1983 - Volume #7, Issue #4, Page #32[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Big 7,000 Gal Speader Hauls 100,000 Gal/Day
The king-size spreader is actually an old aluminum oil tanker converted to haul manure with a Calumet Slinger on the back and a pump on top to fill it. The manure tanker is pulled by a 5th wheel that Gebhart installed on the back of his Massey Ferguson 1805 tractor.
"The tanker cost just $2,200 and I spent only about $4,200 total for the entire spreader," he says. "It'll empty its load in 10 to 15 min., covering one to two acres per load, and fills up almost as fast."
The fill hole on top of the tanker is big enough so a man can get inside but Gebhart says that so far the big spreader has emptied 100% of every load. Mounted on the 1805, the spreader is pulled along at an upward slant that pulls well even through muddy ground. To mount the 5th wheel on the Massey, he welded a piece of flat steel across the frame and attached the 5th sheel to that. He notes, however, that a two-wheel dolly could be built to pull the tanker. It takes a minimum of 135 hp. to pull the tanker when full.
Gebhart, who raises pullets and hogs, doesn't do any other fertilizing to acres he covered with slurry and figures it's worth at about $150 an acre. "Manure always used to be a bother and a worry but now we look at it as an asset and even sell it to neighbors. We also plan to do custom work with this unit," he says.
Gebhart recently purchased another aluminum tanker for just $1,000 and plans to convert it to manure handling, too. The first conversion took him about a week to complete. He bought the Slinger and motor for the rear of his first conversion for $800.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ken Gebhart, Rt. 4, Box 145A, Hanover, Penn. 17331 (ph 717 637-0192).
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