Grainmaxx is offering a feature for its swing augers that will make it easier to unload grain trailers.
The company’s telescopic swing enables users to not only swing the auger hopper under trailers but also to move the hopper closer to the auger.
Sales manager Jim Kambeitz said the telescopic swing makes it much easier to line up trailers to the auger.
“You can park the Super B at the end of the hopper, then instead of swinging the hopper under, the telescopic movement is engaged and the hopper pushed directly under the trailer,” he said.
The telescopic feature provides an increased motion range over traditional swing augers, which are limited in their reach under trailers by their swing.
Operators have to be precise when lining up a truck and trailer to unload: a few inches too close or too far away and the driver may have to jump back in the truck to reposition it.
The telescopic feature makes the auger more forgiving.
“If I have to tweak it because I may be off a little under my semi, I can (adjust it) this while it’s auguring,” Kambeitz said.
A spline drive, which powers the auger in the swing arm, has to insert at least 1.5 to two inches into the end of the auger. The splines are more than a foot long, which allows the hopper to have a telescopic range of approximately one foot while the auger is engaged.
A hydraulic motor powers the telegraphic movement. It moves a chain that moves the swing auger through a housing at the top of the swing.
“You can go up to eight feet,” he said. “I only like bringing it up three to four feet when I operate my super Bs, just enough to clear the tires on the trailer,” he said.
The telescopic feature adds about $10,000 more to the auger price.
Other features include a hydraulic lock on the retracting mechanism, 40 by 60 inch self leveling hopper, duel nine inch flight screws in the hopper, hydraulic winch to raise and lower the swing hopper and an internal gearbox drive that powers the swing movement.
The telescopic swing is available for the company’s new 14 inch augers.
The 14 inch augers are offered in 85, 95 and 105 foot lengths and require 180 to 200 horsepower of power take-off power to be operated.