Olson in Atkinson, NE. They just galvinize now.
I forgot them. I was just there a few weeks ago.
I think there was another company at Aurora Ne also.
Sheepdog have you ever used a Kroy Air system?
We had one when I was a Kid and I think I spent Half my childhood working on it
My brother works for Olsons. There are actually 2 different Olson Pivots. The galv plant makes like 3 a year...basicly none. The other is basicly a genaric Valley. My neighbor put one up bout 4 years ago. Seams to be alright. Put up 4 new Valleys a couple years ago. They were 16 miles form home and I think he just felt more comfortable about using them that far away.
Rain Cat is one that I know of that wasn't made in NE. Of course out of business. Lots of them are defunct. I use to haul concrete and seen lots of weird used pivots moved in and out. Pierce just came to me as well.
Proably the strangest one was called the Dowd Walker. Built on the principals of the Valley water drive, except instead of wheels it had "feet" basically. Never seen one move, some how the one leg would come up and move ahead and the next one would come from behind. Again not very popular. Konizian as well.
The first Olsons were also hydrolic.
I have seen the Dowd Walker ones I just didn't know who made them.
I worked in the Bartlett area some back in the 1970's and 1980's Help put up a lot of pivots and took a lot of pivots down.
Worked on the old Foxley feed lot when It was started. That was about the joke I was ever around.
I put hay up on the back side of Foxleys...Herd Co now. One of a kind place thats for sure! Leo Dowd made them. He had a gas station in Columbus. Then in the 50's well say he bought some old army trucks and got into the gravel business. Also oil wells. His wife was from Chambers and he bought a bunch of land around O'Neill and developed it in the late 60's during the big boom up here. Between that and oil he got pretty well off. He was quite the inventor and always thought outside the box. He bought some land in Barstow Cal...where ever that is (dry area I think) and put down a well. Took a pivot out there and tired to raise small grains on cheap soil. Too poor of dirt so he pulled the well, hired some locals to disassemble the pivot and hauled it back to his brothers in law and developed a pivot for them back here in Chambers just a mile north of me! Didn't make since to me to haul it all back here, but guess hes the millionaire and not me.
I try to think of some of the other off breads of pivots....during the boom lots of people made them.
I'm sure you got some good stories bout Foxleys. Ive seen google pics of the place. 1/2 mile cattle sheds A through N. Pivot endguns above blowouts. People from Ill and Indy would shake there heads bout us loons out here, HAHA
Foxley Cattle was an interesting place. It has been three years since I been to Foxley/Herd cattle. Bill was a good guy to me, he always treated me great. Even when he was in trouble he would take care of me. I first meet him at his Mead Lot. I did some work down there. That is how I got the work at Bartlet. I can not think of the name of the guy that ran the lot at Bartlet??? He was at the Mead lot until the Bartlet lot was built. At Bartlet I dug pits, build sheds. If I remember there was 15 sheds. Worked some on the feed, Steam/grind shed and move the dirt for the silage pit. When It was built it was a state of art feed lot. Steaming corn/feed was unheard of at the time. I think it was the largest confined feedlot in the US at the time it was built. It was the First Eco Friendly feed lot in the States. That is how he got to build it. There was many lawsuits filed over that feed lot. Many people did not want it built. Not only people in the area but people from all over the United States. There was a couple demonstrations over building that lot. There was a hippie that camped out just over the ridge to the north east, I don't know what happened to him. I was there the day the first floor collapses, what a mess. I was leveling land just west of the north main entrance gate, when the floor collapsed. They wanted me to doze a ramp into the pit, so they could get cattle out. They lost a lot of cattle that day. Since then they added the new scale house. I tried to find my pictures of Foxley Cattle. One day they were receiving cattle and trucks were lined up north to were the road turns back east to the highway. That a long ways. They used 4WD Case tractors to pack silage and the tractors looked like ants on the pile. Later I put up pivots, what was funny I removed a lot of the same pivots from the area and tried to reseed grass back in the later 80's. The government payed to tear the grass up and put pivots on it, then the Government payed to tear down the pivots and reseed it. Then when the grass did not grow they payed to put pivots back on the ground until the grass was growing, Then remove then???? There was a D8 14A Cat buried east of Foxley Cattle. It was next to a blowout being repaired and the wind came up and covered the machine up. It was dug out several years later for junk. Many contractors went to the area to make a fast buck. They did not know any thing about the soil and the sand/blow outs/wetlands would just eat them alive. Cat Dozer or Cat's with pull scrapers worked the best to level the "hills" and fill the blow out and wet areas. I had a D8 dozer with a pull scraper and a New D6 at the time. Several companies were tearing down pivots for Banks and they just ruined them. Pivot Companies made a lot of money off the "BOOM". Farmers were mad at the Cattlemen, Cattlemen were mad at Farmers for tearing up grass land. Everyone was mad at the Banks, Farm Credit and FHA. Seen many times neighbors were mad at each other. The 80's were interesting times.
Until you have seen the area it is hard to discribe it. Not everone is cut out to live there It is an area that has to grow on you, The people and land are great.
I love the area and almost bought a ranch there a few years ago. Now I wish I had.
NOTHING MORE BEAUTIFULLY THAN COWS AND CALVES IN THE SAND HILLS.