2007 - Volume #31, Issue #4, Page #41[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Home-Built Self-Propelled Sprayer
I started with a 1979 Chevrolet 4-WD pickup and removed everything except the dash and the steering column. The top half of the cab is off a Massey Ferguson 510 combine while the rest of the cab is homemade. The pickup's air conditioner was added to the cab along with the combine's filtration system which uses a special chemical filter.
Proper ground clearance is achieved using custom made 11.2 by 24 wheels. The truck is equipped with a Blumhart pickup sprayer with a 45-ft. boom. It's powered by a Chevrolet 350 engine and can be driven safely at 35 mph on the road.
The truck itself cost about $1,400 to build and the used sprayer about $1,000. My total cost was less than $2,500, yet this machine works just as good as much more expensive commercial models. (Maurice Froehlich, 60600 190th Lane, Mankato, Minn. 56001 ph 507 245-3751)
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