The need to solve a problem on his farm led Gary Schreiner of Saskatoon to come up with his own design for an auger hopper. “I had hopper bottoms (bins) that sank, so I wanted something that was adjustable so you could get underneath them and right up to the bottom of them,” he explains.
That led to the creation of the Auger Hog, which uses a collapsible design allowing it to be slid into very tight spaces — like under Schreiner’s sinking bins. Yet, it can be lifted up to fit tightly against a hopper bottom. When folded down, the Auger Hog is only a few inches higher than the auger barrel. Once in place, the collapsible hopper extends upward with the push of a lever. “It has a pivot point so the front comes up as well as the back,” says Schreiner.
When raised into working position, the Auger Hog’s design also helps minimize spitting, keeping grain from being thrown out and wasted. Schreiner says the shape of the hopper maintains an even flow into the auger helping maximize its capacity.
Attaching the Auger Hog to a grain auger is a simple procedure, Just slide it on the auger barrel and insert a single hitch pin. “It’s quick to put on the grain auger,” he adds. “You use a hidden hitch on the back, so it’s attached solidly.”
He now sells the Auger Hog through Gatco Manufacturing of Swift Current, Saskatchewan. It’s available for eight-, 10-, 12- and 13-inch augers. Retail prices start at $1,095.
The Auger Hog is available from a variety of retailers across the Prairies and comes with a one-year warranty. For more information or to find a dealer, go the Gatco website, www.gatcomfg.com.
“Once you use one, you don’t want to give it up,” says Schreier confidently.