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Modified Fertilizer Buggy Makes Soybean Handling Easy
Ron Hanen, Montevideo, Minn., was looking for a cheap way to easily fill the hoppers on a bean planter using an auger to deliver the beans. The buggy that he converted gets the job done fast and eliminates manhandling of bean bags.
  Hanen bought the stainless steel fertilizer cart used. "It holds 4,500 lbs. of beans in two compartments," says Hanen. "I use my pickup to pull it which frees up a tractor."
  The system is entirely self-contained and uses a Briggs & Stratton gas engine to belt-drive a hydraulic pump that operates the auger. He removed the spreaders from the back of the buggy and added a home-built 6-in. dia. auger on one side. The auger is hinged in the middle and swings back out of the way when not in use. The end of the auger is fitted with a 10-ft. long pvc pipe to ensure a gentle landing for seed and to help prevent spills. When not in use, the unloading tube folds back out of the and is secured with a tarp strap.
  The top of the buggy is fitted with a hand-cranked plastic tarp.  
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ron Hanen, 7065 70th St. N.W., Montevideo, Minn. 56265 (ph 320 793-6681).

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #6