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Grain Bin Sampler
You can take samples of stored grain from any level in the bin at any time with an easy-to-use new in-bin grain sampler invented by Canadian farmer-manufacturer Don Dutertre, Dinsmore, Sask.
The sampler consists of a 2-in. dia. PVC pipe that's suspended from the roof of the bin somewhere near the center. This pipe, which runs from the top to the bottom of the bin, has small spring-loaded "gates" spaced every 5 ft. (or at whatever spacing you need).
Individual wires run from each gate down through the center of the sampler pipe and out a portal installed in the side of the bin. Each pull wire is coded so you can tell at a glance which gate each will open. To take a sample, you simply pull on a wire to open the gate and then collect the sample with a small hand auger that inserts into the bottom of the sampler pipe. On hopper bottom bins, the sample falls out by gravity.
"All samples are taken from one location at ground level so you don't have to open your bin. You can check the sample for temperature, moisture and contamination from bugs and fungal growth," says Dutertre, who's "Grain-Check" fits any bin. More than one unit can be installed on larger bins, if needed. Bottom brace easily slips out of the way for operation of sweep augers.
The basic model, for 5,000 bu. bins, sells for $189. Dutertre is looking for distributors.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dutertre Manufacturing, Inc., P.O. Box 222, Dinsmore, Sask. Canada S0L 0T0 (ph 306 846-2005).

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