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Monday, November 17, 2014

The sun was out and it was a nice day

I needed to make skids for my remaining grain bin so that I can fill it with barley and not have it tip over. My brother suggested an old truck frame of which we have more than two.
It really seemed like a good idea. I roughly calculated that it would take at least $25 per foot to make skids out of 3/8" flat bar and have it formed.
It took me a good solid day to cut and trim two 11 foot chunks of truck frame. (Well, I did take an hour to load some hay and have a nice chat with Mr. MuddyValley.)

After dark I spent some time figuring out what I was owed and who owed me. I did twice as much stacking as last year but only planted a small fraction of the acres I usually plant, I got 25% less hay yield and I lost my main pig feed customer. It would be ok but I spent a lot of money on things like tractor tires and a better rake thinking I would do my usual 500 acres of no-till. I'm not going to starve but I'm feeling just a little annoyed about a number of things that there is no point in discussing.
I do think I would have been better off spending the $25 per foot and just buying the steel. I have real work to do.
Perhaps I'll post a photo...


  1. I have seen a few disasters here from trying to economize on skids for hopper bins. Mine are double row 4x4 square tubing and they probably cost quite a bit back in 1997 when I bought the bin. Only mistake I made was not buying two. The bins are pretty much double in price now while the wheat I put in them has dropped to below 1997 levels. Anybody want some cheap feed wheat?

  2. I'm using an old truck frame and the plan was to put 4" x 7" tubing in the middle so I could move it with the forklift but the tubing gets in the way of the auger so I'm trying to come up with a different plan for moving it. Sometimes I have trouble visualizing success. I could use some feed wheat but think shipping might be a problem.


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