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Car Axle Used To Convert Belt-Driven Auger To Pto Drive
Norman Smith, Walsh, Ill., converted his belt-driven, 45-ft. auger to pto drive by mounting an old car axle on the side of the auger and connecting a pto shaft to the differential. A steel shaft runs from the upper wheel hub up to the top of the auger where it chain-drives the auger shaft.
The rear axle is from a small Austin-Healey car. To mount the axle on the auger, Smith made brackets to go around the auger tube and bolted and welded them on. The pto is from an old Allis-Chalmers pull-type combine. To connect the pto to the axle he re-moved the four bolts that originally held the U-joint on, then stuck new bolts in and welded the pto shaft to them.
The long shaft is actually a series of several 10-ft. long steel pipes joined together by steel bolts and is held in place by a series of wooden blocks attached at intervals to the auger tube. To mount the shaft he simply drilled a hole through each of the blocks and squirted oil into the holes to provide lubrication. He locked the lower wheel hub in place by drilling a hole through the brake drum and inserting a bolt.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Norman Smith, 7302 Walsh Road, Walsh, Ill. 62297 (ph 618 774-2960).

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1998 - Volume #22, Issue #4