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Grain Auger as a Water pump

Was thinking of converting a grain auger into a water pump for filling tanker for spraying. Could use a big hose for a down spout from the top. Could drop hose into tank lid by using the crank. I imagine would have to replace the top auger bearing every year. Looking for something cheap and fast. Anyone try this and how did it work?

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We have a 16" water pump that runs on this same principle. Check out Cardale Tech Corp. Moves a ton of water

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Idk how it would work but it wouldn't be too hard to cut a hole a little bit lower and slide the spout down. Should cut down on the water getting to the top bearing. I would be more worried about the bottom bearing/bushing. Of course assuming it works ha. Never seen one of the auger pumps in person.

Also not sure on how much they can move as the angle increases. The pictures I've seen they are being used to pump over small rises to drain water away.
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Any chance of a used liquid manure pump in your area? Put on an outlet pipe long enough for your requirements.
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Might want the angled flighting and double the intake. Nylon bearing on bottom
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I think the bearings running in water won’t be the problem it’s the rusting in between loads that would Pitt and cause premature bearing failure. I would think water is a better lubricant than the dirt in peas.

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If you left it in the water the bottom bearing shouldn't rust unless its removed.

I seem to remember an old timer once tell me that if an engine is sunk, leave it in the water until its time to rebuild. That it would only trust after its exposed to the air.

Could be wrong though.
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Interesting idea, I have seen these at the Moose Jaw water treatment plant. Basically a trough (not a pipe) with a 3 ft diameter auger running about 60 rpm to lift water about 10 feet at a 30-40 degree angle. Bottom bearing on grain auger is just a brass bushing so should do ok. Would be interesting to stick an auger in a pond and try it.
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Road builders have been using grain augers to fill their water trucks from dugouts for 50 or more years...
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I tried it once with an old 6 inch. I thought it was rather pathetic. After seeing this clip, perhaps the flighting needs to turn faster, which might require lots of horsepower to drive it?

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