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Go Anywhere Agitator For Inside Manure Pits
A new "go anywhere" portable pit agitator from Balzer Mfg., Mountain Lake, Minn., makes it easy to remove sludge buildup in inside manure pits prior to pumping.
You simply take out a section of slatted flooring and set the portable pump down into the pit. "In most cases, one setting is all that's needed in a pit 10 by 70 by 8 ft. deep for the agitator to combine the sediment and liquid into an easy-to-remove slurry of uniform consistency," explains a company spokesman. "The new Model 314 agitator's powerful mixing action cuts through 3 to 4 ft. of buildup on the bottom of the pit. Prior to draining, one to two hours of agitation with the agitator will provide uniform consistency fertilizer from the first load to the last."
Dual intakes on the top and bottom of the submersible pump, and the 3 by 14 in. impellor, work together to pull the unit through buildup on the bottom of the pit."
If there is any clogging problem with chunks of crust or bedding, the hydraulically-driven agitator can be reversed to unplug itself.
The unit weighs 115 lbs. and can be operated by a small tractor (with 8 gpm and 1,700 psi capacity). The pump's metal support tower adjusts for pit depths of 4 to 8 ft. The impellor is mounted direct on the motor so there are no bearings or shafts to cause problems.
The pump rotates at 700 rpm's and has a rated discharge of 1,700 gpm. Sells for $995.
For more details, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Balzer Mfg., Mountain Lake, Minn. 58159 (ph 507 427-3133).

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1982 - Volume #6, Issue #6