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Self-Loading Liquid Manure Bucket
Wisconsin farmer, Alan Koepke, of Oconomowoc, built a manure bucket for his New Holland skid steer loader that self-loads liquid and semi-liquid manure.
The unusual looking bucket features a conveyor system that lifts liquid and semi-liquid manure up and into the bucket. The entire conveyor system sits on a steel panel hinged at the top of the bucket. This panel, powered hydraulically, seals the bucket keeping the liquid manure from running out and raises for dumping the manure, and for loading solid manure.
The conveyor system, powered by an orbital motor, has 5 ft. long paddles spaced 1 ft. apart with rubber belting (5 in. wide) attached. The paddles pick up the manure and carry it up against the panel and into the bucket.
Two cylinders keep the heavy duty paddle chains tight. Koepke notes that the heavy-duty bucket weighs 1,100 lbs. and can carry about 1,000 lbs.

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1983 - Volume #7, Issue #6