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#4468 - 06/04/11 03:35 PM Custom machine project from a few yrs
Bmac Offline
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Registered: 06/04/11
Posts: 10
Loc: Central,KS
Trying out the video section.

Pretty sure I posted the 1st vid on your old site. Made another last yr running the rig to it's max. This project started as a cab and chassis. Just about everything else had to be built. We needed a way to spread large volumes of a liquid lime slurry.

#4472 - 06/05/11 05:25 AM Re: Custom machine project from a few yrs [Re: Bmac]
mdlawnguy Offline
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Registered: 03/07/10
Posts: 878
Loc: maryland *****
ok so how much money did you spend on this project? got it pattened? at that speed looks like alot of rocking and rolling hope the land is flatwith out sink holes...
looks "fun"
#4474 - 06/05/11 07:14 AM Re: Custom machine project from a few yrs [Re: mdlawnguy]
Bmac Offline
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Loc: Central,KS
The rig was sorta frankenstiened,and hard to put a finger on the hrs spent on it. Always coming and going from the field or other projects. But I'd guess under 80k. No pattens on anything out here,even tough most things built are one-offs. I don't hold much stock in a patten anyways. My old man was an engineer at Hesston Corp. for yrs. Had a plaque with all the pattens he had. He also shown me a list of all the pattens he lost that was longer,most to johndeer.

Don't run those speeds very often,that was a really smooth no-till field. Made that vid mostly for the folks that spread liquid lime with stock machines,who can relate to the volume this rig puts out. A factory rig applies 1-1.5 ton an acre at around 5-7 mph. If the field requires 4 or 5 ton per acre,they have to make multiple passes. I believe this rig can do 5 ton at 9 mph. We've created a monster of sorts though. Hard to keep enough trucks in front of it,so it sets in the field waiting. I'm working on another project right now that'll help out there.

The biggest advantage is it is setup to apply at variable rates. We have a 3-point mounted tester that takes core samples collecting data. A digital map divided into 75'x75' grids is uploaded into a computer inside the cab,and lime is applied at zonal rates as you cross the field. Everyone else is applying at blanket rates across a field. With our data we've found PH will vary a lot in just a few hundred ft. We'll see 0-gals to over 1000-gals. zones in the same field (12 lbs. per gal.). PH that's too high can be just as bad as low PH for some crops,so blanket rates can be wasteful and detrimental.

I don't run this machine much anymore,too much other stuff going on. That's a job for a younger buck.
#4479 - 06/05/11 11:46 AM Re: Custom machine project from a few yrs [Re: Bmac]
terry Offline
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Registered: 02/14/10
Posts: 637
Loc: Landrum,SC ****
Bet that scares the **** out of those pavement scratchin' Hondas! Good to see farms, last summer I got to ride back up to Ohio, stayed at a campground surrounded by corn fields about 18" high. Sure was good to hear the breeze blowing through it again. Around here all they grow is those prissy dancing horses and housing developments. At least the horse farms keep the houses at bay.....
Love the Terragator. Fell in love years ago when they first started using them. Beautiful build!
#5585 - 10/23/11 07:30 AM Re: Custom machine project from a few yrs [Re: Bmac]
firewood Offline
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Registered: 10/21/11
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thats one big project

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