2017 - Volume #41, Issue #5, Page #31[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Power Kits Move Combine Tank Auger And Steps
“Pushing a button on a hand-held remote swings the ladder in or out, which eliminates a big safety issue,” Bohn says. “The operator doesn’t have to stand outside the cab on a small ledge, 8 ft. off the ground, push down on a metal bracket and then swing the ladder awkwardly to the side. Doing that a person can lose their balance and slip and it’s a long way to the ground.”
The Power Swing ladder uses a small cylinder activated by an electric motor to move the ladder in or out. The device fits all Deere STS and S series combines built since 2000, is easy to install, and sells for $995 plus shipping.
Bohn also invented a power folding kit for the in-tank fountain auger. Designed originally for Deere STS combines, it allows the operator to lower or raise the auger from inside the cab from a hand-held remote. He’s working on a kit for CIH 10, 20 and 30 Series combines.
“With this kit the operator doesn’t have to crawl up the back of the combine, over the engine and into the tank, which can be really dangerous if there’s any moisture on those ladders. Everything is controlled from inside the cab,” says Bohn.
Bohn’s design efficiently mates the fountain auger extension to the base auger. Says Bohn, “We replaced the top auger bearing with a hex ID bearing, a spacer and a hex stub shaft so it easily meshes with the lower auger shaft. The kit takes about 3 to 4 hrs. to install, and that time will make your machine a lot safer to operate.” The auger kit costs $1,499 plus freight.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, PWR EZ Systems, 9006 Rogers Road, Castalia, Ohio 44824 (ph 419 357-7458; www.pwrezsystems.com).
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