New product remedies grain bin sump flow issues

Bin SumpPRO defends against grain bin sump plugging, thereby improving bin safety

The new, patent-pending Bin SumpPRO system from Leading Edge Industries of Groton, S.D., remedies grain bin sump flow issues by breaking up clumps that would normally plug the sump. The product breaks up all types of clumps and ice above the floor and cuts and clears material lodged between the top of the floor and the discharge auger under the floor. These two patented innovations, along with its ability to operate under full bin capacity, improve grain safety by preventing plugging situations that cause farmers to endanger their lives by entering grain bins.

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Why it matters: Every year, families are devastated by grain bin accidents that originate from a plugged bin sump and thousands of dollars are spent unplugging or cutting holes in bins to remove the grain.

“Nothing like it has ever been developed before,” says Shawn Gengerke, CEO and founder of Leading Edge Technologies, who adds patents on the product are pending in Canada.

The Bin SumpPRO is the first of its kind as a retrofit kit for existing grain bin sweep systems that uses the existing powerhead, gearbox and a modified auger to run under full compaction load. The patent-pending beaters, along with the gate cutting blades, break up clumps from ice chunks, crust or foreign material that would otherwise plug the sump. Once the center grain level is at the floor, the whole sweep is ready to be used. A quick coupler reconnects the beaters to the auger for normal use.

Compatible with any grain bin floor sweep system

The system is compatible with any grain bin with a floor sweep system. Currently, there are three models available, with more coming in the future. Installation takes just a couple of hours, resulting in a cost-effective solution also offering peace of mind and protection of farmers and their families from tragedy.

The Bin SumpPRO can be purchased directly from the manufacturer via its website. The company is currently working to set up Canadian distributors.

The patent-pending beaters, along with the gate cutting blades, break up clumps from ice chunks, crust or foreign material that would otherwise plug the sump.
photo: Leading Edge Industries

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