The unloading elevator is hydraulically powered and requires 22 gpm while the horizontal delivery system requires 18 gpm. The entire system including the cart, frame, and VFS 70 track undercarriage weighs a total of 21,500 lbs."
The upper front side of the cart has large perforated screen windows that allow the tractor driver to see the grain level in the cart. Standard equipment includes a rollover tarp, a safety strobe light to warn traffic, and a work light inside the cart.
The cart will be available this winter only through Caterpillar dealers. Price has not yet been determined.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, ICON, RR 1, Box 72A, Beloit, Kan. 67420 (ph 785 738-3547; fax 3548).

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1998 - Volume #22, Issue #5