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Hopper Gate Valve Also Works On Totes
Repurposing totes for feed storage is easy, but getting the feed out a little at a time is tougher. A recent American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA) member forum focused on totes for feed, and one member mentioned Hog Slat Gate Valves from Hog Slat, Inc., as a possible solution. It even includes a hanger for bucket handles.
  We could see the gate valve worked great on the hopper bin on the company website. Would it work on a flat-sided tote? We checked with company engineer James Adermann.
  “They would work fine on the flat surface,” says Adermann. “The Gate Valve is designed with a flat back to be attached. When bolted to a bin, it pulls the bin surface flat.”
  The APPPA forum discussed multiple homemade modifications, including one featured in FARM SHOW (Vol. 46, No. 3).
  Installation looks to be easy. The product comes with a template with adhesive backing. Stick it on the surface and drill holes and cut as directed for the Gate Valve hardware. All that’s needed for installation is a drill, a reciprocating saw, a metal punch and a screwdriver. Remove the template and attach the hardware with bolts. Accessories even include strips of caulk for watertight seals.
  Prices start at $138 plus shipping on the company website.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Hog Slat, Inc., P.O. Box 300, Newton Grove, N.C. 28366 (ph 866-464-7528; www.hogslat.com/hog-slat-feed-bin-hopper-valve).

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2023 - Volume #47, Issue #3