1999 - Volume #23, Issue #2, Page #06[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
3-Pt. Mounted Hog Mover Doubles As Cargo Carrier
The carrier measures 7 ft. 3 in. wide, 4 ft. deep, and has 3 ft. 2 in. high sides. It has corn crib panel sides and a wooden floor made from 1 by 8 and 1 by 10-in. oak boards spaced 3/4 in. apart to allow manure and water to drop through. It mounts on the 3-pt. hitch. Seltzer used 4-in. channel iron to build the main frame, 2-in. angle iron to make the front corner posts, and 2 by 3-in. angle iron to make the rear corner posts, and schedule 40, 1-in. outside dia. steel pipes to support the fence panels. The entire back side of the carrier can be lifted off by simply removing two 3/8-in. dia. bolts at each corner. A pair of sliding wooden doors, one on each side, are raised up to let hogs in or out.
"It works great for moving hogs from one farm to another and for washing them down to disinfect them before unloading them into my barn," says Seltzer. "By removing the endgate I can use the carrier to haul barrels, hay bales, sacks of feed, etc. I spent about $350 to build it. Most commercial carriers are equipped with a diamond steel plate floor and sell for $800 or more. Another advantage is that the 7-ft. 3-in. wide carrier stays inside the tractor's rear tires, making it less likely to snag on something. Most commercial hog carriers are 8 ft. wide."
Plans are available.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Leonard Seltzer, 16040 W. Elwood-Manhattan Rd., Manhattan, Ill. 60442 (ph 815 478-3578).
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