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Modified Ag Bagger Works Better Than Ever
Virgil and Travis Poock, Sumner, Iowa: "We made our 6000 Ag Bagger a better buy with a 12-volt hydraulic rebuild. Where we once had to set jacks to reset the wheels from transit mode to fill mode, hydraulics now do it for us.
"We do custom bagging, and moving the wheels every time we set up is a hassle. With the independent hydraulics, we can do it in minutes.
"We mounted the pump, a tank and a battery pack to the side of the bagger. Three guided hydraulic cylinders, each on its own valve, have stand plates mounted on the ends of the rams. The individual valves let us raise and lower the bagger regardless of how uneven the ground is under it. We can lift it right off the ground.
"The hydraulics also help for mounting bags. Without it, we have to wait for the farmer to show up with the tractor that will run the bagger. With our hydraulics pack, we can get all set up, so when the tractor arrives, we can start filling.
"We also use the on-board battery pack to control the feed auger. An electric lift with a control pad on a cable makes it easy to adjust the auger as needed.
"Powering the auger and recharging the battery pack is easy. Once the tractor is hooked to the bagger, we connect a cable to the tractor battery. When we finish for the day, the pack is ready to go for wheel reset and transit to the next farm."

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2011 - Volume #35, Issue #4