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Harvestore Take Down Took Just 7 Hours
When Wisconsin farmer Allan Cihlar bought a used 20 by 60 Harvestore silo from a nearby farmer, he decided to take it down and move it by himself. All it took was 7 hrs., the help of 5 friends and a 45-ton crane.
"It normally costs $2,000 or more to take down a silo this big. Our only cost was about $550 for the crane," says Cihlar, who added the Harvestore to the line-up of 9 Harvestores already in use on his farm near Mosinee.
To dismantle the silo, Cihlar simply unbolted the silo at about 10 ft. off the ground, lifted and swung it off to the side, and then lowered it to several inches off the ground. Working with impact wrenches, the men took the silo apart one sheet at a time, lowering it toward the ground as needed.
Key to success of the dismantling operation were the specially designed irons Cihlar fastened to the top of the Harvestore to lift it. Four heavy angle iron brackets bolt to seams on the top sheet and spreader beams, positioned between the lifting cables, keep it from collapsing.
Cihlar bought the used silo for $6,500. He says it had a good unloader in it which was in itself worth the price he paid.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Allan B. Cihlar, 1035 CTH, B, Mosinee, Wis. 54455 (ph 715 613-6230).

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1987 - Volume #11, Issue #5