1987 - Volume #11, Issue #5, Page #04[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Bin safety ladder's also a crust busterMany grain bin accidents happen when chunks of grain plug the unloading auger. Someone goes inside to pry the plug-up loose and grain suddenly comes tumbling down to cause serious injury or possibly even death.
To solve the plugging problem and help ensure greater grain bin safety, a Minnesota firm has introduced a combination safety ladder-crust buster that fits all size bins.
It has a built-in, 4-blade crust-busting agitator at the bottom. If there's a plug-up, you undo it by turning the agitator handle which extends vertically to the top (or near the top) of the bin inside a 2¢ in. square tube. Steps welded to the vertical square tube make it easy ù and safer ù to climb down inside the bin. The entire assembly comes in 5 ft. sections which telescope together, without bolts or screws, for easy shipping, erection and dismantling.
Three chains that tie into the bin wall support the safety ladder. It doesn't interfere with filling the bin, or with bin stirrers, say its co-inventors Jerome Klingler and Keith Bakken.
A combination ladder-crust buster to fit a 16 ft. dia. bin costs right at $275, plus about $10 per ft. for bigger bins.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Klingler Mfg., P.O. Box 442, New Ulm, Minn. 56073 (ph 507 359-9849).
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