2012 - Volume #36, Issue #6, Page #33[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Auger Mover Made Out Of Riding Mower
ďI use it on my 30-ft. long, 8-in. dia. auger. I stand next to the auger and use toggle switches inside a control box to control all operations. I spent only about $1,500 compared to $5,500 for a comparable commercial model,Ē says Litke.
His 30-ft. auger is equipped with a Kohler 16 hp engine. He stripped a 20-year-old Murray riding mower with a 5-speed transmission down to the front wheels and axle, then used 2-in. steel tubing to build an A-frame that attaches to the auger frame. He mounted the mowerís transmission between the augerís wheels. A belt-driven shaft runs through the transmission to drive both wheels, with the mowerís original 12-volt clutch used to start and stop the belt.
A control box equipped with 4 toggle switches mounts on one side of the auger frame and is used to control 4 electric actuators that run off the augerís battery. One actuator is used to engage the transmission, one to shift gears, one to steer the mower axle, and one to raise the back end of the auger tube off the ground.
Both the augerís wheels are fitted with large ring gears driven by a small gear mounted at the end of the shaft. To pull the auger down the road behind a pickup, Litke disengages the small gear and moves it in on the shaft a few inches, then secures the gear with a cotter pin.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Brent Litke, 49553 Range Road 261, Leduc County, Alta., Canada T9G 0J4 (ph 780 986-6263; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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