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Self-Opening Silage Tailgate
"We're custom silage cutters so they get lots of use," says Terry Cofer, Searcy, Ark., who came up with an automatic self-opening tailgate design that he says "works better than anything on the market".
The tailgate works by attaching the lift arms to a stationary point on the truck frame. As the truck bed raises, the pivot point moves away from the stationary point and opens the gate. "It's much simpler than other self-opening gates I've seen in that it doesn't require cables, chains,adjustments or expensive hydraulics. It eliminates the need to get out of the truck to unlatch the gate. Another benefit is that it moves up and out of the way when dumping into a big bag feed table, something that's difficult to do with conventional top-hinged tailgates. We've used three units for five years with no problems," says Cofer.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Terry Cofer, Cofer Brothers, Rt. 3, Box 302-A, Searcy, Ark. 72143 (ph 501 268-5971).

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1987 - Volume #11, Issue #3