1988 - Volume #12, Issue #5, Page #08[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Conveyor Belt Grain Bin"It makes a great bin," says Dewey Long, Pana, Ill., about the temporary storage bin he built using salvaged 3/4 in. thick, 3-ft. wide rubber conveyor belting.
Long got the belting from a nearby company that had previously burned its old belting. They gave it to him free for the hauling. At lust he used it for odd jobs and to pad hard or muddy work areas. Then he got the idea for a bin.
To build the 72-ft. dia. structure, Long first put up a circle of 5-ft. posts. Then he attached a ring of 3-ft. wide belting to the top of the posts. Once that was in place he put up a second ring, lapping it a foot over the first ring so it would keep out rain. He used long machine bolts to tie the belting together into a continuous wall, spacing the bolts every 6 to 8 in.
Once the bin was filled, Long covered it with plastic, using one sheet 48 ft. wide and two sheets 32 ft. wide. He taped the seams inside and out. To hold the plastic in place he first used plastic twine and the suction of a 1 hp. fan. When that failed to hold the cover in place, he covered the plastic with old tires.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dewey Long, Pana, Ill. 62557 (ph 217 226-4203).
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