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How about this for Tractor Tales this week????
This is one of the 1,500,000+ pound rigs moving through Lancaster County over the next 2 weeks. Can you say look out for wide loads during harvest!!! It is traveling a 70 mile route overland through Lancaster County to Three Mile Island nuclear plant. There are 2 units traveling about 1 mile apart. Top speed 3-4 mph. A crew of 100 workers per unit and it is 17' wide and 25' tall. Trees have been trimmed, power lines raised, bridges reinforced, temporary stream crossings have been built, and at some bridges additional cranes will be available to, shall we say, 'lighten the load'. There are 26 axles with 8 tires each. That's 208 tires on each unit and each axle has it own steering and suspension system. Each half can do a 360 degree turn within in its own footprint, can you say skid steer!!. There are 6 diesel engines that power each unit and I believe it is hydraulically driven. No steering wheel, just a joystick for an operator that walks along side. The transport units themselves weight over 300 tons and were built just for this job!! Think I can 'sneak my combine in behind without having to take off the head????Additional updates are available at www.lancasteronline.com for our local paper, and WGAL channel 8 web site. They are moving 4-6 miles a day. It will trek (for you John!!) past some of our corn and soybean fields.Do you think any one would dare weight my trucks out of the field on a portable scales for being overweight???
A faithful Lancaster County viewer,
Karl M. Hess
I would also like to know if or how a farmer who feeds corn can buy one load that would be only part of the 5000 bushel contract or if he could buy the 5000 bushels and take delivery as he needed it and when would he need to pay.