2023 - Volume #47, Issue #2, Page #11[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Made-It-Myself Seed Spreader
“I took apart a garden tractor and made a trailer out of it,” he says.
He locked the tractor’s rear end and attached a shaft that spins as the rear wheels turn, driving the spreader.
“I used all the parts from that pull-behind spreader, including braces that attach to the top of the unit,” he says. “It slings the seed out of the back,” Sonsel says. “You can also use it for fertilizer.”
Taking apart his old riding mower and making a trailer out of it wasn’t a difficult process. He removed the motor, then the hood and the frame.
“I took the front end completely apart to turn it into an axle and welded a tongue to the front,” he says.
He called the process simple, noting that the hardest part was taking apart the rear end and locking it.
Sonsel says it didn’t cost any money as he made it out of used items he had on hand.
“I’ve got about 8 1/2 acres out here, and it’s not quite big enough to run a large tractor through with a spreader,” Sonsel says. “But it would take too long with a walk-behind spreader.
“This is a little more heavy-duty than some of those wagons you buy at the local lawn and garden store,” he says.
While it’s not a money-making idea for him, he’s more than happy to talk someone through the process if they’d like to build their own seed spreader.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dennis Sonsel, 222 Oak Creek Drive, Gonzales, Texas 78629 (ph 830-263-4289).
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