2018 - Volume #42, Issue #4, Page #26[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Portable Fan Aerates Remote Bins
“It is powered by a Vanguard V-Twin gas engine,” says Aron Friesen, Venlaw Manufacturing. “It can handle any bin from 2,000 to 33,000 bushels for at least 55 hrs. before refueling, depending on static pressure and engine load. On smaller bins, it’ll run for 3 to 4 days.”
The initial idea for a portable aeration fan was to use it on grain bags. However, once farmers saw it, they wanted it for their bins.
“We didn’t even realize there were so many people without power at the bin,” says Friesen. “We think there is still potential to use them with coarse grains, soybeans, peas and corn in bags. We haven’t tested the fans on small grains as yet.”
Friesen describes the process of developing the fan as a lot of trial and error, making changes where needed.
“We discovered a coupler isn’t as strong as needed,” says Friesen. “We have replaced it on new fans and are doing free upgrades with all our customers. We also added an oil shutoff for the engine.”
The portable aeration fans are priced at $8,900 (Canadian). Venlaw is also introducing a full line of electric fans with 3 to 15 hp. motors in single and triple phase.
The fans are available at a variety of Canadian farm supply outlets. They are looking for dealers in the U.S. Venlaw Manufacturing can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Venlaw Manufacturing, Box 456, Watson, Sask. Canada S0K 4V0 (ph 306 383-7191).
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