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Bin Port Allows For Easy Access
“If an unloading auger plugs or something breaks, most bins don’t have any way other than the usual to get the grain out,” says Matt Maertens. “Sometimes people will have to cut a hole in the side and let it run out until the door can be opened. That’s time-consuming and costly.”
    Matt and his brother Mike own and operate Maertens Welding in Glenfield, N.D. One of their feature products is the “Bin Port”, a single-piece unit that can be easily added to any steel bin.
The Bin Port allows access to the grain without crawling inside, damaging the walls, or risking a fire. It can receive an auger or vacuum hose or provide enough room to prod and loosen solid bridged grain.
    The 16-gauge galvanized steel port consists of an 18-in. diameter, 24-in. long tube built at a 20-degree angle which extends into the bin. A watertight cover features an internal foam weather-proof seal to keep moisture out and is secured in place by a crossbar and wingnuts.
    Maertens recommends two units for larger bins so they can be emptied evenly without risk of structural collapse.
    He says they’re easy to install in empty bins once location, height, length of auger, and overall size are considered.
    “Cut a hole in the wall, and place the port inside,” Maertens says. “They have an oversize flange that butts up against the corrugation of the wall. Just run silicone around the connection and fill the gaps with expanding foam for a good seal.”
    He says it works best to pre-drill the holes and use self-threading bolts for a secure hold.
    The Bin Ports are built from scratch in their Glenfield shop and sell for $320 plus S&H. Sales throughout North America are made directly from Maertens Welding or a network of dealers throughout the upper Midwest.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Matt Maertens, Maertens Welding & Machine Co., 310 State Highway 20, Glenfield, N.D. 58443 (ph 701-785-2555; maertenswelding@gmail.com; www.maertenswelding.com).

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