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#3821 - 03/26/11 01:44 PM Ground powered dump wagon
bobodu Offline
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Registered: 02/15/10
Posts: 84
Loc: N.E,Indiana EIEIO
Please don't laugh. This is a "concept build" to prove my idea. All this stuff was just pulled outta the scrap pile and will be redone now that I know it will work.
I have built many dump thingies over the years ( trailers,site dumpers and even a dump truck) and really didn't see the need for expensive hydraulics or linear actuators for a small dump trailer for yard waste and the wife's fiddlings. I knew that if you could lock the wheels and get the balance right,simply using reverse to dump and a forward gear to bring the box back down, everything could be very simple.
I used an old WheelHorse tranny that wouldn't shift for the axle and brake. You put the tractor into reverse and pull the handle to release the box. When you back dumps because the box is hinged with the weight to the rear. As the box moves upwards, it pulls a tension spring and locks the axle. Pulling forward lowers the box and releases the brake. A similar arrangement could be made with a bar that locks the wheels by pressing it against the tires.'s another idea for you builders.

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#3833 - 03/27/11 07:55 AM Re: Ground powered dump wagon [Re: bobodu]
bruno2 Offline
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Registered: 11/07/10
Posts: 143
Loc: Tulsa, OK
Very interesting concept Bob. When reading the title and seeing the pictures at first I assumed it would only spread while dumping. Then I read the content and saw how you designed it stay in place while dumping. Great idea!
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#3837 - 03/27/11 08:16 AM Re: Ground powered dump wagon [Re: bruno2]
bobodu Offline
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Registered: 02/15/10
Posts: 84
Loc: N.E,Indiana EIEIO
One of these days, I'll rebuild to be more pleasing to the eye.
I'm thinking about a telescoping tongue that would collapse on rearward travel. There would be a bar that rubs against the tires after the first couple of inches of travel. This would be mounted on spring loaded telescoping tubes so the the tongue could move further backwards after they lock the tires. Then, that motion would be used to dump the box.
Who is John Galt ?
#3857 - 03/28/11 05:55 PM Re: Ground powered dump wagon [Re: bobodu]
terry Offline
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Registered: 02/14/10
Posts: 637
Loc: Landrum,SC ****
Bobodu that is one neat little machine. That looks like it works a whole lot better than the bumper jack I mounted on mine! No matter what, you had to get off the tow vehicle to pump that, least you got the satisfaction of hearing the thing go down by itself! I would have much rather just backed up. Lord knows how many tons of dirt we hauled out from under this house! Get ya a couple of rattle cans of flat black and use the snot out of it, that's why we build this stuff! Cool build!

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