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Removal Service Pays For Silos
Thinking of tearing down an unused Harvestore silo? Instead of paying someone to do it, how about having someone pay you?
    Silos by KICK Construction has developed a network of overseas buyers interested in Harvestore silos. So the buyers cover the removal cost, and the company pay the silo owner the remainder.
    The amount varies, says Kathy Meyer, who owns the business with her husband, Kurt. They make estimates based on the diameter and height, model, condition, whether the unloader is still in the silo, and the location. She adds that the silos that sell are the larger ones. If there is no buyer for the silo, the Meyers charge a takedown fee.
    Of the hundreds of silos they have removed since 2004, about 50 percent of the silo owners received payments instead of a bill.
    The Meyers started their business when they wanted four Harvestore silos removed from their Chandler, Okla., farm. They were surprised to learn it would cost $20,000. Instead they purchased jacks, took down their silos and were asked by neighbors to take down a few more. When someone asked if they could take down 20 silos, Kurt was inspired to start the business. Through advertisements in regional newspapers, shoppers and dairy publications, along with their crew they have traveled to states around Oklahoma, as far east as Tennessee and Georgia and as far north as Montana. It takes 5 to 6 people 3 to 4 days to take a silo down, scrape the glass-encased steel sheets, and stack them on a truck to be shipped overseas.
    Silos are popular in European countries, especially for farmers who don’t have much land.
    At the same time, U.S. farmers want the silos removed for a variety of reasons. Sometimes they’re in the way of irrigation systems or expansion plans. Another reason is safety. The silos haven’t been in use for some time, and farmers tell the Meyers that they are starting to come apart, the nuts are coming loose and the bolts are falling out.
    The Meyer crew safely takes them down by removing the sheets and rings from the bottom up using jacks, and removing nuts and bolts with impact wrenches.
    She notes that Silos by KICK Construction does not tear down concrete silos.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Silos by KICK Construction

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2013 - Volume #37, Issue #3