1985 - Volume #9, Issue #6, Page #36[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Grain Conveyor First Of Its Kind
Steve Lofquist, who runs a custom welding shop in Elwood, Neb., built it for a large elevator company. "They wanted high capacity with minimal damage to grain. This grain conveyor has moved more than 1 1/2 million bushels of grain in the last year and a half and shows little or no wear. Any repairs - even major ones - can be taken care of quickly and all parts are standard equipment available anywhere," says Lofquist.
The conveyor is 35-ft. long and 16-in. wide. The belt has 2-in. high slats spaced every 12-in. It can be mounted on any make of tractor 60-hp. or above, and can be dismounted in 10-min. or less with a conventional 3-pt. rear hookup. The conveyor raises to a maximum height of 20-ft. on a hydraulic cylinder at the front of the tractor.
Grain is fed to the conveyor belt by a large 12-in. dia auger mounted across the lower end of the conveyor. "The use of a large diameter auger prevents damage to grain," says Lofquist, noting that both the auger and conveyor are powered by the tractor pto. All bearings are shielded from dirt and grain. Lofquist says he has yet to replace a single bearing on the grain mover. "It's been used under all conditions. Handles any type of grain at any moisture level."
Lofquist builds the conveyor for $7,500.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Lofquist Welding Inc., Rt. 1, Box 114 G, Elwood, Neb. 68937 (ph 308 785-2755).
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