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New "Augerless" Grain Elevator
"We think it has important advantages over conventional augers, bucket elevators or air conveyors," says the manufacturer of the new Grain Pump, an "augerless" grain elevator introduced by Hutchinson Division, Lear Siegler, of Clay Center, Kan.
The revolutionary Grain Pump uses round paddles, spaced 13 in. apart on a continuous roller chain, to move grain in or out of storage.
"A common problem with bucket elevators is that they drop grain great distances, causing kernel breakage and cracking," notes Richard Fassler, sales manager. "Conventional augers also have a lot of metal-to-grain contact which causes kernel damage. With our new Grain Pump, there's virtually no kernel damage whatsoever. And, compared to air conveyors, it requires considerably less horsepower in relation to capacity."
Fassler notes that the Grain Pump is a scaled-down version of Hutchinson's Master Mover which uses square paddles and has a higher (5,000 or more bu./hr.) capacity. "Our new Grain Pump uses the same concept, except that it has round instead of square paddles and is rated at 1,500 to 2,000 bu./hr. capacity for a 6 in. dia. system. We'll soon be introducing an 8 in. dia. Grain Pump," Fassler told FARM SHOW.
The 6-in. dia. Grain Pump is available in a portable twin tube unit 61 ft.long, or in a low-profile, stationary system for moving grain in or out of flat or conventional bin storage.
"A conventional grain auger loses upwards of 80% of its capacity when operated at its steepest angle. Our new Grain Pump is 90% efficient at its steepest angle, and handles a wide variety of grains at high moisture levels without plugging or other problems."
Retail cost of a stationary, closed loop Grain Pump system (6-in. dia.) is right at $40 per running foot.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Hutchinson Division, Lear Siegler Inc., P.O. Box 33, Clay Center, Kan. 67432 (ph 913 632-2161).

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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #5