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Belt Conveyor Replaces Combine Unloading Auger
"Using the BeanVeyor instead of the combine's conventional unloading auger eliminates 98% of the damage to the crop as it's unloaded. Augers nick and scar the crop, which lowers its value. And, in wet conditions, augers tend to mix mud, weeds and the crop together," says Gale Maust, Bay Port, Mich., manufacturer of the BeanVeyor.
Maust says his invention, which uses a belt conveyor rather than an auger to unload the grain tank, is sparking a lot of Interest among area farmers, especially those who raise dry beans, such as kidney, pinto and navy beans. "If the beans skin is damaged, the farmers receive less for them and may not be able to sell them at all," Maust points out.
He notes that his BeanVeyor can also be used to convey soybeans, corn and small grains. He feels it will be especially popular with the seed growers of these crops, as well as soybean growers who are forced to harvest wet beans and need to minimize crop damage. After removing the BeanVeyor from the combine, you can also use it to convey seed, grain and fertilizer to and from trucks and bins.
The BeanVeyor mounts on Deere's Titan and International's Axial Flow combines, adjusting to the same height as the existing auger but leaving the auger intact. On Deere models, it mounts on the side of the combine hanging from the unloading auger. On Internationals, it anchors to the side and top of the combine without attaching to the auger. On both models, you use the unloading auger's control lever to swing the BeanVeyor into position.
A flow control door mounted on the side of the grain tank regulates crop flow into the discharge hopper. On Internationals, you cut a hole into the side of the tank for the door, while on Deere combines you remove a plate from the side of the tank.
The crop then flows from the hopper onto the BeanVeyor's 12-in. wide rubber belt. Equipped with crescent-shaped lugs, it picks up and carries the crop into the waiting truck or wagon. Maust says the BeanVeyor's unloading speed is comparable to a conventional unloading auger for drybeans but is slower than augers when conveying shelled corn.
Installation uses existing holes with some modification to the sheet metal. Afterwards, the BeanVeyor detaches from the combine by removing four bolts. A control unit mounted in the cab electro/hydraulically controls the belt's stop/start action and the flow control door.
A 16-ft. long model sells for $3,500.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Maust Enterprises, Inc., 8639 Pigeon Road, Bay Port, Mich. 48720 (ph 517 453-3837).

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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #5