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Combine Grain Tank Makes Cheap Bulk Feed Bin
Grain tanks off old combines can be converted into low-cost bulk feed bins, says Kenneth Wilde, Fortuna, Mo., who used a 200-bu. Massey Harris grain tank to make a bin that holds up to one ton of feed.
  "I use it to fill 5-gal. buckets which I dump into bunks for my cattle. I already had the tank so it cost very little to set up," says Wilde.
  The tank is supported by four 7-ft. long, 2-in. angle iron legs bolted to a 4 by 5-ft. concrete pad. Lengths of 1-in. angle iron serve as cross braces. Feed gravity flows out through a 10-in. sq. opening fitted with a chute. A truck-type endgate controls the flow of grain. The tank is filled by a grinder-mixer auger through a 10 by 14-in. opening at the top of the tank that's covered by a hinged metal lid.
  "The tank sits next to the panel fence where I keep my cattle, with a 45-ft. long feed trough on the opposite side of the fence. I fastened lengths of tin onto the fence which slope down to the trough along its entire length. That way I can dump 5-gal. buckets of feed through the fence without having to reach over," says Wilde.
  He made his own feed troughs by cutting 50-gal. barrels in half and welding them together. He used 2-in. angle iron for the legs and frame.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kenneth Wilde, 10426 Angel Dr., Fortuna, Mo. 65034 (ph 660 337-6396).

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2001 - Volume #25, Issue #5