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System Gleans Grain While Loading Bins, Silos
Vernon Hauge, Morris, Ill., and son Jeff put together a portable grain handling and cleaning system by mounting a new Farm Fans stationary air conveyor on a wagon running gear along with a 70-bu. surge bin, grain cleaner, and fines auger.

Hauge uses the conveyor-cleaner to fill two 20 by 50-ft. Harvestore silos and 10 conventional grain bins on his home farm, as well as several conventional bins on three other farms. He pulls the grain handling rig with his pickup.

"We've used it for five years and it really does a good job," says Hauge. "We tried using conventional augers to load our silos and bins, but they damaged too much corn. Grain air conveyors cause less damage. By making this stationary air conveyor portable, and combining it with a grain cleaner, we can take care of two jobs at once and move it to whereever it's needed."

Hauges uses a pair of vertical 3-in. dia.

pipes to fill the Harvstore silos. Flexible tubing from air grain conveyor connects up to a length of flexible tubing at the bottom of the pipes. Grain is augered from a grain dryer into the surge bin, which regulates the flow of grain into the cleaner. Fines from the cleaner are augered into a truck and used for cattle feed, while clean corn is dumped into a hopper equipped with a built-in metering device which regulates the flow of corn to be blown up into the silos.

To blow grain up into his conventional bins, Hauge uses a modified 55-ft. long auger. He removed the auger tube and flighting and replaced it with a 3-in. air pipe that's supported by the auger carriage. The conveyor and cleaner can keep up with the output of both a continuous stage dryer (210 bu. per hour) and a continuous flow dryer (500 to 600 bu. per hour). "We adjust a gate at the bottom of the surge bin to regulate grain flow through the cleaner so the pipe won't plug up," says Hauge.

Contact FARM SHOW Followup, Vernon Hauge, 10684 White Willow Road, Morris, Ill. 60450 (ph 815 736-6177).

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1989 - Volume #13, Issue #4