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He Likes His Motorized Elevator
Craig Spierling made moving bales easier by motorizing his bale elevator with a gas engine to replace the pto drive.
  “Sometimes a tractor is just in the way,” says Spierling. “Adding a motor makes the elevator more convenient to use.”
  Like other pto-powered elevators, Spierling’s Kewanee elevator had the pto shaft on one side and drive sprockets on the other. He removed the pto and bolted angle irons to either side of the elevator to support a motor.
  “I welded tube steel to the angle iron to make a platform with steel plate for the engine,” says Spierling. “I mounted a Predator engine from Northern Hydraulics and a centrifugal clutch.”
  Spierling used no. 40 roller chain. To gear it down, he mounted a 68-tooth sprocket on the elevator driveshaft.
  “It’s a lot more handy for delivering straw or hay to a barn on a neighboring farm or transferring grain from a gravity box in the field to a truck,” explains Spierling. “I just hook it on behind the truck or wagon and take it with me.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Craig Spierling, 1627 Cassidy Rd., Levering, Mich. 49755 (ph 231 537-2324).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #5