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Rebuilt Auger Works Better Than New
If you've got an auger with a damaged gearbox or a broken driveline, you'll like this inexpensive do-it-yourself repair by Iowa farmer Leroy Mabeus that put the auger back to work "better than new".
When the gearbox gave out on his 8-in. by 56-ft. Westfeld auger, Mabeus first cut away the hopper and the bottom of the auger tube and then cut a hole in the top of the auger tube about 1 1/2-ft. from the bottom of the auger. He welded a new hopper over the hole. He used a small round pig waterer for the hopper.
Next, he welded an 8-in. flange to the end Of the auger tube and bolted a 1/4-in. thick steel plate over the auger opening. A 1 1/4-in. bearing block that supports the 11/4-in. shaft on the end of the auger bolts to the end
plate. The pto couples directly to the auger shaft. Mabeus notes that he plans to put a heavy rubber shield over the pto joint.
The hitch consists of two pieces of 4-in. channel iron welded together that mount on the bottom side of the auger tube and hitch to the tractor drawbar. "I have 7 different bulk bins to fill so I just leave the auger hooked up to the tractor and load feed into the auger hopper from the my grinder mixer," says Mabeus, noting that the final modification was to move the winch that raises and lowers the auger about 4 ft. lower on the auger tube so he can easily reach it from the ground.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Leroy D. Mabeus, Rt. 1, Box 21, Wever, Iowa 52658 (ph 319 372-5146).

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1990 - Volume #14, Issue #1