Operate augers at low speeds and keep the mouth of the auger well supplied with grain. This practice helps maintain a fuller auger and minimizes grain damage during harvest. ¹
Replace worn augers and make regular inspections, especially if you are using standard steel augers. As they get worn down, the amount of grain damaged is likely to increase.¹
Use UHMW Wearshoes to protect the steel and keep your auger in prime condition, year after year. This simple, durable poly helps ensure gentle grain handling and extend the life of your equipment, saving you money, and protecting your grain. With easy installation and customizable sizes, it's a small decision that can have a big impact on your harvest.
Keep bearings and tubes in good shape. If the auger wobbles within the tube because of either worn bearings or a worn motor mount, grain damage will increase due to increased contact with the flighting edge.¹ Regular inspections and maintenance will help avoid this problem and keep your equipment running smoothly.
¹ Impact of Bulk Seed Handling on Soybean Germination Rate
Authors: Dr. Matt Darr, Iowa State University, Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering - Mr. Ben Rethmel, Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC - Mr. Randall Reeder, The Ohio State University, Food, Agricultural, & Biological Eng.
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