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Wood-Hauling Trailer Dumps Itself
Ken Ryan heats his house with a wood-burning furnace in his basement. It saves him a lot of money but hauling wood is a winter-long job.
  He made it a lot easier, though, by building a self-unloading wood-hauling trailer. It dumps a load of wood directly into a steel chute that leads down to the basement.
  The two-wheel trailer is built on the chassis of an old manure spreader and has metal sides and a metal bottom. An L-shaped metal plate, with nylon skid shoes under it, moves from the front of the trailer to the back, pushing off the load. It's pulled to the back by a pair of stainless steel cables that wrap around a drum at the back of the trailer. The dump is chain-driven by a small hydraulic motor under the back corner of the trailer. A spool valve mounted on the back of the trailer controls it.
  "It's a really slick way to handle a lot of wood. It makes my winter so much better," says Ryan. "The box will hold about two face cords of wood."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ken Ryan, 221 Ryan Rd., Oxford, N.Y. 13830.

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2001 - Volume #25, Issue #3