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Farmer-Built Giant Floater Spreader
"I built it because I was fed up with getting stuck when spreading manure. I figured there had to be a better way," says Cornell Van Jaarsveld, Duncan, British Columbia, who built his own giant 1,500-gal. 3-wheel flotation spreader that worked so well he started a profitable custom manure hauling business.
He started with a 1975 GMC 5-ton truck stripped down to the frame, engine and transmission. He "doubled up" the rear frame with 10-in. channel iron and built the narrowed-up front end out of 4 by 8-in. tubing and 12-in. channel iron. A 1980 Freightliner truck cab mounts on top of the 671 engine. He fashioned the narrow front sloping hood out of sheet metal and fitted the front end with a single 41 by 42 by 2010-ply terra tire. It's controlled by two 2-in. dia. hydraulic steering cylinders.
Jaarsveld used a planetary drive axle on back that he salvaged from an IH industrial loader, equipping the axle with 43 by 66 by 25 10-ply tires. He had the 1,500-gal. tank custom rolled and welded by a fabricating shop, adding all outside components him-self. The tank can be sucked full by vacuum in about 90 sec. A boom suction nozzle, made out of 8-in. stainless steel, lowers into the manure pit. Manure is blown out the back of the truck through a 6-in. gate valve, which is air-operated, and hits a round dish that fans the liquid out about 30 ft. for an even layer of coverage.
"I had to change the transmission from a 5-speed to a 13-speed double overdrive to get the power we needed and a variety of speeds for both the field and on the road.
"Since this was the first machine of its kind in this area, I started a very profitable custom manure hauling business. I recently sold the machine and custom-hauling business for $40,000.
"I am currently finishing a 2,500 gal. manure tanker mounted on the body of a 1974 Kenworth semi tractor. It has four tires instead of three. The two tires on back are60by41 by 25 20-ply and the tires on the front are 48 by 25 by 20 10-ply. I'm selling this manure tanker for $55,000 (Canadian).
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Cornell Van Jaarsveld, Rt. 1, 6583 Lakes Rd., Duncan, British Columbia V9L 1M3 Canada (ph 604 748-9187).

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1992 - Volume #16, Issue #2