Dump Crate – Mark II & III

Dumping Crate

Apples are good food but our trees don’t, yet, produce enough to have them year round for our pigs. We sometimes get apple pomace from a local cider mill. Rickie at the cider press loads the crate into the back of Holly’s delivery van while she’s on other errands. Thus she gets to back haul making efficient use of her time and gas.

When Holly gets home we fork the crates out of the van for feeding to the various groups of pigs. Shoveling is slow. Tipping is awkward and can damage the crates.

Last year Will and I setup one of our crates as a dump crate which is held onto the tractor with a strap and dumps out the front flap. A rope lets the tractor operator pop the latch for dumping. By having the crate dump through the front wall it dumps completely. This is the Mark II version which Will built a few weeks ago. Today he build the Mark III. With each revision it gets better. The blue plastic is one more example of how we use 65 gallon food grade drums. We’re thinking stainless steel someday…

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5 Responses to Dump Crate – Mark II & III

  1. Charles says:

    I do pretty much the same thing for picking up pomace, except instead of a strap, I use a chain attached to the back of the bin. Then I have a chain with a grab hook attached to the bottom of the mast of the forks. The chain keeps the bin anchored in the forks and I can do a full dump. I went through several iterations of straps until I came up with the chain idea and it saves me a lot of time.

    My mast has a chain eye in the middle of of it that works well for this. If I didn’t already have that, even better would be two weld on grab hooks at the bottom corners of the mast. With that, I wouldn’t have to reach to the middle of the back of the forks to attach the chain. It would add a little time though.

    • Even at ‘full dump’ the crates don’t empty which is why we have the front flap door.

      We found the wooden crates we have from the cider mill – the basis of our crates – are too fragile to use with a chain. The webbing strap has a little spring to it and the hooks grab the crate at the front edge by the door so it compresses the crate together. When we eventually weld together a metal crate we want to setup a catch hook that will make it so we can grab the crate and release it all from the driver’s seat.

      These three crates have been adjusted in width so that our van can carry all three at once. We’ve been using these old apple crates to experiment with different design aspects before building ‘the real thing’ someday. It’s an evolutionary process… :)

  2. Melissa says:

    ((clapping))) I love the ingenuity!! Very creative and the reuse of available materials is always a BIG plus.

  3. Nance says:

    re use, re purpose, use it up. yup!

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