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Gravity Wagon Auger Converted To Portable Drill Fill
"It beats handling soybean seed by hand," says Larry Coutant who converted a hydraulic-powered grain auger into a portable unit that he uses to fill his 20-ft. Great Plains drill.
The Charleston, Ill., farmer started with a 6-in. dia., 12-ft. long Parker auger, which was originally designed to attach to the side of a gravity flow wagon. He extended the length by 7 ft. with old auger tubing and flighting for increased reach.
He built a support frame out of scrap angle iron and pipe and fitted it with two 10 in. dia. wheels. The wheels are hinged on the axle so, in addition to running lengthwise for transport, they can be turned sideways so the auger pivots to cover entire length of the drill.
A 1,000-lb. winch mounted on the side of the frame raises and lowers the auger with a pulley mounted on top of a 7-ft. vertical brace on front of the frame.
Coutant equipped the hopper with a metal tongue so he can pull the auger behind his pickup or grain wagons.
"It's ideal for switching varieties which are loaded in several different wagons," he says. "The biggest expense was the $250 I paid for the auger at a sale."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Larry W. Coutant, 1612 Reynolds Dr., Charleston, Ill. 61920 (ph 217 345-3328).

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1998 - Volume #22, Issue #5