2004 - Volume #28, Issue #5, Page #19[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
"Slide-Out" Unloader Improves Blower Vac
"The cart is designed to tip back and dump the load out but it doesn't dump very well. The problem is, leaves get packed in so tight they won't slide out. I often had to use a fork to remove much of the load. So I designed a slide-out unloader that pulls the entire load out of the cart."
The unloader consists of a piece of plywood that fits against the front side of the cart. The board connects to a pair of 2 by 4's that extend the length of the cart's floor. A piece of pipe runs between the 2 by 4's and serves as a handle to pull the unloader out of the cart. The plywood board is reinforced by a pair of 10-in. wide boards set at an angle on each side.
To unload, Johnson simply pulls on the handle until most of the load is out of the cart, then hydraulically raises the cart to dump the rest out onto the ground. He also added a big inspection hole on front of the cart so he can see from the tractor when it's full.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Larry Johnson, 1740 Kenyon Rd., Ontario, N.Y. 14519 (ph 315 524-8244; email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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