1987 - Volume #11, Issue #5, Page #29[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Full Circle Bin SweepThree key features set the new Clean Sweep apart from anything else on the market, according to inventor Lynos Swanson, of Lawton, N.Dak.
"It stays level with the floor and cleans out grain to the bottom of the bin, makes a complete 360? circle, and operates without your having to be in the bin," explains Swanson.
"Other bin sweeps I've seen don't work level with the ground. Under the pile of grain, they rise up and the sweep passes over grain so there's a lot that has to be shoveled by hand. Ours has a pin to hold the sweep down so most of the grain is pushed into the auger. Coupled with a cleanup shield on the back of the sweep, it empties the bin and leaves very little grain to shovel. The shield keeps the auger full. There's less dust because the 7 in. auger is down in the grain."
A rubber-padded drive wheel propels the sweep "so you don't have to be inside the bin, except to move the auger once, and a little while when the bin is nearly empty," notes Swanson.
Hydraulic power for his the new Clean Sweep can be provided with a tractor, or with an optional hydraulic pump. The standard unit fits 17.5, 18, 19 and 21 ft. dia. bins. Available with 2 and 3 ft. extensions for bigger bins. Works in Quonsets or other flat-storage buildings, as well is in circular bins.
"You don't have to put center cleanouts in your grain bin floors because the Clean Sweep auger serves the same purpose," Swanson point out.
Standard Clean Sweep with auger mount sells for about $700. Entire package, including sweep, auger mount, hydraulic pump, tank, control box, hoses and belts, sells for right at $1,000.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Clean Sweep Auger, SSR Pump Co., Box 66, Michigan, N. Dak. 58259 (ph 701259-2331).
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