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Nifty Way To Water Trees
Like many FARM SHOW readers, LaVern Peterson likes to make old equipment useful for new purposes. So when he needed to water newly planted blue spruce trees, he and his brother, and his brother’s two sons transformed a 300-gal. sprayer into a portable watering tank.
    They removed all the spraying equipment and connected a flexible hose to the tank’s drain and ran it out through a hinged piece of 1 1/2-in. galvanized-pipe. Peterson purchased a 10-in. long hydraulic cylinder that runs off the tractor’s hydraulics. It is mounted vertically with a cable attached to the end of the piston that runs up over a pulley to the hinged pipe.
    “I stop at every tree and let the pipe down to water; it’s gravity flow. It doesn’t take long to get out 10 gal. It shuts off when you raise it up,” Peterson explains.
    “We can water about 30 trees at a time. A 3-in. trash pump in a nearby lake is used to refill the tank. It only takes a couple minutes,” he adds.
    Peterson pulls the waterer with a small Deere utility tractor. “It’s a simple outfit, but it works so well,” he says. Despite dry summers his trees are doing well, and he plans to make another one for a relative.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, LaVern Peterson, 312 27th St. N.W., Watertown, S. Dak. 57201 (ph 605 886-3247).

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #5