1995 - Volume #19, Issue #3, Page #11[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Knocker Stops Bridging In Feed Bin
R.E. Charlton, Jr., Dillwyn, Va., decided to solve the problem permanently with an automatic "bin knocker" that automatically strikes the bottom of the bin two times a minute.
A pulley on the end of the bin unloading auger belt-drives a small 150:1 gearbox (salvaged from an aircraft engine starter).
The gearbox drives an old silage wagon unloading drive with a large crank welded onto the shaft. As the crank comes around it engages a lever which releases a spring-loaded rubber hammer that strikes the bottom of the bin. As the erank comes around, it resets the hammer.
Charlton says that once he got it set up, his "bin knocker" works unattended whenever the auger runs. "It totally eliminated feed bridging problems," he says.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, R.E. Charlton, Jr., Rt. 2, Box 42, Dillwyn, Va. 23936 (ph 804 983-2246).
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