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- Homemade Fertilizer Cart
Homemade Fertilizer Cart
Pat Breen, Seneca, SD, built this 22-ft. long, 18-ft. wide homemade fertilizer cart to pull behind his planting system. It accommodates two 1,000-gal. anhydrous tanks and two 750-gal. liquid fertilizer tanks. The liquid tanks are permanently mounted on the sides of the cart.
He bought the undercarriage for $20,000, then added the pumps and hydraulics using as many used parts as he could find, including retread track belts.
“I’ve been thinking about this cart idea for 10 years,” he says. “I’ve got about $50,000-60,000 into it.”
The cart has a chain channel down the middle with a torpedo hitch mounted to it, along with a drop-down ramp so Breen can hook on to the anhydrous tanks in the field and pull them either onto or off the deck – in as little as 10 minutes. The chain setup comes from a haystack-mover design and easily pulls the two anhydrous tanks to the front of the cart.
“I like putting all the ammonia and liquid fertilizer on the same trailer, all in one place,” Breen says. “It’s easy to get to and easy to fill. And even when it’s a little muddy, the cart barely makes a track in the field.”