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Lift Stops Grain Damage In Combines
The inventor of the "Bean Veyor", a belt conveyor that replaces the regular combine unloading auger to eliminate damage to soybeans as they're unloaded, has developed a new invention that reduces damage to soybeans as they're being threshed.
The new "Bean Lift" is a low-speed elevator leg that moves beans from the separation area in the combine to the bin and completely replaces the clean grain elevator.
"The Bean Veyor eliminates damage as beans are unloaded by auger. We used to think the rest of the damage was done in the cylinder or separator area but, by testing, we discovered that it was actually occurring in the clean grain elevator as a result of mechanical damage due to the high speed at which the cups or paddles handled them. The beans were actually smashed when trapped between the chain and the sprockets, and as they slid along the sidewalls," says Gale E. Maust, president of Maust Enterprises, Inc.
"Many owners have attempted to reduce damage problems by replacing the rubber paddles with steel cups. The steel cups do help prevent elevator plug-up due to mud but a great deal of damage can still occur as a result of the sliding action and the high speed at which the cups operate," explains Maust.
The new Bean Lift, which fits all Case-IH Axial Flow and Deere 6600 and 7700 models, consists of 6 by 10-in. cups that travel at 1/6th the speed of standard clean grain elevators.
The Bean Veyor and Bean Lift were developed primarily for the dry edible bean market but Maust says interest has been strong from growers of everything from peanuts to soybeans to corn. The two add-on units sell as a package for $3,000 to $3,500, depending on make of combine.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gale E. Maust, Maust Enterprises, Inc., 8639 Pigeon Rd., Bay Port, Mich. 48720 (ph 517 453-3837).

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