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Dumping Manure Spreader
"I wouldn't be without it," says Robert Carlstrom, about the dumping manure spreader he built for use on his Sinclairville, N.Y., dairy farm.
Carlstrom built the dumping spreader to get away from the problem of broken apron chains on cold winter days. Now, when the weather's cold and there's too much snow to get into the fields to spread, he simply dumps manure in a pile to be spread later.
"Even if you back a conventional spreader up to a pile to dump a load, you have to worry about catching the chain or beaters on the frozen manure already on the pile. With our dumping spreader, we can just back right into the pile and dump the load in half a minute with no problems at all," Carlstrom told FARM SHOW.
To build his dumping spreader, Carlstrom first stripped off the beater, chains and all other components used for conventional spreading. He tried to use the spreader chassis under the New Holland 516 spreader but found that there wasn't enough strength to support a dump hoist. So, he found a junked tank spreader and used its frame. He fastened two pieces of 4-in. channel iron to the bottom of the box and fashioned a pivot point towards the rear of the box. A 6-ton scissor-type truck hoist mounts up near the front. Both the pivot point and hoist attach to the channel iron. Hoses run out from under the front of the box to attach to the pulling tractor.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Robert Carlstrom, Rt. 2, Sinclairville, N.Y. 14782 (ph 716 962-8400).

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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #3