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Bedding Slinger
"It's the slickest little rig you've ever seen for spreading wood shavings, sawdust, or chopped straw in stanchion barns. I use it every day," says dairyman Glenn Morin, Niagara, Wis., about his home-built "bed-ding slinger" that attaches to his feed cart.
The "bedding slinger" consists of a 38 1/ 4-in. long, 8 1/2-in. wide cleated belt that's powered by a 3 hp Briggs & Stratton gas motor. The belt slings bedding material up to 15 ft. into stalls lining both sides of Morin's 80-cow, 184-ft. long stanchion barn. A 7 1/2-in. high steel plate on each side of the belt keeps material from falling off. The 18-in. long, 35-lb. unit quickly snaps onto Morin's 32-bu. Clay electric feed cart just below the cart's discharge apron.
"Other farmers are amazed at how well it works," says Morin, who built the unit two years ago for $300.
Morin controls bedding thickness by controlling belt speed and feed cart travel speed. "When the cart is in high gear and the belt is running at full speed, the cart can't deliver material fast enough. However, it does a perfect job in high gear if I hold speed down by using the hydrostatic-control foot pedal. I use a hand clutch lever on the bedding slinger to engage the belt, which I bought from a local paper mill."
Morin says his bedding slinger will fit all . feed carts equipped with an apron-type discharge. "It won't work on feed carts equipped with auger-type discharge because the bottom of cart runs too close to the floor. It would fit on them but the slinger's frame would bump the floor if it was uneven."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Glenn Morin, N21411 Morin Road, Niagara, Wis. 54151 (ph 715 251-3516).

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1990 - Volume #14, Issue #2