Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Ellsworth , Illinois
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Re: Anybody move grain bins?
From what little I've seen of bin moving the most cost effective bins to move are the smaller ones, the 6,000 bu or less that can be moved pretty much whole. But then who really wants to go to the trouble for small storage space unless it's to fill a niche in an operation?
If you take one down sheet by sheet you'll need new bolts to re-erect, Several air or good battery guns, bin jacks, possibly extra insurance , and you'll need to keep track of which sheets go where in relation to strength. Any tubes from a leg to the bins? If so, you'll need a crane Unless the leg is already gone). How far are the bins from home? Have you got enough friends or family that you can count on to help or are you going to have to hire help?
If you are friendly with any local bin erectors ask them how many hours would be involved in taking down and rebuilding with whatever size crew they'd use. Or, if you know an employee of an erector could you talk them into doing it as a side-job? Even just directing you and your crew could save a bunch of headache and hassle.