Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Yesterday afternoon, Brandon and John brought the grain cart into the shop. At the end of fall harvest 2015, our inspection showed that the vertical augers are getting quite worn and need refurbishment. So, we determined it was appropriate to practice some preventive maintenance. Better to work on it now, than to experience a failure in the rush of harvest time! It was a pretty big task to pull them out, and they called on Ross to help them figure out how things came apart.
Today, those augers have been delivered to Montgomery Welding, Montgomery, Indiana so that Jake and his crew can perform the refurbishment of the flighting. The grain cart will be pulled out of the shop to wait for the repaired augers–it could be several days before the augers return home. Then the cart will come back inside and the guys will re-install the augers. Heavy parts, but the forklift makes it easier.
This is just another one of the winter tasks that help prepare for the crop year of 2016. It sure is nice to have a warm shop (even if it is just big enough for one machine at a time) for this kind of work. We can remember the older days when we did this kind of work in the old, unheated, toolshed. Brrrr!
Still no snow in SW Indiana…yet.