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Level Best Grain Spreader
"It works better than any spreader now on the market," says Robert J. Kennedy, president of an Indiana-based design firm that has come up with the new "Level Best" grain spreader that's designed to work as well in an 18-ft. dia. bin as in a 90-ft. bin.
The Level Best is not only designed to handle varying bin sizes but also flow rates that vary from 500 to 3,000 bu. per hour. Using remote control that allows the operator to control the speed of the spreader from ground level, the diameter of the spreader's spreading pattern can be changed instantly to even out grain levels in the bin. The inventors also say that the Level Best is the first spreader that'll evenly distribute fines, avoiding hot spots that often develop directly below spreaders.
"Once installed, the Level Best requires no further adjustments but can be varied continuously from ground level with remote control," says Kennedy. "The speed of the flowing grain itself is used to distribute the grain evenly in the bin. Most spreaders spin at a high speed to throw grain to the outside of the bin, often with damage to the grain. Additionally, the high speed of the spinning platform tends to throw off fines which fall to the center of the bin, creating hot spots. Also, most adjustments are made on a trial and error basis with no variable speed control."
Kennedy's company, Indiana Design Consortium, is looking for a manufacturer for the new spreader. Kennedy expects the 500 to 3,000 bu. per hr. model to sell for $400 to $600, and the larger 3,000 to 5,000 bu. per hr. model to sell for $800 to $1,200. Hand-built prototypes are already available, but at a higher price.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Indiana Design Consortium, 310 Main Street, P.O. Box 180, Lafayette, Ind. 47901 (ph 317 423-5469).

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