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Running Board Stock Trailer
Mark Hammeke, Ellinwood, Kan., built a stock trailer that he and his father, Vernon, wouldn't trade for any stock trailer on the market.
Mark built the trailer over the course of a year as an FFA project with guidance from his vo-ag teacher and money from his father. But he did all the work himself, according to his father, who doesn't even know how to weld.
The key feature of the trailer is the running board that runs the length of the trailer. It lets the Hammekes reach over the top of the sides of the trailer to vaccinate animals or prod them in or out of the trailer. Mark says it's a design feature they wanted because most trailers only have fenders over the wheels to stand on, if that.
The trailer also features a sturdy middle cutting gate with a latch that can be released from inside or outside the trailer, letting them easily separate cattle inside the trailer. Another unusual feature of the trailer is the hitch which can be adjusted up or down to adapt to varying pickup or tractor hitch heights. Also, extra high 6 1/2-ft. sides can hold even the biggest bull.
The trailer was built with 2 by 4-in. square tubing 1/4-in. thick. The floor is made with 3/16-in. tread plate. Most of the metal used was scrap purchased from a nearby manufacturing facility.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mark Hammeke, Rt. 1, Ellinwood, Kan. 67526.

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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #5