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Kernel Cracker For Grain, Silage
That high speed "kernel cracker" for corn and silage, invented by Clarence and Frank Sageman, Bad Axe, Mich., we told you about in FARM SHOW two years ago (Vol. 9, No. 3) is now being produced commercially by the Fox-Brady Division of Hiniker, Mankato, Minn.
"Our new 4800 Particulator cracks corn up to 10 times faster than a roller mill or tub grinder. It'll process a ton of shelled corn per minute and also works great for processing silage, haylage, ear corn and other grains," says Jon Cederholm, product manager.
Key to the new machine is a 30-in. wide rotating cylinder, similar to that on a combine. It has 150 spikes which carry material through rows of removable concaves. You can add up to four rows for the finest cut. Cederholm notes that running silage through the machine breaks up cobs and kernels, making them more nutritionally available to livestock, but doesn't change the length of cut.
Material is fed into the machine by a 30-in. wide elevator. A leveling auger fits across the conveyor to ensure an even flow of crop into the machine.
Cederholm notes that the new machine eliminates the need for hammermills which require a lot of horsepower, create a lot of fines, have low capacity, and, have many components that wear out.
Hiniker offers the 4800 Particulator with a 40-in. dia. blower that enables you to fill 90-ft. silos. It can be run off a 540 or 1,000 rpm pto and needs a 90-hp. or larger tractor for power. Sells for $7,500.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Hiniker, Fox-Brady Div., Mankato, Minn. 56002 (507 625-6621).

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