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Farm Buildings Built With Old Center Pivots
You can save thousands of dollars up to 60% on farm buildings by building the framework out of steel pipe from abandoned center pivot irrigation systems.
Midtown Surplus Co., Scottsbluff, Neb., has built 20 farm structures, warehouses, and one-story office buildings using 40-ft. sections of 6-in. dia. steel pipe for trusses and all sidewall framing. The company also sells steel irrigation pipe for about $2 a running foot.
"You can cut the cost of a large farm building by at least 60% by using steel pipe for all the framework," reports Randall O'Bannon, Midtown representative. O'Bannon says they've put up buildings up to 250 ft. long with 48-ft. wide clear span area down the center. He says Midtown bought their irrigation pipe from an irrigation company that dismantled unused center pivots. "There's an unlimited supply of unused center pivots in this area. Because of low crop prices and high operating costs, they're no longer profitable on marginal land," he notes.
Midtown sells 5, 6 and 8 in. dia. steel irrigation pipe. O'Bannon says construction is no more difficult using pipe, which they weld together, than wood.
The company sells most of its pipe to farmers who put up their own buildings.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Midtown Surplus Co., 1725 First, Scottsbluff, Neb. 69361 (ph 308 632-6300).

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1987 - Volume #11, Issue #3