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Easy-To-Build Firewood Conveyor
Return elevators off old combines can be converted into cheap firewood elevators, says Roger Reibsamen, Titonka, Iowa, who recently sent FARM SHOW photos of a 20-ft. long elevator he built.
  Reibsamen used return elevators from a pair of Massey Ferguson combines, with an 8-ft. long section added in the middle. He uses the elevator to load firewood into a woodshed or his home’s basement.
  He uses a hydraulic pump mounted on his Deere 140 garden tractor to operate the elevator. The pump operates a hydraulic motor mounted at the base of the elevator, which chain-drives the elevator.
  “A new firewood handler like mine would sell for about $7,000 but you can pick up old return elevators for next to nothing at farm sales or salvage yards,” says Reibsamen. “I think return elevators off any combine brand would work.”
  He built the elevator’s mid section out of sheet metal that he already had. He used more sheet metal to make a hopper and bolted it to the bottom of the elevator.
  “I unbolted both return elevators and cut the top cover off each one so I could access the flighting. Then I removed or added links to fit. I had plenty of leftover flighting from the 2 elevators to cover the mid section. I also removed every other paddle from the flighting so big logs will fit between them. The paddles are spaced about 2 ft. apart,” says Reibsamen.
  The tires and axle are off an old corn elevator that he already had. A hand-cranked boat winch is used to raise and lower the elevator.
  Reibsamen paid $15 for both return elevators. “I already had the hydraulic motor and pump,” he notes.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Roger Reibsamen, P.O. Box 233, Titonka, Iowa 50480 (ph 515 928-7006).

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #4