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Sandbagging Machine Built From Fertilizer Spreader
When a local highway construction contractor needed to fill 5,000 sandbags in a hurry, Bob Brown went to work. The Perryville, Ark. man converted an old fertilizer spreader into a high-speed sandbagger.
  The spreader is equipped with three ports on one side, allowing three workers at a time to fill bags. The operator sets the sandbag on a metal table that's welded onto the spreader frame below the ports. Then he opens the mouth of the bag and pulls a lever that controls a slide gate.
  "It works 10 times faster than using shovels and, since I fitted it with a ball hitch, it can be pulled behind a pickup down the road at highway speeds," says Brown.
  "The spreader holds enough sand for 500 to 600 bags. Each worker can fill about 100 bags per hour, without having to bend over. It works so fast that with 3 workers you need someone working full-time on a loader tractor, filling the spreader with sand, just to keep up."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bob Brown, 1026 Cherryhill Loop, Perryville, Ark. 72126 (ph 501 432-5358).

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2010 - Volume #34, Issue #3