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Home Built Grain Cart
When Paul, Roger and Bruce Elliott, Montrose, Ill., needed a new grain cart, they couldn't find what they wanted on the market. So they decided to build their own grain cart.
"We wanted flotation tires, good holding capacity, and a low profile due to the relatively low combine auger on our Gleaner combine," Roger says, noting that they added several other special features not found on most commercial rigs.
The cart holds 370 bu. To get that capacity and retain a low profile, the Elliotts positioned the hopper ahead of the axle. Yet, to keep the axle as far forward as possible, they notched into the large H-beam used for the axle and fitted the hopper into it. The hopper was formed out of 10 ga. sheet metal.
To make their axle, the Elliotts used hubs off a retired Mack truck. These were welded onto the 8-in. H-beam used for the axle. To make sure the bearings never needed oil, the Elliotts built housings for the hubs and filled them with fluid oil for constant lubrication.
The gearbox which turns the unloading auger is from a New Holland 800 chopper. Inside the box there is a telescoping shut-off that keeps the bottom end of the unload auger covered until unloading starts. Once the auger is turning, a small hydraulic cylinder opens the slide. The auger cover reduces stress on the auger at start-up. An indicator at the front of the hopper tells the driver whether the auger cover is open or closed.
The cart has its own hand-operated jack to hold up the tongue for storage.
For more information on, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Paul Elliott, Montrose, Ill. 62445 (ph 217 924-4301).

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1990 - Volume #14, Issue #4