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Gas Engine Replaces PTO To Unload Forage Wagon
"I work by myself and was tired of having to hitch and unhitch wagons to hook up the pto. I solved the problem by mounting a 5 hp Briggs & Stratton gas engine on front of the wagon. Now to unload all I have to do is pull-start the engine. I only have to get off the tractor once," says Jay Frick, Lebanon, Ohio.
  He had a welding shop attach a small steel shelf to the front of the wagon, then bolted the engine to it. He attached a stub shaft and small pulley to the engine. The engine belt-drives a big 18-in. dia. pulley, which in turn shaft-drives another pulley that belt-drives the wagon's original unloading shaft.
  "It saved me a lot of time and work and has performed with no problems at all," says Frick. "The engine has a small gas tank that holds less than one gallon, but I can unload 30 big wagon loads before refilling. Even with a big wagon load I only have to run the engine at half throttle. I paid $200 for the engine and my total cost was about $600. I also built a wooden shield over the engine to keep dust out (not shown)."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jay Frick, 603 Union Rd., Lebanon, Ohio 45036 (ph 513 424-2052).

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1999 - Volume #23, Issue #4