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They Specialize In Combine Auger Tube Liners
When Mike and Brian Ihle needed new auger tube liners for their combines, they couldn’t find what they wanted on the market. So they decided to make their own liners out of 10-ga. steel. The liners generated so much interest that they decided to form a company to market them.
IHLE Fabrications, LLC, Polk City, Iowa, offers steel vertical unload auger liners and bubble-up auger tube liners, and stainless steel clean grain and return liners. They fit a wide variety of combine models from Case IH, New Holland, Deere, Cat Lexion, Claas, and Gleaner, with more being added all the time.
“We’ve always farmed with Case IH combines, so we began with liners for combines that we’re familiar with,” says Mike. “We’ve since expanded to a variety of combine brands, and are now selling to dealers with the intent to save farmers money in labor and parts.”
The vertical unloading auger tube liner is a pre-fit tube that lines the combine’s existing tube before it wears thin and the grain tank has to be replaced. The kit includes a top repair ring and a 4-piece sump kit that you weld into the grain tank, due to holes in the grain tank and in the vertical tube. The clean grain and return auger liner kit consists of 2 weld-in stainless steel liners that are pre-rolled, pre-cut, and pre-fit for easy installation.
All liners are made of 10 to 12-gauge steel and are fabricated on the Ihle’s farm. “Our liners can save farmers thousands of dollars compared to buying new OEM parts,” says Mike. “An example is our bubble-up auger tube liner for Case IH combines. A new OEM auger tube from Case IH sells for $2,800 and takes 1 1/2 to 2 days to install, which comes to about $2,000 in labor. That’s a total cost of about $5,000, whereas our bubble-up auger liner sells for $620 plus shipping and requires far less time to install. Another example is our vertical unload liner for Case IH combines. It sells for $670 plus shipping, whereas a new grain tank, including the cost of labor to install it, costs about $20,000.”
Mike says plastic auger liners on the market work fine if they’re installed when the combine is new. “However, if your combine’s auger tube is already worn out we think steel is the only way to go, because it will last much longer and is easier to install. Also, a steel tube will provide the strength needed to push grain through your combine.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mike Ihle Fabrications, LLC, 16192 NW 44th St., Polk City, Iowa 50226 (ph 515 249-3877; ihlefabco@yahoo.com; www.ihlefabrications.com).

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #2