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Tractor-Mounted Auger
White tractor in front of large shed with auger mounted to tractor & hydraulic hoses attached.

Frequently hitching, unhitching, and powering augers requires multiple trips up and down tractor steps. The tractor-mounted auger can be moved, raised/lowered, and powered from the comfort of the tractor cab without climbing. Rossburn, Manitoba, farmer Michael Heneghan's Tractor-Mounted Auger is reportedly easy both to move and to attach/detach, needing only two bolts. Heneghan positions the auger such that one wheel is under the tractor, and he runs a 20-inch push/pull brace between the tractor's drawbar and auger's axle, one end of which he extended 17 inches so the wheel is underneath. This push/pull brace (made from two pieces of 1- x 3-inch angle iron) pins to a clevis bracket on a 3-inch angle iron cross-arm bolted to the drawbar mount, which allows the axle to flex separately from the tractor. The brace is welded to a 12-inch pipe that Heneghan slipped over the end of the extended axle; a piece of steel welded to the axle keeps the pipe sleeve in place.

A second brace that runs perpendicular from the tractor's front frame to the auger's frame acts as a steadying bar to keep auger and tractor aligned. This brace (an 84-inch-long, 2-inch-diameter steel pipe) is bolted to the tractor's frame and pinned to a clevis bracket bolted to the auger's mounting plate. Heneghan welded a second mounting plate to the auger pipe just ahead of the steadying bar. A caster wheel is welded to a steel strut pinned to that second plate. A hydraulic cylinder attached at the bottom of the strut makes it easy to raise/lower the auger's intake end for transit or use. That caster wheel hydraulic cylinder is pinned to a 25-inch cross brace on the frame. To adequately power the flighting, Heneghan purchased a 1,000-rpm orbital motor, which he mounted at the top of the auger.

Estimated Cost Cost range: See below

Limitations Limitations Addressed by Product: Lower extremity, Upper extremity, Strength/endurance, Back

SourceAdapted from Farm Show Magazine (vol. 45, no. 4)
Machael Heneghan
Box 389
Rossburn, Manitoba, R0J 1V0
Est. Cost$2,200
Last updated: Feb 23, 2023

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