1981 - Volume #5, Issue #1, Page #34[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Automatic Lid For Farm Trucks
First featured in FARM SHOW two years ago, it's now in commercial production, featuring several improvements over the prototype.
"Response from FARM SHOW readers was tremendous. We're now set up to manufacture the unit but would still like to compare notes with manufacturers interested in taking it over," Edwin told FARM SHOW.
His Load Containing Lid fits trucks up to 8 ft. wide and comes in 14, 15 and 16 ft. lengths. Components include a welded tube frame, 14 oz. neoprene coated nylon cover, a Warner linear actuator control arm, and switch. The cover fastens to the top of the truck with five bolts and can be easily removed.
Edwin originally built the "lid" to solve a littering problem with chopped silage: "In our operation, we use two self-propelled silage cutters with dump boxes that empty into our six dump trucks for transport. Then, the load is hauled down the road to our trench silo several miles away," explains Edwin. "People began complaining about the amount of silage that blew out of the trucks onto the highway and, eventually, the State Highway Patrol intervened with a litter warning." To solve the problem, Edwin designed the automatic cover to avoid the time and expense of covering each load with a tarp.
"It works off the truck's 12-volt system and is controlled right from the cab. There is no need to climb on the truck, thus eliminating possible injuries due to slipping or falling off the truck," Edwin points out.
For more details, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Edwin Scott, Route 2, Box 575, Mebane, N.C. 27302 (ph 919 563-1328).
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