Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 16, 1973 · Page 87
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 87

Greeley, Colorado
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Monday, April 16, 1973
Page 87
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B-ll GKEELKV lCOk.)TRIBUNE MOB.. April U, 1*71 THE "HOES" TRENCHER--The "Laser plane" equipped "Hoes" trencher in operation on the Robert Nelson farm northeast of Ault. The trencher maintains perfect grade to within 1-100 of a degree, through use of laser control. The receiver is located on the mast to the left of the operator. The trencher opens the irench, installs plastic drain pipe and places a filter envelope around the pipe in one operation. This results in savings of about 40 per cent on installation. (Tribune photo by Lynn Heinze) Technology used in laying tile HEADQUARTERS--Operator Phil Schott is seated at the headquarters of the trencher. Control panel in front of Schott indicated necessary grade corrections as determined by laser signal. Schott has the option of an automatic setting which makes corrections instantly allowing him to concentrate on other problems. (Tribune photo by Lynn Heinze) liy LYNN HEINZE Tribune Staff Writer With a laser beam guiding and gauging its journey, the giant machine moves slowly across the land. As it passes, it systematically buries an eight- inch plastic pipe 10 feet below the surface. Something oul of science- fiction? A proposed lunar project? While it may sound like either of these things, the machine is earth-bound and is now operating in this area. The machine is called a "Hoes" trencher and is used by the Ed Loloff Construction Company of Kersey for the installation of drainage tile systems. The drainage system itself is carefully designed by the Soil water and plot these factors to determine the proper design for the system. "Every field and drainage problem is different from the last," Howard Sloan, SCS. Come take a giant step backward with us! Antiques and Collectors Items · Old Trunks · Oak China Cabinet · Oak Secretary Desks · Old Clocks · Round Oak Tables With 6 Chairs · Roll Top Desk · Old Navajo Jewelry · Nippon -- Pre-Columbia Pottery Pollyanna 's 923 16th Street 353-6966 yvnff\wyvf»y\ny/vff(y\wft"fl GRAVEL REFILL--As the trencher moves through the field, gravel must be continuously placed around the pipe to form a filter envelope. Here Harold Herbst the work done by the trencher is handled through Ihe West (Jreeley Soil Conservation District. The engineers with Ihe SCS, upon the request of Ihe district, Conservation Service acting analyze the strata and types of' engineer, points out. "Every through a soil conservation soil in the area, the height and case must be analyzed to district. In this area, most of direction of flow of the ground properly design Ihe drainage system. And its important to determine the direclion of flow of the ground water. "For many years," Sloan continued, "people thought that the drainage tile should be in the direction of Ihe flow, but this served only to drain a few feet on cither side of the tile. "We now know thai the.most effective drains must be placed perpendicular to Ihe flow," Sloan said. "In (his way we intercept the flow and give it a route of leasl resistance to follow, which carries the water out of the field." District Conservationist Dave Sussuth told why drainage systems are so i m p o r t a n t . "When the water level is near the surface of the ground, water is drawn up by Ihe capillary action of the sun. As Ihe water reaches the surface it crystalized leaving salts behind as it evaporates. "These salts are mostly alkaline," Sudduth said. "As a plant gathers these sails around its root system, the water tends to move to the area of the highest concentration until all areas are equalized. "In the case of the plants, the highly concentrated alkaline salts draw the water away from the root systems and the plants Cnnijr.Ucu on page HI7 refills the gravel hopper during an installation. (Tribune photo by Lynn Heinze) \ . Jim Graham President Lloyd Graham Vice President Jo Morse Business Manager TALK ABOUT PROGRESS? In 1970, Jim and Lloyd Graham started a Dodge dealership with 14 employees and sold 121 new cars, and 223 used. Jim had 14 years of automotive experience in Denver; 10 of which he spent as general manager. Lloyd, a retired Marine, had 2 years automotive experience. Today, they employ 31 people, selling annually 304 new cars, 612 used and have added a new body shop and 2 full lines of motor homes, "Champion and Thunderbird." (Amerigo and Excel campers are also available). Talk about progress! Talk to Jim and Lloyd Graham. They really know what the word progress means. Sonny Tavenner Genera I Manager Bill Steen Body Shop HITT-GRAHAM DODGE Dan Marquez Sales Manager SUPERIOR SALES AND SERVICE Robert Ortega Parts Manager 3501 W. loth Street 352-7246 Donald Noblett Service Manager

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