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This Invention's Perfectly Haul-Right
When Ohio farmers Dan Reitzel and his father Willis, of Perryburg, hop into their truck to haul grain to the elevator, they expect a nice, pleasant ride.
And a lot of funny looks.
They know people are going to stare at them and ask questions.
After all, nobody's ever seen a truck quite like theirs before.
That's because they don't hook their hopper-bottom gravity wagon behind their truck.
They carry it on their truck. And it was all Dan's idea.
"We had an 18-foot trailer, but we had trouble dumping," he explains, "and I figured there just had to be an easier way.
"So I started thinking about it, and decided the best thing to do was to mount a gravity box on the truck itself."
Using materials on hand, he replaced the bed of a 1965 straight truckwith the box from a gravity wagon.
The box holds 130 bu. and there's usually a wagon hitched on behind when the elevator trips are made. It's a quick and efficient way to haul grain, the men have discovered.
"We finished it just in time for wheat harvest last fall, he explained. "A lot of neighbors have looked itover and asked questions. Several have told me they'd like to do the same thing."
Dan says the truck is easy to maneuver, and that it can be used to unload onto the conveyor on the farm, something they couldn't do before.
(Reprinted with permission from Farmland News, Archbold, Ohio.)

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1983 - Volume #7, Issue #6