2001 - Volume #25, Issue #5, Page #08[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
He Uses Hog Cart To Grade DrivewayWhen Gary Warner bought a hog cart at an auction, he didn't realize what a useful tool he was getting.
"It's a hydraulic-lift cart - the kind that lowers to the ground for loading and unloading and raises up for transport. It is a home-built unit that's patterned after factory-built carts, but is much heavier. It lifts only half as high because the lift arms are shorter but it works great on smaller, older tractors," says the Sheffield, Illinois, hog farmer.
The cart is about 15 ft. long and lifts by way of a hydraulic cylinder on a rockshaft that picks up the front end of the cart first and then the back. The cart can be raised just high enough to unload into a truck.
Warner stumbled onto a new use for the cart by accident. One day he forgot to raise the rear of the cart. By the time he realized what he'd done, he'd graded and filled the ruts over a section of his driveway. It worked so well he did his whole driveway. "It's built heavier than most road drags, and with the hydraulic cylinder you have better control. Gravel builds up in front of it so it carries along enough to fill in ruts and holes. And it does a good job of packing, too," Warner says.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gary Warner, 8017 1900 North Ave., Sheffield, Illinois 61361 (ph 815 454-2076).
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