Posted 6/30/2020 13:57 (#8345530 - in reply to #8345114) Subject: RE: What Vertical Bin Auger has least problems
Any auger kicking on and off to fill a dryer will cause issues, especially a vertical auger.
Augers are not a good way to move grain vertically, ever.
We had many breakdowns and issues with inclined augers feeding our dryer. They all went away when we changed our system to one almost flat auger feeding a short leg feeding the dryer. The leg runs all the time, and the flat auger kicked on and off as needed.
We have since changed from an auger feeding the dryer leg to a chain drag under the wet bin feeding the dryer leg, which is even more reliable.
Get rid of augers at any opportunity.
A short leg will replace a vertical auger very easily, and economically. Yes, a leg is more expensive than an auger, but a short leg sized to dryer capacity is fairly cheap, requires minimal bracing, and if it only feeds a dryer, it requires no turnhead, multiple downspouts, etc., which is where costs add up quickly on a normal leg installation. It can run continuously for days at a time either empty or full, bearings are up out of the muck, it is easy to clean out, and has basically nothing to wear out for many, many years. And it requires much less horsepower to run than an auger.