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Sideline Seed Cleaner
Ex-farmer Mark Bruellman (who continues to "keep his hand in" by farming 160 rented acres) also runs a "sideline" seed cleaning business with a portable, self-contained seed cleaner he continues to update and modify.
The Crippen cleaner was originally bought new by his local co-op in 1950. "It was a basket case when I bought it from a neighbor but it now sports its own 4-cyl. car engine, a 220-volt generator to power the intake auger, a plastic cup elevator, a clean grain "brush" auger, and a sewing machine if you want to bag the seed. It blows all "cleanouts" into a wagon - the fanner keeps them all. I can do 250 to 300 bu. per hour, bag or bulk, taking seed from overhead bin, wagon, truck or granary.
"I charge 55 cents per cleaned bushel or $I.40 per 60-lb. bag. Even though it weighs over 6,000 lbs., it pulls down the highway at speed limit so I can travel hundreds of miles for big jobs or to areas where there are several smaller jobs. We're cheaper and we travel right to the farm, so business is good."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mark Bruellman, Bruellman Seed Sales, Rt. 1, Box 27, Whittemore, Iowa 50598 (ph 515 887-6556).

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1987 - Volume #11, Issue #3