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Portable grain scale
"It eliminates the need to make an extra trip to town to weigh grain or feed," says Tim Guth, Unity, Sask., who built a 105-bu. portable grain hopper scale by mounting a stationary scale salvaged from a country elevator on a home-built trailer.
A large Fairbanks Morse scale mounts beneath a 6-ft. sq., 4-ft. high wooden hop-per. Guth mounted the scale and hopper on a platform made from 2 by 8-in. steel tubing. The platform is carried by an axle salvaged from an old mobile home. The hopper is equipped with a bottom load-out chute.
"I use it to sell grain for seed to farmers," says Guth. "I position the hopper under the end of the bin unloading auger, weigh the grain, and load it into my truck. It also comes in handy when I buy feed grain from neighboring farmers and in the spring when I weigh grain before filling my air seeder. It could also be used to weigh fertilizer before planting. I mounted a screw jack on each corner of the frame to keep the scale level on uneven ground and to make sure that the weight of grain rests on the scale and not on the axle. The scale weighs loads up to 6,400 lbs. and is accurate to within about 5 lbs."
Guth mounted a 2-in. ball hitch on the tongue of the trailer which lets him pull it with a 1/2-ton pickup.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Tim Guth, Box 603, Unity, Sask., Canada SOK 4L0 (ph 306 228-2095).


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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #3