Scottscoaled wrote: rwwsr wrote:
Try it, it may work just fine as is.
I have a 5” at 345 rpm, a 4”at 383 and a 3” flex at 52 all with pea.
After running them for about 2 months, I think the 345 and 383 are too fast but work (some chipping/damage to the pea coal and jam
Will probably switch all to flex at 52 rpm this summer.(less chipping and no jam
yet with the flex)
Where are you sourcing the flex? What kind of cost?
I used Chore Time auger components because there are 2 supply houses in Delaware (lots of poultry houses here). Prices below are appx only.
Gear head $175
Pinion bearing $20
Motor $330 (ww grainger 4rgx4)
Anchor bearing $100
Gear head Weldment $30
Hopper level switch $60 for automatic operation
Asst other hardware $50
Model 90 auger $4 per liner foot
You can use 3” plastic electrical conduit, schd 40 pvc or dwv for the pipe. I used a double clean out tee for the drop and a 3x4 hole for feed. I would recommend sticking to one type of pipe as they have slightly different id and the coal seams to find any nook or cranny in the pipe (chipping). Use caution, these could take your fingers off in a heart beat
and RTFM before starting auger project.
During cold weather it feeds from 400 to 500 lbs per day, about 80 lbs per cycle (heating greenhouse). Lots of on/off and no jams
so far with the flex.
Chore Time has extensive manuals and parts pdfs at http://www.choretimepoultry.com/manuals.php