1991 - Volume #15, Issue #6, Page #36[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Turbo blast hillside grain saving system
The new unit is designed to increase capacity and decrease grain loss of non-leveling Case-IH Axial Flow and Deere Maximizer combines operating on hillsides.
"It greatly decreases grain loss in hillside conditions due to overloading of the low side of the combine, and it costs far less than leveling systems on hillside combines," says Lenny Hill. "The economics of farming today, coupled with the rising cost of after-market leveling systems ($50,000 to $70,000 per combine), are forcing farmers to return to non-leveling combines. Our Turbo Blast costs only $3,200 so it can save a lot of money."
One Turbo Blast blower unit mounts on each side of the combine. Both units, which contain high-performance fans, run off the combine's cleaning fan shaft. They're ducted into each side of the separator, directly behind the auger bed and before the cleaning sieve. Pendulum controlled dampers regulate the cross flow of air to redirect chaff and grain away from the downhill side of the combine. The dampers continually sense the varying slopes, increasing or decreasing the cross flow of air to ensure the even distribution of material on the sieve.
"The amount of air that the Turbo Blast delivers changes with the cleaning fan speed," says Hill. "Easy adjustability of the control dampers allows you to customize the air flow to eliminate other material imbalances that may occur, such as rotor side loading or conventional sidewall loading. The cross flow of air provided by the Turbo Blast fans also increases shoe capacity by breaking up the heavy layer of material and starting the separation process be-fore the material reaches the sieve."
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Hillco, 107 First Avenue, Box 399, Nezperce, Idaho 83543-0399 (ph 208 937-2461).
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