This is me going in for my second shift. It isn't a very pretty sight when I come out, so I spared you those pictures. Let's just say I run to the air compressor, and we have ourselves a bit of personal time getting corn dust out of about any place you might imagine it being.
This is a sweep auger. Thanks to that little motor at the bottom of the picture, it toodles itself around the bin auguring out the corn. I imagine it's kind of like one of those little robot sweepers you let roam in your house all night. (Do those really work?)
The corn goes down one of two places in the bin, but the main hole is right underneath the motor. There is another auger under it that takes it on out to the big auger that dumps into the truck.
As you might be able to tell from the picture above, there is some spilling and running over as the corn hill comes down, so at least one person needs to be inside, helping get this corn back on the right side of the auger! Here are your tools:
Here, you can see a better picture of the auger that takes the corn to the middle of the bin and sends it on its way out to the truck.
Once everything is turned on, it gets VERY LOUD AND DUSTY IN THE BIN!
Ok, so why the heck am I in there doing something that belongs on "Dirty Jobs?" Well...... Tall Guy has had three back operations, and Gpa is up at least one heart operation on me, so I would rather pitch in and help than find myself having to do it all. You MUST wear a mask, and my allergies are going to cranky that I didn't have goggles on, but you seriously could not see after a while if you wore them.
And that was how I spent my Tuesday morning. After that, I made lunch and ran to Illinois for parts! All in a day's work for a Real Farmwife of America. ;-)