Auger to Make 275 gal Tote for Dry Bulk Materials

Cordless Drill Dispenses Feed From 275 gal Tote

With this addition, these containers can store

and dispense dry bulk materials, too.

Equipped with a bulb planting auger, cordless drill is used to pull dry chicken feed out of a 275-gal. industrial bulk container originally designed to store liquids.  

Cordless Drill Unloads Feed From Tote Container

“It’s an inexpensive way to store and dispense  chicken feed,” says Carl Baldwin, Clarksville, Tenn., who uses a cordless drill equipped with a 1 3/4-in. dia. bulb planting auger to “drill” dry chicken feed out of a 275-gal. industrial bulk container (IBC)  originally designed to store liquids.

The square poly container mounts on cement blocks about 3 ft. off the ground. Baldwin uses the cordless drill and mini auger to pull a mixture of cracked corn, wheat, millet, and sorghum out of the container’s outlet into 5-gal. buckets.  He says it takes about one minute to fill a 5 gallon bucket.

“The IBC container has a 6-in. dia. opening at the top and a 2-in. dia. outlet at the bottom that would have been too small for grain to flow out freely,” says Baldwin. “I removed the flapper valve from the outlet so I could insert the bulb planting auger into it. The auger shaft always stays with the container, and whenever I want to unload feed I just attach the drill to it.”

The auger is held in place by a 2-ft. length of 1-in. sq. tubing, which Baldwin bolted vertically to the container’s metal holding frame. The tubing extends down just below the outlet. The auger shaft is inserted through a 3/8-in. dia. hole that Baldwin drilled through the tubing. He slipped a piece of rubber hose over the shaft and clamped the hose in place to keep the auger from drilling itself into the tank during operation, and to act as a thrust bearing.

“It works slick. I think the same idea could be used with almost any kind of dry material such as sand, etc.,” says Baldwin. “IBC’s are strong, durable, and water and rodent-proof. I bought mine from someone who had been using it to store waste vegetable oil. You can often find the containers online for about $150.”

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