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Pull-Type Dump Wagon
"I built it because I didn't want to tie up my pickup. It works great," says E.J. Tippen, Kennett, Mo., about the pull-type dump wagon he built to haul dirt for his commercial building business.
Tippen mounted a used ŠEZ Dumper' hydraulic dump box - originally designed to mount in a pickup - onto a used Deere wagon running gear. He bolted 4 by 4's on top of the running gear and positioned the unit to clear the rear tires. He mounted a hydraulic pump and 12-volt battery on front of the unit. The battery is wired up to a starter motor that drives the hydraulic pump, which then pumps fluid into the hoist cylinder.
"It works good and cost only a little over $4,000 to build," says Tippen. "The dump body was bent so I had to repair it, and I had to replace all the seals on the running gear at $20 apiece. I also put new 6.50 by 16, 6-ply tires on the running gear. The first time I used it the 2-in. angle iron framework that's designed to set in the truck bed bowed. I reinforced it by welding a 10-in. high length of channel iron onto each side of the frame. I dump the load by inserting a key into an ignition switch wired to the starter motor and turning it, then hold it there until the bed is all the way up.
"I don't know how much dirt it'll hold but the hoist has a 6,000-lb. lift capacity and hasn't failed yet. I use my 1994 Chevrolet pickup equipped with a 6-cyl. gas engine to pull it. I mounted a commercial shock hitch onto the pickup's receiver hitch in order to prevent possible damage caused by jerking the heavy load."
Tippen says he's willing to sell the unit for about $3,600.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, E.J. Tippen, Dave's Heating & Cooling, P.O. Box 766, Kennett, Mo. 63857 (ph 573 888-3687).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #1