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“Reversed” Elevator Makes Stacking Bales An Easy Job
Brett Hundertmark, who is an electrician, needed a better way to unload small square bales from his hay barn. So he put his electrician skills to work.
    “I was using a pto-operated corn elevator to lift bales up into the barn’s loft. Later on when I wanted to load bales out onto a hay rack, I parked the rack under the barn under another door and threw bales down onto it. However, many of the bales broke up which made a big mess,” says Hundertmark.    
    “I decided to make the elevator run backward and use it to bring bales down slowly. So I reversed the wires on a 1,725 rpm electric motor and then mounted it on the elevator to belt-drive the chain. However, the chain ran too fast.
    “So I found another motor that runs at only 850 rpm’s and reversed the wires on it. This motor runs the elevator chain only about half as fast so the bales come down nice and slow, making them easy to stack. It almost makes loading bales onto the hay rack a fun job.”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Brett Hundertmark, 2119 120th St., Bode, Iowa 50519 (ph 515 379-2702).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #1