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Update To Boldt Self-Propelled, Side Unloading Feed Mixer
A few years ago you ran an article about the self-propelled, side unloading feed mixer I built by combining parts from a military semi tractor and a pull-type feed mixer (Vol. 35, No. 2). The mixer is made entirely from used equipment, and any parts like chains or sprockets were all purchased online at surplus prices.
  The mixer’s Detroit 4-71 diesel engine recently went bad so I replaced it with a military surplus Allis Chalmers engine. The mixer was originally chain-driven, but I wanted something more reliable so I bought a pto from Beiler Engine & Mfg. (ph 717 529-6595) and bolted it onto the engine. Works great.
  I also re-mounted the mixer’s cross conveyor on rollers that ride on a short metal track. A switch in the truck cab activates an electric actuator that drives the rollers. I can move the conveyor in or out up to 1 1/2 ft. By retracting the conveyor all the way I can go down an aisle and dump feed off to one side, without driving over feed that has already been dumped on the other side of the aisle. (Jay Boldt, 7120 Co. Rd. C, Manitowoc, Wis. 54220 ph 920 323-0987; boldtdairy@lakefield.net)

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #4