2006 - Volume #30, Issue #4, Page #04[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
PTO-Driven "Manure Vacuum"
The UltraVac is designed for use with any tractor with a minimum of 25 hp. Manure inside the box can be dumped without ever getting off the tractor.
It consists of a large steel box equipped with a hydraulic-operated, retractable bottom which runs off a self-contained hydraulic pump. A big 22-in. impeller creates the vacuum and is connected to a 16-ft. long, 6-in. dia. flexible rubber hose. The operator uses a built-in aluminum handle at the end of the hose to control it.
"It's a safe, simple method of manure management, and it's powerful enough to create a lot of suction so the hose won't plug up," says Lona. "My husband John designed it mainly for the alpaca and llama industry, but it will also work with horses and donkeys to keep pastures clean."
Three models are available ranging from a 25 hp model that sells for $4,910; a 30 hp model sells for $5,600; and a 40 hp model sells for $6,100.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, John Frank, 22750 S.W. Rosedale Road, Beaverton, Oregon 97007; ph 503 649-3616 or 503 649-2128; fax 503 848-6736; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.alpacatv.com).
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