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Grain Bin Jacking System Allows One-Man Construction
Wes Bainter, Hoxie, Kansas, developed a one-man hydraulic bin-jacking system to raise bins one ring at a time. While he's been selling the system for several years, he recently received three patents protecting the various aspects of the system.
  It requires no electricity or outside power. Rather, it relies on a self-contained hydraulic system powered by a Honda gas engine. Two engine sizes are available. The smaller 5.5 hp engine will handle up to 10 jacks, while the larger 11 hp engine will power 48 jacks.
  Bainter's jacks, which bolt to the bin rings, feature a 16-in. hydraulic cylinder and a 3-stage lifting sequence. The jacks can be adjusted easily for 32, 39 or 44-in. ring heights.
  "One master control raises all jacks at the same time, evenly and equally, so the bin goes straight up," he says.
  His system can be expanded by adding more jacks. It can raise any bin, from the smallest farm sized unit to 105-ft. diameter commercial round bins.
  To complement the bin jacking system, Bainter also designed a center pole with center ring support and a rolling stairway to make it easier to construct bin roofs. The stairway features a large landing for safety while working and can be expanded in 5-ft. increments to handle up to 105-ft. dia. bins.
  Bainter's small power unit sells for $3,000. The large power unit is $8,000. Each jack is $1,100, and the smallest (36 ft. diameter bin) center pole with center ring support and stairway system is just $2,000. In most farm bin applications, he recommends one jack for every two wall panels. That's six jacks on a 36-ft. bin or eight on a 48-ft. bin.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Wes Bainter, Bainter Construction Services, L.L.C., P.O. Box 705, Hoxie, Kansas 67740 (ph 785 675-3297; fax 785 675-3649; Website: www.bainterconstruction.com).

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2002 - Volume #26, Issue #3