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Pasture Pipe Unroller
For the past 8 years, farmers and ranchers in Northeast Alberta have experienced severe drought. That has resulted in some changes to the way cattle are watered on government grazing land.
  Steve Drobot, St. Paul, Alberta, serves on the board of the Grazing Reserve Association. The Association has adopted various water projects to combat drought conditions, such as using solar energy and windmills to pump water from ponds.
  "We also have wells which pump water to 2-in. dia. buried lines fitted with 1 1/4-in. spigots above ground. From these spigots, we run 1 1/4-in. lines over ground to carry water to float-controlled troughs on 27 rotationally-grazed fields," says Drobot.
  Drobot designed a pipe roller to unroll and roll up the water lines when moving from field to field as livestock are rotated.
  "I took an old square baler, stripped it of its flywheel, pickup and plunger, leaving the pto drive, frame and axle in place. I added a pair of gears and drive chains, and two V-belt pulleys, all of which reduces the rpm's of the large hose reel. I also added a rope-controlled throwout for instant reel stops, as well as a brake drum to keep the reel from free-wheeling when unrolling pipe. The 5 1/2 by 6-ft. reel holds over 5,000 ft. of 1 1/4-in. plastic pipe.
  "We used the unit all last summer and it'll work anywhere the tractor will go. It's painted bright red, and I called it the ęDrobot Roller'."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Steve Drobot, Box 93, St. Paul, Alberta T0A 3A0 Canada (ph 780 645-2572).

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2002 - Volume #26, Issue #3