Do what you can do. Here is how heroes step forward in a crisis.
Stan Thiergartner of Milford
He began finding a solution. This is an agitator/lump-prodder works for him. [Update: he calls it a "corn borer"]
- It doesn't show well, but he has an adapter to blast compressed air through the pipe (hence the holes at the tip)
- Stan uses the ridges on his bin roof to line up when pushing it in.
- He's been able to angle down slightly toward the center sump and restore flow in a 48' bin.
- Don't know where the auger point came from, but shop-modified cross augers from combines look like a source.
At any rate, this idea could save a few over-anxious farmers, I think. My thanks to Stan and God bless the Internet for getting an idea out so quickly. Please pass the link on to others (right click on the "posted" time below for the link location and click "copy", then "paste" in an e-mail). Or just copy the photos.
Stan: Thanks for your ingenuity and sense of responsibility. Guys like you help build our community and lift our profession.
Please post additional questions and comments - as well as your design improvements - in the "Comments".
I'll be monitoring them and will try to get more info as well.
[Updates: Stan called me tonight. Some further information.]
- He used 3/4" pipe. The auger point was from an old earth anchor (he thinks). I think one of those guy wire anchors would work well.
- He did use an industrial air compressor.
- He left the agitator in the bin until it was down to the sweep work.
- The young man is his son Lucas.
[One final remark: Note the instructions on the bin door. Stan is preparing well for his upcoming fading memory. I could use notes like that.]