1977 - Volume #1, Issue #3, Page #17[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
New Cuber Handles Hay, Roughage
The machine can cube anything from alfalfa to wood bark, corn stalks, straw or cotton lint. The system consists of a hammermill, bin, feeder from the bin, blending chamber and cuber. It's designed to allow the operator to add liquid molasses, grain or other supplement to produce a complete cubed ration. The cubing and mixing process can be done at the field site, or at another more central location, since the unit is designed for portability.
According to Paul Husting, General Sales Manager, new models, which will be commercially available by July, will have a capacity of 4 1/2 to 6 tons per hour.
Incorporated into the system is a hammermill unit with a pre-slicer to shred long fiber-type materials. The hammermill has two fan blades that generate air velocity to convey shredded and ground materials to the cyclone, which is mounted above a surge bin. The bin has one steep slope side and three vertical walls to facilitate the steady flow of coarse material into the variable speed 12" feeder screw. The feeder screw provides a smooth, steady flow of material into the high speed blender. Directly below its discharge end is the entry to the cubing chamber. An agitator inside this entry chute functions as an equalizing feeder to divide and promote continuous flow into the four cubing sections. These 2" x 2" sections are specially fabricated to provide the proper friction characteristics to form a solid cube with firmness and veneered surfaces.
"The driving force of the four 2" x 2" pistons is the heart of the cubing process," explains Husting.
The entire system sells for $17,500 and the cuber alone for $8,000. The complete system is operated with a total of 73 electric hp, or its equivalent from a tractor pto or a stationary engine.
For more details, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, California Pellet Mill, 1114 E. Wabash Ave. Crawfordsville, Ind. 47933 (ph. 317 362-2600).
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