2010 - Volume #BFS, Issue #10, Page #83
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"Tire Machine" Makes Silo Covering Easy
Instead of laying tires on bunk silos one at a time, Irish inventor Liam Murohy came up with a way to fasten tires together into large mats.
  Key to the idea is a machine designed to bolt tires together in groups of 18 or more. A front-end loader equipped with a pair of extension forks is then used to place the tires on top of bunker silos.
  It works much quicker than placing individual tires, says Murohy.
  The mats are made using an air drill in a specially-made frame, which shoves a screw through two tires, fastening them together in just seconds. Murohy makes three mats at a time, sorting tires into roughly comparable sizes, so that wide, high profile tires go together in one group, 13-in. tires in another group, and so forth. The trick is to make the mats the right size for the loader that's handling them.
  Special rustless bolts are used to bolt the tires together. Murohy sells the fastening tool and also hires it out.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Liam Murohy, Ballyragget, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland (ph 011 353 568833458 or Drew Vaughan, Camp View House, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland (ph 011 353 877787199).

Reprinted with permission from Practical Farm Ideas (www.farmideas.co.uk).

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2010 - Volume #BFS, Issue #10