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Had a demo today with the all new 14" 115' telescoping swing auger from Merdian manufacturing

I currently run a 110' 13" hp Brant auger and it works well, but as soon as I seen the new Merdian storm max I new I wanted to see it in action.. Very smooth to see how it works, just pull beside and drive under, no worries about damaging the swing, or being to close to the tractor, 5 feet of room between tractor and truck and the tractor had triples on it

Also as quiet as the Brant hp, and a fair bit quicker, I was able to run 5 percent more open on my electronic slides on the trailer remote, and would dump out at a rate of 2.5bu a second or a full compartment on the supper b in 3.5 minutes at 1400rpm, when speeding this to 1800rpm, it was less than three minutes to dump or 3.0 bu/sec

They said I had the slow speed gearing in the swing and could be improved almost ten percent with the taller gears, give you a choice for certain high moisture crops, or less damaging crops, and installs in minutes

This auger is built very heavy, and has a frame that makes the hp Brant look light.. Cables on the flighting that could hold the golden gate Brige together, tires that could be used on a semi, seamed to be very thought out and easy to work on if problems exist..No leaks anywhere, very clean unit. And a very neat full bin door that opens and prevents auger from stalling, saving flighting and shear bolts

Takes a few times to understand the telescoping swing, but easy to maneuver and is able to use under load from any lateral postion it can stretch too

Costly, but not much more than a new 13" Brant and offers more flow and telescoping swing.
 

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Not sure what you mean as in lifts both sides, but if you are referring to if the slide can be used on left or right side, of main auger, yes it can

As for why the 4wd I wanted to see how much room we had if we had to use that tractor with triples, and we had lots of room, would guess you need at least 200 hp for taller bins
 

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Not sure what you mean as in lifts both sides, but if you are referring to if the slide can be used on left or right side, of main auger, yes it can
They had on at the farm show last year or the year before, that the swing auger would lift over the tube and when moving the auger the swing would sit directly above the main tube. I think that one was a prototype.
 

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I'm not aware of that, but will ask about that, pretty cool idea if it could work.. He said they made 25 prototypes of this and have them spread through out the region, so far they have been looking very promising...

He said they tried a 16 inch swing that would supper charge the long 14 inch, but many us customers complained about higher hopper, and the weight of the swing.. He said they were faster than the standard 14" they have on this model, but with running faster gearing on the swing it not far behind
 

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They had on at the farm show last year or the year before, that the swing auger would lift over the tube and when moving the auger the swing would sit directly above the main tube. I think that one was a prototype.
If you mean the Regina show they had one like that back when it was Sakundiak still, must have been 5 years ago. I wanted to buy one so bad because some yards it would be good to have the option of either side without having to unhook tractor and move it around. That design never took off and haven't heard anything since. Maybe this is a reincarnation of that unit???
 

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They had on at the farm show last year or the year before, that the swing auger would lift over the tube and when moving the auger the swing would sit directly above the main tube. I think that one was a prototype.
Yeah, Sakundiak came out with that just before they where sold to meridian. I was told development was stopped when they where sold. Too bad as it was a fantastic idea.
 

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Sure is, will have to bring this up with the guys when they come out with the high speed gears, love the idea and gives one more choice when aligning up to bins
 

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I've always been really impressed with Sakundiak augers in the past but not with the 14" x 95 I used last year.

Here is a picture that shows the bend in the auger tube at the point where the undercarriage and top truss attach to the tube. There was no bracing from the hitch up to this point causing the tube to bend several inches and therefore it knocked and ran very rough.
Did they improve this on the new one?

And are they still using that stupid double clevis hitch that swivels? My second picture shows it and kind of shows how it torques the drawbar down as well as putting weight on it. There was crazy hitch weight on this auger and that was with just a plain 16" swing tube. The telescoping one must be real heavy.
 

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Anyone else have the problem where once you lower the swing hopper, the auger shifts over about 1 foot and is almost out of the hole?
 

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I've always been really impressed with Sakundiak augers in the past but not with the 14" x 95 I used last year.

Here is a picture that shows the bend in the auger tube at the point where the undercarriage and top truss attach to the tube. There was no bracing from the hitch up to this point causing the tube to bend several inches and therefore it knocked and ran very rough.
Did they improve this on the new one?

And are they still using that stupid double clevis hitch that swivels? My second picture shows it and kind of shows how it torques the drawbar down as well as putting weight on it. There was crazy hitch weight on this auger and that was with just a plain 16" swing tube. The telescoping one must be real heavy.
Why can't they put a pintle ring on the hitch?
 

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And are they still using that stupid double clevis hitch that swivels?
I hear you on that!
Anyone else have the problem where once you lower the swing hopper, the auger shifts over about 1 foot and is almost out of the hole?
A friend has a Merdian auger, real elaborate setup, it has stabilizer pads like a backhoe or a high lift telehandler.
I see no reason it wouldn't solve your issue but I've never asked.
 

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Anyone else have the problem where once you lower the swing hopper, the auger shifts over about 1 foot and is almost out of the hole?
How does this one transport the swing? If it was centered over the auger tube, there would be no side-to-side lean on the auger when in transport. That would be nice!

Andrew
 
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