Newcomer shows off innovative auger at show

Production at Edge Agro’s facility in Saskatoon decreased sharply during the Ag In Motion because the entire production staff took off their overalls and put on their sales hats for the farm show.

Although at Edge Agro, the production and marketing staff consists of owners Greg Deibert and Ted Sand.

Deibert said the company, which was just founded last year, considers its 12-42 auger its most innovative product, with its dynamically balanced suspended flighting that makes it stand out.

“Our flighting is in 10-foot sections. We put them on our balancer and spin it up to 400 r.p.m. and dynamically balance it, and then it is assembled with bearings in between. That is the reason you can hang it on bearings … because it’s balanced up to 400 r.p.m.,” Deibert said.

To demonstrate, Sand took off the auger’s drive belt and was able to turn the drive-pulley on the 12-inch, 42-foot auger with one finger because there is no contact between the flighting and auger tube.

That means less wear, and the auger is easier on commodities, he said.

The auger is powered by a liquid-cooled 50 horsepower Perkins diesel motor, which can be equipped with an optional remote starter kit to operate with a smart phone.

The Edge Agro 12-42 auger can load a super B with canola in nine minutes, running at 170 bushels per minute, Deibert said.

Sand said the company uses a heavy-duty mechanical clutch on the auger because an electrical clutch can’t handle as much torque and can’t be slowly engaged.

The mechanical clutch enables the auger to be engaged when it’s full of grain. Growers will appreciate this option when they are pulling multiple loads out of a bin because they won’t have to clear the auger each load.

“The nice thing about that mechanical clutch is you can idle your motor down and you can engage your clutch very slowly. It will slowly turn that flighting and unload it, and then you can pull your throttle and get up and running again. It’s very gentle on the whole drive line system. And it’s going to increase the life of your auger,” Sand said.

A remote control option is available for the auger’s mover system, which enables an operator to stand clear when moving it.

“It’s nice for when you’re coming under a bin you can see what’s actually going on. When you’re hooking up to a vehicle, you can be there and just drop the pin in instead of going back and forth and dinting your end gate.”

The hopper is a U-trough design that loads commodities into the auger’s flighting from the top instead of from the side or end of the flighting.

“That’s the difference between us and everybody else; we are loading from the top of the flighting,” Deibert said. “When the flighting is turning, it is loading two flights at a time pushing it forward.”

The 12-42 auger with a hands-free remote, a dynamically balanced flighting and a 50 h.p. Perkins diesel engine costs $29,400.

The mover system can be bought separately for $6,400 and installed on any make.

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