October 8, 2011 - I
have been looking for one of these small footprint seed
cleaners for many years.
Although they are still made for testing labs and office
applications, the purchase price is too high for our
The older models would be great,
but they have become scarce over the years and the ones
that do appear are typically bought up by antique
collectors as interesting specimens of our agrarian
past. This month I finally was able to get one.
All of the little parts
and pieces survived and are here. Additionally, it came with
several screens. These included, screens: 1/12,
1/14, 1/15, 1/16, 1/18, 1/20, 1/22, 1/25, 28/28 and
30/30. They measure 9.75" X 15".
October 8, 2011
- I emailed A. T. Ferrell over the weekend to see if
they possibly have screens that will work in our
cleaner. I heard back from them this morning
asking for photos. I Am quickly getting this web
page up for their review. Hopefully they will have
some solution for me as I need to be able to clean
larger seeds like corn, soybeans, peas, and beans.
The seed to be cleaned is fed into the hopper and
through the vibratory action created by the machine, it is spread evenly
across the full width of the top screen.
2. The material then
moves across the top screen, which has openings larger
than the desired seed itself. The larger foreign
material is "scalped" off while the seed and smaller
material falls through the
3. The bottom screen
can either sift or scalp. To set up for sifting, the
bottom screen openings must be smaller than the
seed being cleaned. Trash, weed seeds and splits
drop through the bottom screen while the good product
passes over it. (This is the flow shown in the diagram
When scalping, the screen openings must be larger than
the seed itself. The large foreign material is
"scalped" off while the good seed falls through the
4. Next, the product is
routed through a column of air from the bottom blast
fan. This blast of air effectively removes any
lightweight trash and dust that may have remained after
5. Good, clean seed
is discharged at the bottom of the air chamber into a
clean seed box.