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Self-Load Slurry Wagon
"So far as we know, it's the first self-filling vacuum slurry tanker on the market in the U.S. or Canada," says Larry Zimmerman, Ephrata, Penn., manufacturer of the "Slurry Buggy".
Equipped with full hydraulic operation from the tractor cab, the new Slurry Buggy frees the tractor driver from the task of wrestling with messy pipes and couplings. He simply positions the tanker alongside the slurry pit. Then, using hydraulic controls, swings out the 8-in. dia. filling probe, which sucks the tank full, closes itself off, and swings back up into field position.
The 2,900 gal. tanker wagon fills itself in just 4 min. "An operator could easily spend 3 to 4 minutes with valves and couplings on a manual system so we're able to cut loading time in half," says Zimmerman, noting that the tanker is also fitted with "peace of mind" features such as up-front indicators that tell if the hydraulic valve at back has closed completely and a level indicator that tells how much is in the tank.
Then tank is made from heavy 5/16-in. steel and features the largest vacuum pump available. Zimmerman designed his own filtering system for the pump that he says practically eliminates maintenance.
The Slurry Buggy unloads through a hydraulically-opened 6-in. dia. rear valve. Pressure is reversed in the tank to blow out the manure and it's spread in up to a 50-ft. swath by an adjustable deflector plate. Zimmerman also offers a toolbar fitted with shanks for injecting manure below ground.
"There are no bearings, chains and or other moving parts that come in contact with the manure so maintenance is kept to a minimum. And, because we've got the thickest tank and largest pump on the market we think it'll'be the longest lasting slurry tank ever built," says Zimmerman, a farmer who's just getting into manufacturing. The tank has a 20-in. dia. rear manhole that's located at the rear rather than on top for easy clean-out.
The 2,900 gal. tank sells for about $10,000. A 1,500 gal. tank, without the self-load feature, sells for $5,600.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Slurry Buggy Equipment, Co., 148 West Metzler Road, Rt. 2, Ephrata, Penn. 17522 (ph 717 859-3869).

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1985 - Volume #9, Issue #1