How to Build a Grain Auger

Things You\’ll Need

  • Shovel

  • Tape measure

  • Black marker

  • Hole saw drill bit

  • Power drill

  • 1-inch PVC elbow

  • Liquid cement

  • 1-inch PVC pipe

  • Small motor

  • Bolts

  • Adjustable wrench

A grain auger is an agricultural grain tube used to raise and transport grain from the ground to the top of grain bins or other load trucks. They are also often used on farms to disperse feed from a wagon to cattle farmers. If you do not have a grain auger, you can make one from the comfort of your home with just a few tools.

Step 1

Lay out a shovel on a flat surface. Measure to the exact center of the shovel and mark it with a black marker. Attach a 1-inch hole saw drill bit to a power drill. Press the drill up firmly against the mark on the shovel and drill a hole straight through the shovel.

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Step 2

Attach a 1-inch PVC elbow to the end of the shovel with liquid cement. Spread out the cement over the end of the elbow and hold it in place so it adheres to the shovel. Run PVC pipe from the elbow to the desired height where you need to pipe to reach.

Step 3

Snap one piece of pipe into the other and continue up to the desired height. This is where the grain will run when it is dumped into the shovel.

Step 4

Attach a small motor to the end of the PVC. Slide the motor over the hole in the PVC and tighten it down in place with bolts. Tighten the bolts down in place with an adjustable wrench. Flip the switch and turn on the motor.

Step 5

Pour the grain into the shovel and watch it funnel through the PVC and into the desired location. Turn off the motor when you have moved the right amount of grain where you want it to go.