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Setting up a gravity bin advice?????

Post by Bigfoot » Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:21 pm

Got a real good deal on a 12 ton gravity bin. Looks like it’s going to be difficult to load as well as sit up. Any advice that would be helpful, is welcome.

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It has six legs, not four. I guess I’ll sit it on 3 chunks of crosstie.

It’s heavy, and laying on the ground. I was pretty much able to pick up one corner by myself. Could six stout men mouch it up on a trailer. Trailer is only about 12” off the ground.

It’ll be 20’ to the top from the ground, and about 8’ across.


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Re: Setting up a gravity bin advice?????

Post by hurleyjd » Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:38 pm

Bigfoot wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:21 pm
Got a real good deal on a 12 ton gravity bin. Looks like it’s going to be difficult to load as well as sit up. Any advice that would be helpful, is welcome.

Rambling thoughts:
It has six legs, not four. I guess I’ll sit it on 3 chunks of crosstie.

It’s heavy, and laying on the ground. I was pretty much able to pick up one corner by myself. Could six stout men mouch it up on a trailer. Trailer is only about 12” off the ground.

It’ll be 20’ to the top from the ground, and about 8’ across.
Buy some thirty foot long tow straps at Atwoods or someone like that. Back the trailer as close as you can and in front of and inline with the tank hook the tow straps to it in a high position and hook them to the tractor back the tractor up until the tank is about 45 degrees to the ground.Back the trailer under it and lay it on the trailer. You need to really pour a concrete slab for it to set on. Set it up the same way only have a strap tied to the trailer and the tank to keep it from falling over when pulling it up.
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Re: Setting up a gravity bin advice?????

Post by Silver » Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:54 pm

Back the trailer up beside the bin, hook the tow straps to the side of the trailer. Roll the bin over the straps up close to the trailer throw the straps over the bin and the trailer and pull the bin up and on with whatever is at hand. Make sure to have stakes on the trailer so it doesn't roll off the other side.

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Re: Setting up a gravity bin advice?????

Post by bball » Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:28 pm

hurleyjd wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:38 pm
Bigfoot wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:21 pm
Got a real good deal on a 12 ton gravity bin. Looks like it’s going to be difficult to load as well as sit up. Any advice that would be helpful, is welcome.

Rambling thoughts:
It has six legs, not four. I guess I’ll sit it on 3 chunks of crosstie.

It’s heavy, and laying on the ground. I was pretty much able to pick up one corner by myself. Could six stout men mouch it up on a trailer. Trailer is only about 12” off the ground.

It’ll be 20’ to the top from the ground, and about 8’ across.
Buy some thirty foot long tow straps at Atwoods or someone like that. Back the trailer as close as you can and in front of and inline with the tank hook the tow straps to it in a high position and hook them to the tractor back the tractor up until the tank is about 45 degrees to the ground.Back the trailer under it and lay it on the trailer. You need to really pour a concrete slab for it to set on. Set it up the same way only have a strap tied to the trailer and the tank to keep it from falling over when pulling it up.
Lotsa good advice in this post. If you don't want to pour a slab, you could pour 6 sonotubes(or just dig holes) of concrete to match up with the 6 feet on the bin. I would dig down a foot past frost line and bell out the bottoms if possible. Then bolt the feet to each concrete pad.
I have been keeping an eye out for a reasonable gravity bin myself. Congrats on the find!
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Re: Setting up a gravity bin advice?????

Post by sstterry » Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:15 am

Be sure to make sure that when you set it up, that you are far enough away from all overhead electrical lines to meet code. Filling those bins with a stinger arm in the vicinity of high voltage electrical is serious and dangerous business.

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Re: Setting up a gravity bin advice?????

Post by Bigfoot » Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:36 am

Do I need to screw anchors in the ground, and cable to bin to help prevent it from blowing over?
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Re: Setting up a gravity bin advice?????

Post by bball » Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:20 pm

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Do I need to screw anchors in the ground, and cable to bin to help prevent it from blowing over?
No one around here cables the small bins(20' tall). Just be sure you have it anchored to some heavy concrete.
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Re: Setting up a gravity bin advice?????

Post by Bigfoot » Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:21 pm

bball wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:20 pm
Bigfoot wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:36 am
Do I need to screw anchors in the ground, and cable to bin to help prevent it from blowing over?
No one around here cables the small bins(20' tall). Just be sure you have it anchored to some heavy concrete.
I know I can pour the pad, I question how hard its going to be to bolt to that. I'll never preset anything hat I can sit it down over. I have never seen a tapcon big enough to hold it down.
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Re: Setting up a gravity bin advice?????

Post by bball » Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:40 pm

Bigfoot wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:21 pm
bball wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:20 pm
Bigfoot wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:36 am
Do I need to screw anchors in the ground, and cable to bin to help prevent it from blowing over?
No one around here cables the small bins(20' tall). Just be sure you have it anchored to some heavy concrete.
I know I can pour the pad, I question how hard its going to be to bolt to that. I'll never preset anything hat I can sit it down over. I have never seen a tapcon big enough to hold it down.
Drop ins or SS wedge anchors. Enough of those should lock it down.
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Re: Setting up a gravity bin advice?????

Post by Bigfoot » Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:11 pm

bball wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:40 pm
Bigfoot wrote:
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No one around here cables the small bins(20' tall). Just be sure you have it anchored to some heavy concrete.
I know I can pour the pad, I question how hard its going to be to bolt to that. I'll never preset anything hat I can sit it down over. I have never seen a tapcon big enough to hold it down.
Drop ins or SS wedge anchors. Enough of those should lock it down.

I called the only place in town I thought would have wedge anchors. They give me the name of a guy with a truck, that puts them up all the time. he said if I pour the pad, he will stand it up and bolt it down for $300. It's not worth dieing over $300 if he has the equipment to safely do it.
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Re: Setting up a gravity bin advice?????

Post by Bigfoot » Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:39 pm

I got the bin home Saturday. It ends up it’s an 18 ton bin.
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Re: Setting up a gravity bin advice?????

Post by sstterry » Tue Oct 29, 2019 4:02 am

Bigfoot wrote:
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I got the bin home Saturday. It ends up it’s an 18 ton bin.
Can you show us a picture when it is installed along with how he anchored it?

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Re: Setting up a gravity bin advice?????

Post by Bigfoot » Tue Oct 29, 2019 7:30 am

sstterry wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 4:02 am
Bigfoot wrote:
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I got the bin home Saturday. It ends up it’s an 18 ton bin.
Can you show us a picture when it is installed along with how he anchored it?
I will. It’s gonna be a while before I can pour the pad.
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Re: Setting up a gravity bin advice?????

Post by Bigfoot » Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:05 am

Bigger than what I actually need.

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Re: Setting up a gravity bin advice?????

Post by dieselbeef » Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:55 am

whats goin in that..cuz bridging can be a real problem
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