Wednesday, March 30, 2005
The Sweep Auger
When I was young, my Dad still moved a lot of grain with a scoop. We had corn cribs to put 'ear corn' in. Then we got grain bins (for corn already shelled from the cob)
We were all so impressed that we didn't have to scoop grain out thru the door and into a wagon, that we celebrated only having to scoop it to the middle of the bin where there was hole for the grain to fall into a horizontal auger.
Even though the oldest bins we have were built in the late 50's, they were still 24 feet in diameter, so we scooped the last 1500 bushels the 12 feet to the middle.
Then my Brother borrowed one of these puppies. A 12 foot sweep auger. It travels in a circle around the bin and brings the corn to the middle where it falls in. All that's required is that someone clean up behind it. My Dad was 'agin' it when he first saw it. After all, how lazy can you get when you can't scoop 75000 pounds of corn to the middle of a bin. Dad used it once and he bought one.
Only drawback is that the dust in a soybean bin is usually so bad that you can't see your hand in front of your face. Here I have the aereation fan reversed to draw the dirt down and out.