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Cordless Drill Unloads Feed From Tote Container
“It’s an inexpensive way to store and dispense chicken feed,” says Carl Baldwin, Clarksville, Tenn., who uses a cordless drill equipped with a 1 3/4-in. dia. bulb planting auger to “drill” dry chicken feed out of a 275-gal. industrial bulk container (IBC) originally designed to store liquids.
    The square poly container mounts on cement blocks about 3 ft. off the ground. Baldwin uses the cordless drill and mini auger to pull a mixture of cracked corn, wheat, millet, and sorghum out of the container’s outlet into 5-gal. buckets.
    “The IBC container has a 6-in. dia. opening at the top and a 2-in. dia. outlet at the bottom that would have been too small for grain to flow out freely,” says Baldwin. “I removed the flapper valve from the outlet so I could insert the bulb planting auger into it. The auger shaft always stays with the container, and whenever I want to unload feed I just attach the drill to it.”
    The auger is held in place by a 2-ft. length of 1-in. sq. tubing, which Baldwin bolted vertically to the container’s metal holding frame. The tubing extends down just below the outlet. The auger shaft is inserted through a 3/8-in. dia. hole that Baldwin drilled through the tubing. He slipped a piece of rubber hose over the shaft and clamped the hose in place to keep the auger from drilling itself into the tank during operation, and to act as a thrust bearing.
    “It works slick. I think the same idea could be used with almost any kind of dry material such as sand, etc.,” says Baldwin. “IBC’s are strong, durable, and water and rodent-proof. I bought mine from someone who had been using it to store waste vegetable oil. You can often find the containers online for about $100.”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Carl Baldwin, 677 Vaughan Rd., Clarksville, Tenn. 37043 (ph 931 358-3117 or cell 931 242-5738; baldybaldwin@charter.net).

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2013 - Volume #37, Issue #1