Buster Bar unplugs center sumps in grain bins

The new rice varieties tend to plug the center sump more easily and growers need a safe and easy way to bust up the clogs and get the grain flowing

Sukup Manufacturing Co. recently introduced the Buster Bar — an addition to the Sukup Sweepway Power Sweep that allows you to open a plugged center sump without entering the bin.

“We’ve been hearing from farmers that the new rice varieties tend to plug the center sump more easily and they need a safe and easy way to bust up the clogs and get the grain flowing,” said Eugene Sukup, chairman of the board of Sukup Manufacturing Co., and inventor of the Buster Bar.

“We needed to find a way to get the grain moving without someone going in the bin. We have to keep people out of bins and away from unloading equipment when it’s running.”

Eugene took on this challenge personally. He developed a system that requires only minor modifications to the current Sweepway Power Sweep and in no way hinders typical operation of the sweep or sumps.

A tube is mounted to and sits on top of the sweep backboard. A small hole is cut into the bin sidewall to align with the tube when it is positioned in front of the exclusive Sukup sweep stop. When it is needed, a rod is inserted through the hole in the bin wall and into the tube.

One end of the rod is equipped with a welded section of chain, which extends past the gearbox at the center of the bin. An electric drill is attached to the end of the rod that remains outside the bin.

The drill powers the rod, which causes the section of chain to bore into the grain, creating an ever-larger hole, until it breaks up the clump and the grain flows freely into the sump. The rod is then removed, allowing the sweep to be engaged when gravity unload is complete.

Although the system was developed to meet the needs of rice growers, Sukup feels it will be beneficial to farmers in other growing areas as well. The Buster Bar will be standard equipment on new Sukup Sweepway unload systems for rice and optional on all others.

For additional information visit http://www.sukup.com.


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