Saturday, June 8, 2013

Coop anchor

We finished our first test design of a moving coop anchor. If our math is right this should weigh 1000 to 1100 lbs. That's just enough to serve as an anchor for our self propelled solar coops and yet easily moved by the tractor.

It consists of 3 old tires, rebar, and lots of concrete. Total cost about $50. There is a carry hoop on the top nice and wide so the tractor forks can easily catch and pick this up to move. There are also rebar hooks on each side, between the lowest and next tire. These serve as the place to attach the hook from the winch cable. 

In theory, we will use the tractor to place the anchor in position where the coops should end up. Then we can attach up to 4 coop winch cables to it and it will allow the winches to pull the coops to itself over the next 3 to 5 days. , then you move it and repeat. 

It will sit until next week to cure, then we will test it.

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