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Homemade Bin Auger
Tom Dutton, Menoken, N. Dak.: Tom came up with these inventions to make life easier around his farm.
  "I made a folding, four-legged portable vise stand from scrap 1 1/2-in. sq. tubing. I made a hinge for the top of the folding frame out of 3/4-in. sq. tubing and 1/2-in. dia. round bar. The stand holds the vise about waist high. It stores easily and is exceptionally stable.
  "I made a bin auger from an old 6-in. dia. auger that had a worn out tube. I used two small U-joints from an old front-wheel drive car to make the upward joint in the auger just outside the bin. Drive is provided by an orbital motor off an old drag auger.
  "I also made a baler pickup lift to reduce the number of teeth we break. It's made from an old hydraulic cylinder and scrap iron bolted to the frame of our OMC baler. We bolted a short piece of chain to the original lift spot on the pickup so it can flex freely. The modification saves us a lot of money in broken teeth."

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1999 - Volume #23, Issue #5