2015 - Volume #39, Issue #1, Page #40[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Corn Sheller Made From 5-Gal. Bucket
When Elvin Zimmerman, 15, saw a simple bucket corn sheller his cousin made, he was inspired to improve on the idea with a stand and motor.
He made the beater of his sheller with a 1/2-in. rod with two rows of bolts, with heads welded to the rod in a staggered pattern 3 in. apart. The bolts are about 1/2 in. away from the bucket wall. Zimmerman cut a piece of wood for a lid to mount on a wooden stand.
He cut a hole in the bottom of the bucket and stabilized it with wood and metal to support the rod. He purchased a belt and pulley and connected the rod to a motor off a water pump.
Zimmerman cut holes in the top side of the bucket to drop the corn in through a chute and at the bottom side to fall into a wooden box. Shelled corn falls through the screen bottom into a bucket.
“The hardest part was getting the cob to vibrate out the front,” Zimmerman says. He solved the problem by running a wire from the rod to the screen bottom. It creates enough vibration to shoot the cob out the front.
He notes that the sheller is noisy and not very fast as he feeds it one ear at a time. But it works quite well.
“I really like to make things,” Zimmerman says. And, he’s learning to fix machinery with a part-time job working on diesel tractors.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Edward Zimmerman, N15110 Miller Ave., Owen, Wis. 54460 (ph 715 229-9804).
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