A tractor driver pulling an auger can remotely steer the auger tires left or right while driving either forward or backward
BRANDON — Bigger augers present bigger challenges manoeuvring into position. But for the thousand-plus farmers who’ve invested in a Triple Star Auger-Steer, it’s not the daunting task it used to be.
Most inventions you read about in The Western Producer originated with a farmer who was trying to solve a problem. It’s the same with the Triple Star Auger-Steer, Devin Toews explained at Manitoba Ag Days.
“It was designed by my dad and then fine-tuned over the years. It had always been hard getting the auger into our yard. Then one day we had to cross the field to get it in the yard,” recalls Toews.
“That was it. We figured we needed to do something. He found a steering axle we could work with, and that’s how it started. If we had trouble with augers, we figured other farmers had the same problem, so we started building them. That was 12 years ago.”
The Auger-Steer is something like those really big fire trucks that have a driver steering the rear section to get around corners. The concept is perfect for an auger. The tractor driver has the control lever in the cab, allowing him to remotely steer the auger tires left or right. He can do this while driving forward or backward.
“For example, going around tight right hand corners, you swing the rear of the auger way out to the left so you don’t drop into a ditch. It’s not at all difficult to get used to. You can put a 14-year-old kid on the job and they’ll catch on right away. And installation is simple. The knuckle bolts on between the auger frame and the spindle.”
Depending on options and configuration, the price ranges from $3,000 for a two-wheel steer kit up to $5,000 for the four-wheel steer kit.