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A Post-frame Barn for the Cable-hoist Tobacco Housing System

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 11(6): 881-885. (doi: 10.13031/2013.25816) @1995
Authors:   G. A. Duncan
Keywords:   Mechanization, Hydraulics, Wood structures, Labor.

A mechanized tobacco housing system for stalk-harvested, air-cured tobacco has been developed that utilizes taLl post-frame barns very efficiently and effectively. A unique cable hoist system works within the structural framework and enables one worker at ground level to elevate up to 600 kg (1500 lb) of stalk-harvested tobacco up to 8.2 m (27 ft) heights in the barn framework using hydraulically powered hoists and securely positions the beam load for air curing. Producers who have adopted the system are well pleased with the significant labor savings, cost effectiveness, performance, and operation.

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