2001 - Volume #25, Issue #1, Page #12
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Forage Wagon Speed Controlled From Tractor

Glen Schweppe, Syracuse, Neb., owns a pair of identical New Holland 816 side-unload forage wagons equipped with variable speed unloading conveyors. He uses them on-the-go to unload into silage bags. The problem was that one person had to control the wagons' unloading speed by manually moving a lever on front of the wagon, while another person operated the tractor. He eliminated the need for a second person by replacing the manual control lever with a 3 1/2-in. dia. hydraulic cylinder controlled from the tractor cab.
  He used angle iron to make a bracket for the two-way cylinder. One end of the cylinder attaches to the base of the lever inside the housing. The other end is attached to a steel rod that goes to the opposite side of the wagon.
  "I paid $59 for the cylinder which I bought at a surplus center," says Schweppe. "The cylinder has a lot of power so I had to beef up the control lever to keep it from bending. I slipped a 3/4-in. dia. gas pipe over it. The cylinder moves a total distance of only 2 5/8 inches which is all the travel it needs."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Glen Schweppe, 1355 S. 32nd Rd., Syracuse, Neb. 68446 (ph 402 269-2602).

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2001 - Volume #25, Issue #1