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Hydraulic Motor Drives Grain Augers
A hydraulic motor provides the power to run the withdrawal grain auger on Mike Becker's farm near Gypsum, Kan. Mike made the mounting bracket for the hydraulic motor, which replaces an electric motor. The control valve on his tractor lets him adjust to the exact rpm needed.
"The money for the hydraulic motor was well spent because, in minutes, I can remove it for other uses. For example, I can switch it to a 4 in. auger, then mount that auger diagonally in the truck box for in-field filling of fertilizer into planter or grain drill boxes. The hoses get extremely hot when used for this particular application because the tractor is hot, and so is the weather in the spring. One time, fertilizer packed in and around the auger fliting. The motor almost burned up the belt before we noticed it was slipping. A quick reverse of the motor loosened up the fertilizer and all went smoothly again," Mike points out.
He has hand-made brackets for neighbors who wanted a similar hydraulic drive system and is now considering producing a universal bracket which interested farmers could buy, along with the hydraulic motor, hose and other necessary components for a complete kit.
For more details, contact FARM SHOW Followup, Becker Machine Shop, Mike Becker, Route 1, Gypsum, Kan. 67448 (ph. 913-536-4567).

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