You suggested that;
- the bearings could last longer
- with wet rations the bearings rust
- it sure is a lot of work to remove the sprockets and chains just to change the auger
- It sure would be nice if the liners didn't take so long to change out
- The drop spout isn't very forgiving when bumped into a trough
What did we do?
- A double back plate, spaced 10 inches apart to better support two flange bearings - offering a much greater shaft stability
- The bearing directly behind the auger is now machined from a solid block of oil impregnated UHMW (Long life, will not rust and handles wet rations)
- No tools required to change the augers -- just slide the old ones off and replace with the new.
- No welding, and only a couple bolts to loosen and your liners can be changed out in just a few minutes.
- the new drop spout is shorter, but with a rubber extension which allows for that unintended bump against the bunk.