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Fuel Tanks Turned Into Truck Hoppers

A South Dakota construction company makes big dump hoppers out of old above-ground steel fuel storage tanks.
The steel tanks Soukup Construction uses have 7/16-in. thick sidewalls acid are 33-ft. long and 8 ft. across. They cut the tanks in half with a torch after first using dry ice to carefully purge all fuel fumes from the tank. The top edges of the cut tanks are reinforced with 2 by 6-in. steel tubing welded in place and braced from below. The rear gate hinges on 4-in. channel iron frame attached to a 1 1/2-in. dia. pipe hinge.
The triple axle trailer frame is made out of 3/4-in. steel plate. The back end of the tank hinges on a 3-in. dia. shaft. A 4-section telescoping hoist raises the front of the box about 20 ft. to dump. One of the biggest advantages of the idea is that there are no corners so loads dump out completely.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Soukup Construction, Inc., 60001 W. 9th St., Sioux Falls, S. Dak. 57107 (ph 605 332-5282).


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1993 - Volume #17, Issue #5