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Corn+Soybean Digest

Old Is New Again

Old Combine Chassis Remade Into Sprayer

An old John Deere 45 combine chassis was just the ticket for this pull-type, 1,000-gal. sprayer with a 60-ft. boom that Dean Ellermeier built.

He spent about $6,500 for the spray controller, boom, tank and other components.

The sprayer is perfectly balanced so that the tongue can be easily lifted by hand for hitching to a tractor.

The Scribner, NE, farmer mounted the spray boom to the sprayer with a salvaged three-point quick coupler hitch. He added wings to a 47-ft. boom from an old John Deere high-clearance sprayer to get the 60-ft. boom, which can be raised and lowered on-the-go.

Ellermeier extended the combine chassis wheelbase from its original 80 in. for running on 40-in. rows to 120 in. on center for four 30-in. rows.

A magnetic speed sensor from the spray controller reads the ground speed from a modified roller chain sprocket attached to the combine's input shaft on the final drive. “And, it gives me a very accurate ground speed reading,” Ellermeier says, which automatically maintains application rate with changing ground speed.

A platform at the front of the sprayer, where the foam marker unit sits, is made from salvaged steel hog slats.

Meet The Seed Tender Mender

Ingenuity and salvage yard cast-offs built this soybean seed tender.

What do you get when you combine an old hopper-bottom auger wagon, a retired dry fertilizer spreader and a few other pieces of equipment? An inexpensive 160-bu. soybean seed tender.

Dean Ellermeier, Scribner, NE, built this one for about $2,000 in components, including the engine, hydraulic pump, oil tank and brush auger flighting. “I traded some welding work for the fertilizer chassis,” he says.

He moved the wagon's outside-mounted auger to inside the box and replaced the 6-in. auger flighting with brush flighting for gentler seed handling. He elevated one side of the wagon frame 3-4 in. on the spreader chassis to aid seed flow toward the auger hopper inside the wagon.

A divider placed transversely inside the wagon box creates two seed compartments for taking two varieties of seed to the field. The inside-mounted auger forms part of that divider. Each compartment holds 80 bu. of soybean seed or the equivalent of about two tote bags of seed per compartment.

With handles outside the tender, Ellermeier operates a pair of sliding doors in scissors fashion to select the seed compartment from which seed is allowed to flow to the auger — closing one door while opening the other.

An engine mounted at the front of the tender powers a hydraulic motor attached at the upper end of the auger. An on/off switch at the end of the loading spout turns the hydraulic motor on and off so Ellermeier can control seed flow from the end of the spout as he fills planter boxes.

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