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He Added Hopper Extensions, Big Augers To His Deere Combines
The hopper extensions on David Fathauer's Deere combines look like they were built at the factory but the Lake City, Ill., farmer added permanent ex-tensions himself along with built-fromscratch 15-in. dia. unloading augers.
He boosted grain-carrying capacity on his 1978 Deere up to 370 bu. and in-creased capacity on his 1970 Deere to 335 bu. His home-built unloading augers unload each combine in about 2 1/2 min., depending on grain moisture. The augers are powered by hydraulic motors mounted at the ends of the augers. He drives hydraulic pumps off the combine engines, controlled by electric clutches.
Built from tube steel and sheet metal, the bin extensions flair out from the side of the combines. Round portholes cut into the sides of the extensions let the operator know at a glance how full the bins are.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, David Fathauer, Lake City, Ill. 61935.

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1993 - Volume #17, Issue #4