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How To Reshape Damaged Culverts
Terry Jacob has a solution to fix damaged culvert ends that plug up with every rain. He reshapes them with his hydraulic culvert “reshaper”. The scissors-action jack slips inside and pushes bent ends back into shape in minutes.
  “Galvanized, corrugated culverts on country roads cost hundreds to thousands of dollars to be replaced,” says Jacob. “We live in a flat part of Kansas and it’s a serious problem. Residue from fields get trapped and constricts flow, and we get drainage issues.”
  Jacob’s reshaper was originally designed to pick up tractors, but he modified the saddles with pieces of channel iron to fit the shape of common culvert sizes.
  “Without the saddles, the jack would just rip the steel, but with the saddles, it conforms to the shape of the culvert,” says Jacob.
  The scissors jack collapses down to about 7 to 8 in. to slip inside the bent end of a culvert. If the end is smashed down even farther, Jacob edges the 4-in. high nose into the hole and slowly raises the bend enough for the entire jack to enter.
  “I use 30-ft. hydraulic hoses off a tractor to power it, with one person at the culvert and one on the tractor,” says Jacob. “I can also hook it up to a power pack used for pickup-mounted bale spears.”
  Reshaping a culvert will still be a 2- person job as the 60 lb. scissors jack is awkward for one to handle. Regardless, it could be a good way to get culverts at discount.
  Jacob recently used his reshaper to repair new culverts that were bent being handled by loaders.
  “I was able to go inside and bend them back,” he says.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, TDJ MagAttach, Terry Jacob, 9317 S.W. 72nd, Sedgwick, Kan. 67135 (ph 316 393-7731; ruth1110@kanokla.net).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #3