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Re: Moving shelled corn with an elevator?

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JD Seller

08-22-2013 08:27:20

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An elevator will move corn alright if you keep it fairly flat. Which it would be loading a truck. I used one for years out of several bins that only had 6 inch unload augers. The elevator would keep up with the six inch auger.

Just keep the chain tight and do not over load the paddles. Some corn will be rolling over the top to the next paddle but you do not want a lot of it doing it. IF you have a lose chain or over load it the chain can ride up on the corn and then break. Then you have a mess.

As for the 1 hp motor working that maybe a little slow but I would try it. I had a 1 1/2 motor on mine and it worked fine.

The wider the elevator the more corn it will move. I had a JD 350 elevator that would move shelled corn very well. I had a narrower NH elevator and it did not move it very well. The shape of the paddles make a difference.

Make sure any screen sections are covered on your elevator. Most elevators where made for ear corn. They wanted the shelled corn separated out. So there would be a section with a screen/slots that would let the shelled corn fall out. If yours has this screen/slots and you do not have the correct cover I have just bolted a piece of plywood over that section.

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08-22-2013 09:56:48

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 Re: Moving shelled corn with an elevator? in reply to JD Seller, 08-22-2013 08:27:20  
Used one for years to load oats into a grain truck. It had a one HP electric motoor and I used it in the field by powering it with my electric generator. I have used an auger to load corn onto trucks and I believe the elavator was as fast or faster. You will probably have more trouble getting the corn to flo out of the gravity wagon then anything else.

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