1988 - Volume #12, Issue #5, Page #11[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Hydraulic TrailerA big 8 by 24-ft. hydraulic trailer lets Jeff Grodahl, Lytton, Iowa, empty an entire pen (up to 50 head of 240-lb. hogs) in one trip. "It's much larger than most commercial hog trailers, which only go to 6 by 16-ft., and the front and rear of the carrier raise and lower independently," says Grodahl. "We feel hogs always move easier downhill so, when loading, we lower the front end to the ground and keep the back end up toward the building. When unloading, we leave the front end raised and lower the rear end. There's only a 5 to 10 percent grade."
The trailer is raised and lowered by two 3 1/2 by 8-in. hydraulic cylinders in front, and two 3 1/2 by 18-in. cylinders at the rear. Two 20-in., 18-ply used truck tires support the trailer.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jeff Grodahl, RR 1, Lytton, Iowa 50561 (ph 712 466-2744).
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