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Dryers Rebuilt To Like New Condition
If you've got an old grain dryer that's no longer in operating condition, you can save thousands of dollars over the cost of a new dryer by having it rebuilt, says Jim Miller, Scipio, Ind., who's doing a booming business rebuilding old grain dryers to "like new" condition.
Miller says he can rebuild any type of dryer for about one third the cost of a new one.
"A lot of millwrights will work on dryers, but not many will rebuild them from scratch," says Miller, whose only advertising is by word of mouth. "Most farmers junk out old dryers that aren't in working condition. The dryers we rebuild have of-ten been destroyed by fire or by acid from old, rotted grain. I check the dryers over for decay and rust, then sand blast and replace any wornout parts such as chains and controls. Then I prime and repaint them. The cost to rebuild a particular dryer depends on its condition and age, but in general a 1,000 to 1,400 bu. per hour dryer will cost about $15,000 to rebuild. A new dryer of comparable capacity sells for up to $70,000.
"DriAll continuous flow dryers are one of the best models to rebuild because they're built simple and are easy to work on. Also, parts are easy to get. At one time I was the company sales manager. The company is out of business now, but they built a terrific dryer. I also rebuild Farm Fans and Beard dryers as well as other brands."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, James H. Miller, Miller Enterprises, 5585 W. Private Road 850 N., Scipio, Ind. 47273 (ph 812 392-2980).

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1994 - Volume #18, Issue #6