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Old 03-04-2017, 11:13 PM   #1
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Well I've read a bit and finally decided to just get started and figure out the rest from here.

Today I picked up the tank, got it off the trailer and filled up with water.


Tomorrow we cut! I'm using a grinder with a metal cutting blade. Plan is to snap a line near halfway but I'll move it a few inches off center to get clear of the valve stems.

The plan is to have this thing on 85" legs at a 9 degree angle off the tank. That should put me at a 60" footprint on the ground (30" for the tank and then 15" of overhang in each side). Here's a pic more or less to scale.
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Old 03-05-2017, 11:30 PM   #2
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Finally got these to load.
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Old 03-05-2017, 11:37 PM   #3
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As I've heard before it took a few hours to get it cut. We started the line with the grinder and then went to skill saw but it sparked so much you couldn't see anything. Grinder was fine till blade dulled. Finished up with skill saw and it was way better than grinder, guess we didn't give it enough of a chance in the beginning.

I got after the exterior with the wire wheel to knock the loose paint and rust spots off. More work there but good progress for the first days work.

Next weekend we will start welding the legs. Anyone have any tips about angle of leg and size of the base? This is a 250 gallon tank and will weigh 240 lbs plus about 700 lbs of corn. Also assuming I go with 11 ga, what size tubing? Friend says 1 1/4" is what I need.
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Old 03-06-2017, 07:38 AM   #4
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Is it 240# per half?
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Old 03-06-2017, 07:53 AM   #5
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Is it 240# per half?
Yes the whole tank was around 480 and would hold 1300+ lbs of corn.
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Old 03-06-2017, 10:08 AM   #6
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It will last forever. Here's one I built that holds 1,100 pounds:



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Old 03-06-2017, 10:53 AM   #7
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I dont have any tips/advice, but that is going to be a sweet feeder. I have to be able to see it/touch it to be able to figure out lengths and angles and what is best when working on stuff like that. Looks like you have a pretty good plan.
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Old 03-06-2017, 12:05 PM   #8
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Here's my pretty much to scale sketch.
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Old 03-06-2017, 02:12 PM   #9
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Okay my wife has called and said this thing is stinking up the garage. I'm going to have to get it moved somewhere else. But how do I get this smell out? Burn a fire inside?
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Old 03-06-2017, 02:14 PM   #10
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We have done that and it will remove the propane smell.


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Old 03-10-2017, 12:57 PM   #11
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Anybody have thoughts on my design above?

I'm wanting to order the steel and have some of the initial cuts already done. I'm concerned about a couple of things.

- is 1 1/4 11 ga the right square tubing to use?
- if I have him cut the legs at 85" and cut one end so it comes off the barrel at 9.5 degrees what do I say?
- will that angle allow me enough contact area with the barrel in order to get a good weld? I'm assuming about 12" of the tubing touches the barrel before it hits the curve.
- is a 60" base enough for a Feeder this heavy and tall?
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Old 03-10-2017, 01:46 PM   #12
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You can always weld stiffeners from tank to legs...
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Old 03-10-2017, 02:11 PM   #13
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Old 03-10-2017, 02:14 PM   #14
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Anybody have thoughts on my design above?

I'm wanting to order the steel and have some of the initial cuts already done. I'm concerned about a couple of things.

- is 1 1/4 11 ga the right square tubing to use?
- if I have him cut the legs at 85" and cut one end so it comes off the barrel at 9.5 degrees what do I say?
- will that angle allow me enough contact area with the barrel in order to get a good weld? I'm assuming about 12" of the tubing touches the barrel before it hits the curve.
- is a 60" base enough for a Feeder this heavy and tall?
IMO...60" base is terribly narrow. I'd go minimum 15 degrees and preferably 18 degrees.

Secondly, that is a big arse feeder to put on 1 1/4" legs that tall....IMO, of course. I'd use 2" 14 gauge tubing. 2" tubing at 18 degrees would give you right at 6 inches of contact with the tank.

Last, as stated above, gusset back from the legs to the head. Flat bar will work.

Good luck!

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Old 03-10-2017, 02:21 PM   #15
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IMO...60" base is terribly narrow. I'd go minimum 15 degrees and preferably 18 degrees.

Secondly, that is a big arse feeder to put on 1 1/4" legs that tall....IMO, of course. I'd use 2" 14 gauge tubing.

Last, as stated above, gusset back from the legs to the head. Flat bar will work.

Good luck!
Just seeing this. Man, I wouldn't go with 1.25" either. Go with 2" as stated (I personally would think 14 gauge would be minimum wall thickness. I would look for some 2 3/8 oilfield pipe and go with that for legs. . . certainly over the 1.25" sq. tube.
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Old 03-10-2017, 03:01 PM   #16
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I built one like this but made it a stand and fill. Cut those legs down to get the top to about 6 ft then add one step that you can step up on as you dump in the bag. Will never build another feeder that needs a ladder. Mine holds almost 1000 lbs of corn
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Old 03-11-2017, 11:56 AM   #17
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Okay taking the advice into consideration (I know nothin about metal so all comments are welcomed!) I have redrawn my design. At 81" with skids and 69" without, I'm hoping this is big enough footprint to be stable. I'd like to use 2" square tubing at the angles listed above and will gusset back with flat stock. I'll probably add another 3" at 45 deg on the end of the skids but don't like the idea of that sticking up off the ground like that.

I also plant to build a platform and ladder using the original feet of the tank as a mounting point. I'll work in that design next.

From here I just need to get the tubing and have it cut. Looks like a 24' stick will make cuts for two 75" legs and the 81" skid and leave me 57" that can be used as the platform or ladder steps.

What am I missing?
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Old 03-12-2017, 11:23 AM   #18
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Here's what I did with mine . Great design,not sure on the leg angle but plenty strong . Holds 1000 lbs. my advice is if you put it on skids raise the cross braces on bottom a foot or so . It catches rocks bad if you drag it this way

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Old 03-26-2017, 03:39 PM   #19
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Made some good progress this weekend. Got the legs on and tied into the skids as well as cut the hole for the feeder. Next step is build the platform and ladder and mount the motor. Still not sure if I'm going to just drill and tap screw the motor to the barrel of fab up some plat and weld that to the barrel.
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Old 03-28-2017, 10:27 AM   #20
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Coming along nicely.
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Old 03-28-2017, 10:34 AM   #21
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Love me some welding projects!
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Old 03-28-2017, 10:34 AM   #22
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Nicely done!
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Old 03-28-2017, 10:44 AM   #23
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Looking good brother. You got it by the short hairs now.......
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