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"Weight Kit" Solves Auger Problem
"I added this kit to one of my customer's 10-in. by 36-ft. take-out augers after he complained that it was a real back breaker to move it around - in and out of grain bins or under hopper bins and such," says farm repair shop owner Roger Gutschmidt. "I added the weight box to counter balance the lower end, enabling him to lift it more easily. I also mounted a jack with a swivel caster wheel from Shoup Manufacturing so he can now roll it around without injuring his back."
  The swivel jack with pneumatic wheel rolls easily, and has about 15 in. of travel up and down, according to the Gackle, N. Dak. man. He says the caster-type flotation wheel rotates a full 360 degrees for easy, precise positioning and allows one person to move any auger from bin to bin. For transport and storage, it swings upward and locks in position.
  The weight box consists of a 20-in. length of 3 by 5 by 3/8-in. wall rectangular tubing. Inside this 20-lb. box, Gutschmidt slid 3 pieces of 3/4 by 4 by 19-in. flat plates, which weigh 16 lbs. each. To increase the weight even more, he bolted another 21-lb. plate to the bottom of the rectangular tubing, bringing the total weight of the end of auger to just 90 lbs.
  "The weighted box is welded to a couple of heavy duty clamps that go around the 10-in. auger tube," he says. "It's low profile so it doesn't interfere with loading onto trucks or trailers."
  The weight box cost Gutschmidt $50 in materials, while the jack dolly added another $359 to the project.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gutschmidt Manufacturing LLC, Roger Gutschmidt, 6651, Hwy. 56, Gackle, N. Dak. 58442 (ph 701 698-2310; shopdoc @ drtel.net).

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2009 - Volume #33, Issue #2