Grain augers

Agriculture.com Staff 09/04/2008 @ 12:30pm

When you've got two combines working in the field and a semi to unload, you need a grain auger that's efficient and easily maneuverable.

According to Greg Giesbrecht, Westfield Industries, there are seven key features you should look for in an auger.

Drive system. What type of drive system do you prefer? Choices include tractor PTO, electric motor, gas motor, and hydraulics.

Unloading. What kind of truck are you unloading? Do you require a swing-away hopper?

Auger application. Will augers be used for unloading and loading trucks and bins, for loading trucks only, or solely for loading bins?

Storage. Augers are made for a flat storage bin with door access, flat storage bin with unload, hopper bottom bin, and flat ground storage.

Seed or pulse crops. Is the auger intended for seed or for crops that need gentler handling? A conveyor belt should be considered for the gentlest handling.

Capacity. Do you have a preferred capacity? Capabilities range from low (0 to 3,000 bushels per hour) to high (6,000 to 9,000 bushels per hour). "Make sure to match your auger capacity to your bin's grain spreader," notes Giesbrecht.

Length. Augers can range anywhere from 26 to 111 feet. "Here's a helpful tool to calculate auger length: (Eve height of bin + 1/2 bin diameter) × 1.4 = auger length," says Giesbrecht.

Based on the number of hours used, augers are one of the most dangerous machines on the farm. Even though shields don't significantly affect grain feeding into the auger, the most common cause of injury is lack of shields. Prevent safety hazards by leaving all shields in place.

On the following page are five grain auger manufacturers that offer a variety of sizes and features to meet the needs of your operation.

When you've got two combines working in the field and a semi to unload, you need a grain auger that's efficient and easily maneuverable.

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Brandt

866/4-BRANDT

The 13×110 HP Swing Auger is 160% of the capacity of a standard 13" swing-away auger. Four 10" adjustable pneumatic tires make positioning the hopper easy.

Contact a dealer for pricing.

www.agriculture.com/go/6462

Feterl

800/367-8660

The 10" swing-drive auger features a mechanically driven swing hopper powered by two off-angle gearboxes. Can be operated and transported on right or left side. Available in galvanized or white finish in varying lengths.

Contact a dealer for pricing.

www.agriculture.com/go/6463

Hutchinson-Mayrath

204/746-2396

Mayrath 8", 10", and 12" swing-away hoppers come in galvanized or painted finish. Hopper can be secured to either side of main tube for transport. Drive components enclosed in oil bath housings. Relief door secured by spring-loaded clips.

Contact a dealer for pricing.

www.agriculture.com/go/6465

Sudenga

888/783-3642

Sudenga offers two types of portable augers. The Hi-Efficiency Series auger features hydraulic scissor lift, bottom PTO drive, Gimbal mount, hinged direct drive hopper. Available in lengths of up to 82' with up to 7,000 BPH capacities. The TD-450 (top drive) portable auger features a standard caged intake and is available with multiple drive options. An optional 17Ëš hopper is available.

Contact a dealer for pricing.

www.agriculture.com/go/6464

Westfield

866/467-7207

The MK-100 has an A-frame design for maximum stability. Available in five lengths. Capacity is up
to 6,000 bu./hr. Heavy-duty constant-velocity PTO shaft eliminates vibrations.

$10,318 (MK-100-71GLP)

www.agriculture.com/go/6466

This hopper or auger is designed to maneuver quickly and easily into operational position, even in limited space. The hydraulic lift system takes the work out of raising, positioning, and lowering the auger by utilizing the tractor’s hydraulic system.

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