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Loader-Mounted Grain Auger
Moving any 50 ft. long grain auger takes a lot of muscle. But add a 10 in. screw and it becomes a beast nobody likes to wrestle with.
Not so for Richard Baker, of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He needed a big auger to move the mountain of grain he produces each year on his farm.
To get a big auger that he could move easily around the farm, and raise to the filler hole of his granaries, he built his own, designing it for mounting on the front-end loader of his tractor. The idea, born in his farm workshop, is now being produced commercially by Brandt Machinery and Manufacturing, Regina, Sask.
The upper part of the loader is fastened to the auger by a pin, and the bottom merely rests in a cradle on the back post. "It takes only about 10 min. to mount the grain anger, or remove it from the tractor. That makes it real easy to use the front-end loader for other jobs around the farm, says Baker.
The auger is driven from the bottom by the tractor's pto. The drive shaft telescopes to allow the auger to be raised or lowered.
The auger is set off to one side of a "cab-less" tractor so there's ample operating room for the driver. It's raised and lowered by the front-end loader. When the loader is in the down position, the auger is nearly horizontal and easily moved along the highway, or under power or telephone lines.
Two models are being manufactured. One is an 8 in. auger 45 ft. long, and the other a 10-in. unit 50 ft. long. List price is $1,800 for the smaller unit, and $2,250 for the bigger one.
Gavin Semple, of Brandt Mfg., says the company is testing an optional hydraulic drive for both models. This testing will determine if that option will be offered, in addition to the pto drive, or if it will replace it.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Brandt Machinery and Mfg. Ltd., 705, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada S4P 3A2 (ph 306 525-1314).

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