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Self-Propelled Augers: Swather-Mounted
When Lloyd Hamilton bought an old self-propelled Cockshutt swather at a sale near his Cymric, Sask., farm, he planned to take the 35-hp. Wisconsin engine out of the machine and junk the rest. After the swather sat around the yard for a while, though, he got a different idea.
Why not mount his big 8-in. dia., 60-ft. auger on the swather and forget trying to wrestle it around between grain bins?
"The auger was always a problem because it took two people to move. When we were busy it could really slow us up," says Hamilton who reworked the swather into a permanent auger transport.
An electric winch raises and lowers the top end of the auger while a hydraulic cylinder raises and lowers the back end. Hamilton replaced the variable speed drive units on the front of the swather with orbit motors and used the variable speed drive, along with a set of belts, to power the formerly pto-driven auger. The steering gear from an old Minneapolis Moline tractor is used to control the rig. He powers the lifting winch with a reversible 12-volt motor. The top end of the auger can be raised to a height of about 30 ft.
Hamilton says one of the best things about the auger is the variable speed, which lets him slow it up when not running at full capacity, and the big 35-hp. engine. "It always has enough power," he notes.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Lloyd C. Hamilton, Box 12, Cymric, Sask. S0G 0Z0 Canada (ph 306 484-4627).

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1987 - Volume #11, Issue #4