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Transmission Controls Unloading Auger
"It lets me vary auger speed according to conditions and reverse the auger so I can unplug it," says Mark Severson, Minot, N. Dak., who coupled a 5 hp electric motor to a junked 3-speed pickup trans-mission to power a holding bin unloading auger.
Severson mounted the electric motor and transmission, which was salvaged from a 1956 Ford 1/2-ton, at the bottom of a 2,000-bu. V-bottom hopper. The trans-mission chain-drives a 28-ft long, 8-in. dia. auger. The auger unloads grain into an auger leading to a dryer.
"The transmission makes it easy to handle virtually any type of grain whether it's wet or dry, fine or coarse," says Severson. "Ihadbeen direct-driving the auger with the electric motor but I needed a better way to control the flow of grain. Sometimes the dryer couldn't keep up with the auger, and if the auger plugged up I had no way to reverse it. Now I just use the transmission shift lever to speed up or slow down. An electric shutoff switch mounted on the dryer turns the electric motor on and off."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mark Severson, Rt. 3, Box 204, Minot, N. Dak. 58701 (ph 701839-2779).

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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #3