1984 - Volume #8, Issue #4, Page #32[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Snowblower Silage BlowerRalph Horsch and his son Tom piled silage on the ground last year when they ran out of room in their silos, and added preservative before covering it tightly. Last spring, when they had room in their silos and wanted to fill them back up, they hit on the idea of using their snowblower to make the job easier.
"We couldn't load covered silage wagons with a tractor loader so we decided to try the snowblower," says Tom, noting that they first contacted the manufacturer of the blower and were told that handling silage wouldn't cause any damage to the blower if they didn't overload it. The blower was made by Gruet Mfg., Potter, Wis.
The father-son duo used a tractor loader to move silage off the main pile and out into mini-piles in front of the wagons. Then, they simply backed the snow blower up into the mini-piles and blew them into the covered wagons. They didn't have any trouble with plugging, according to Tom, and they didn't modify the blower in any way. "Our blower isn't much different from most other snowblowers on the market. I think most of them would be able to handle silage in this way," Tom told FARM SHOW.
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