Monday, November 28, 2011

16 inch bin fan

Anyone got a good price on 16 inch bin fan this morning? I had one go down yesterday, blades have hit the cage a little and the bin is full of wet corn so I need to get it going today.

I have a used one laying here I never took to the shop to check out or get rebuilt so I don't have a spare. I usually try to have a spare laying around but this one snuck up on me.

The last one I bought was a year ago and it was $800 for a complete, new Brock AX-16 inch fan and cage. I wouldn't be surprised to find it is half again that much. I tweeted and facebooked my plea so I will see if any "friends" have one laying around to get me going fast until I can price a new one.

Ebay has 3 at a decent price but they are all less than 16 inch. I guess that is why they are so cheap because everything I have is 16 inch.

Another interesting day. It was an interesting weekend with Thanksgiving dinner with two other couples and the grandkids here Saturday and one staying over night. It was all good but it went too fast.

Here is a ditty for you from my friend Steve from Mark Seed, Iowa.

"# The U.S. Dept of Labor is proposing amending the Fair Labor Standards Act to increase safety requirements for young farm workers, our kids. Wallace's Farmer explains, "DOL is proposing rules prohibiting hired workers under the age of 16 from working with certain animals, handling pesticides, working in timber operations, and working in or around manure pits and storage bins.

Further, the new rules would prohibit farm workers under the age of 16 from participation in the cultivation, harvesting and curing of tobacco, and from using electronic devices while operating power driven equipment. The prohibition against use of electronic devices includes talking, listening or participating in an electronic conversation (i.e. sending and receiving text messages, accessing the Internet, or entering data into a GPS system.)

The department is also proposing a new non-agricultural hazardous occupation order that would prevent any child under the age of 18 from working in grain elevators, feed lots, stockyards, and livestock exchanges and auctions, unless their parent owns or operates the business."

It won't matter if kids took safety courses or not, disallows them from riding or let alone, operating tractors, or operating farm machinery. They couldn't help brand, castrate, herd or vaccinate livestock. The DOL has asked for public comment. We could start with, "Stay the he _ _ away from agriculture." This is exactly the sort of thing that gives the Tea Party validity and purpose. It is an overreach of government.

The EPA is being effectively beaten back from the idea of regulating agriculture. The DOL is now in need of similar lessons. Next thing you know, they will make it illegal for my 11 year old to shoot his 22. Parents are responsible for kids safety and do a lot better than the government who obviously doesn't trust them.

# 78% of U.S. families reportedly bought organic foods. . . really? They did that on purpose or by accident? 48% of families buying organic food believed it was safer. That means that they have fooled almost half the people, but not quite. It is too bad that while the economy is in recession, that consumers are needlessly spending more for organic food that could be spent to better purpose.

# The EPA never had any plans to tax cow flatulence and dropped any inklings early on of regulating farm dust from serious considerations. Yet the "myths" spread like wildfire in the country as "Yep, that's what the government intends to do." Claims that when denied one believed it. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley did a good job of bringing EPA administrators to the country to show them the folly of any plans to regulate farm activities. I think that it worked.



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