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Bristle Auger Catching On Fast
That new bristle auger you've been hearing about is catching on fast, thanks to its ability to virtually eliminate damage to seeds and crops.
Replacement bristle augers are now available to replace the steel flighting and shaft in most sizes of conventional augers, says Max Montgomery, Kenton, Ohio, who invented the bristle auger and used one for three years on his own farm before going public.
The bristles on Montgomery's auger are stiff nylon that brush against the sides of the auger tube. A special silicon-rubber coating coats the first couple feet of the auger to get seed started, and decrease bounce as seeds exit the auger.
"Auger capacity is probably reduced about 25% because of seed pushing past the bristles. We hope to improve that soon with a new product that should stiffen up the bristles, yet keep them soft enough so the seed cannot crack," Montgomery told FARM SHOW.
Any size auger can be converted. As for wear, Montgomery says it varies: "One farmer augered 10,000 bu. last winter with no visible wear, while another moved 20,000 bu. and reported his had considerable wear. Keep in mind, however, that 20,000 bu. of seed is a lot of seed for most farmers." He cautions against using the bristle auger on fertilizers and other heavy materials.
Bristle flighting for a 6-in. by 12-ft. auger sells for about $300.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Montgomery Bristle Auger, Inc., Box 9879, Kenton, Ohio 43326 (ph 419 675-1620).

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