A while back there was a thread for homemade conveyors. By some quirk I cannot find it by search to post my pics so here is my very own conveyor thread. Like my processor it was made largely from available materials not nessasarily ideal materials, but cheap ones.
The main frame was made from some old concrete form. It is an odd C shape. One 4" flange, one 3" with abut a 6" web. Finished length is 17' or enough to load our trucks without a steep angle. Sorry for the very poor pics, camera usually does better, couldn't be the operator could it?? The hopper is not finished and the red boards are 1x4 to extend the sids upwards.
The drive is by chicom Honda, now on sale at HF for $99. Not real happy with this set up, was supposed to be underneath but the undercarrage was in the way no matter how i tried to route things. Will probably end up different as i don't like the drive in the way of erreant wood. We will leave the belt slack for now so it will slip if need be. Middle shaft is old Go cart drive (boys wernt too happy about that, LOL)
Made the head and tail rollers in the shop. 4" pipe, used the plasma to cut disks from 7Ga and 1" bushing. Just jig them and weld. The Lagging on this drive end is simply a piece of the belt, inside out and riveted and glued to the pipe. Welds look really crappy in the pics eh? Dont look tha bad in the shop must be a camera thing?
The hitch removes with a pin so it is not in the way or being tripped over. Pins for both ends are looped to chain and welded so they cannot be lost. More bracing to be added here before we will call it done.
Belt is 18" wide, All shafting is 1" so I stock just two spare bearings for it. total cost so far is right at 1K. Conveyor belt is expensive. also depleted some steel building the processor and had to buy some new for the hopper etc. I don't feel bad about having 1K in this one so far. probably sell for 2-3 times that if I was so inclined (with a slick paint job of course.