Rob R. wrote:One thing I never want to work on is a silo unloader. They only break under the worst of conditions, and then you have to climb to fix them. Hopefully yours are well maintained - once they get past a certain point it takes a lot to get them back in a reliable state.
Our old barn was built with a state of the art (for 1964) Van Dale automatic feed system. Once they ran a new electrical entrance to stop the brown outs, it worked pretty well...Until things got some wear on them. I think dad smiled for a week when he ripped all of that out and started feeding out of a bunk with a mixing wagon.
Rob, about 6 months after my father was killed in a farm accident i was working for a farmer who milked 225 cows. He had 2 concrete silos with bottom unloaders that worked poorly in getting the haylage out. One day another hired man & i went into the bottom of that silo under that haylage to work on that unloader...
To this day i can not remember what we did in their...
BUT, i still remember being terrified in there with those big clumps off haylage dropping down around us.
That was the only time they ever got me in there.I still break out in a sweat just thinking back to that experience.
Working on top unloaders was never something i cared for either,but less stressful than crawling under the haylage. I never liked having to be in the silo when the unloader was running tho, & i had to do that a few times for the one farmer i worked for,he had filled 1 silo with sawdust,the unloader would keep spinning the drive wheel into the sawdust. 1 of us would go up there and follow the stupid unloader to help it.Our "safety" was trying to stay close enough to the power cord plug to pull it if we ran into trouble.
I don't miss those times !!
I also do not like climbing up high,so having silage & haylage on a pile in the great outdoors with all that fresh air & wonderful lighting suits me much better.