1985 - Volume #9, Issue #4, Page #32[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Light Signals When Combine Auger Is On"While operating my Massey Ferguson combine in oats last fall I discovered that I had failed to stop the unloading auger after leaving the side of the grain truck and had spilled about 15 bu. of oats on the ground. I later did the same thing in wheat. When other friends told me the same thing often happens to them, I came up with the idea of a warning light," says Jesse Bonness, Minot, N. Dak.
"I bought just four items to construct the device, including a push button switch, a 12-V flasher, a small red light and a few feet of electrical wire. The device can be put on the auger control lever of any make of combine. In addition to the purchased items, I used a screen door spring and a strap iron door hinge. A buzzer could be used instead of a light or, better yet, both could be used.
"The device fits onto the uploading lever. The spring runs from the lever to the door hinge, which is positioned below the switch. When the lever is in unloading position, the spring is stretched, pulling the door hinge up and activating the switch, which lights up the flashing light on the dash. The light stays lit until the lever is moved back to normal position and the auger shut down."
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jesse Bonness, 703 8th Ave. N.E., Minot, N. Dak. 58701.
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