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Posted 10/14/2021 20:18 (#9269243 - in reply to #9269066)
Subject: RE: Top dry bins

Will add, we run ours in continuous mode. When corn reaches the set point on the CalCuDry, chutes open for a determined time, 32 sec is recommended for a 30 '. End of 32 seconds chutes close and controller turns on motor on wet auger then slide gate letting corn into wet auger. When corn reaches the full level on the drying floor controller shut slide gate, then after giving time for wet auger to empty controller shuts off wet auger. This allows auger to be empty 9n start up making an easier start. No fun to have a plugged wet auger. Top Dry continues drying until grain reaches the predetermined moisture level at the CalCuDry sensors then whole process starts over. Anything goes wrong & the Top Dry control will shut the system down until you reset it.

The dry storage chamber, bin under the Top Dry, was suppose to be settup to operate similarly , when dry corn reaches a certain depth in the dry chamber sensors were to turn on dry augers & unloading on the Top Dry. When corn dropped to a certain point augers would shut off. Dry bins have sensors to shut augers off when that bin is full. Guy that built the system never could get things to work properly so instead of running the risk of overfilling a dry bin we run the dry unload augers manually.. I figure there's at least $12 - $ 15,000 of electronic switches , wiring, & control panels that just sit there unused. We now have an exceptional young electrician that more than likely could make the system work but we've operated so long the way it is I'm comfortable with it the way it is.

Our biggest hangup is when corn gets 5o 18-19% our wet auger system can't keep up. TopmDry dries it faster than the auger will keep the Top Dry full because the 15 hp 1ph motor doesn't have the capability of running the auger that full. This where 3ph & a larger motor would be beneficial. 20% & over we have no issues. Last year dried corn as high as 28% without a hitch.
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