Grain Cleaner Performance

WS Grain Cleaners

We learned the hard (and expensive) way that it is a slow, frustrating process to clean seed with a conventional grain cleaner using screens. In 2015, we spent more than $16,000 to purchase a well known brand of grain cleaner that featured four large 42” X 36” screens along with a top aspirator that removed preliminary trash before the seed fell onto the screens. A large fan provided a separation of the light material from the good grain. It also featured a ball and rack system plus a knocker system to help keep the screens clean longer. All these features offered very little benefit because the screens had to be cleaned frequently anyway. Even after just a few minutes, the cleaning action was lost. The cracks, the fines, the thins and other foreign material still plugged the holes quickly. “Cleaned” wheat from this screen machine is shown in the picture marked with a “1”.   

If you examine the picture closely you can see cracked, thin and diseased seeds along with some chaff still in the grain.

One ton of this “cleaned” wheat was put through a WS grain cleaner. A hard separation was done. A 100 lb used feed bag was attached to the exhaust to collect the winnowings. The bag was full when the job was finished and can be seen in the picture marked with an “F”.  

The winnowings were dumped on a pile (2a). A close-up of the winnowings on the pile is shown in the picture marked with a “2b”.   

There were very few cracks, thin or light diseased seeds to be found in the cleaned grain after this process. The re-cleaned seed is shown in the picture marked with an “S”.

Beat The Rush

If you want a grain cleaner, don’t wait to make a purchase until you need it. It is highly likely others will need a machine at the same time and inventory may become a problem. Purchase yours beforehand so you can test it and get it set up to move grain to and from the machine before you actually need it.  

 

​Grain Cleaning  Success

Seed                         Success Rate

Alfalfa..................................High

Bahia Grass.......................Fair 

Barley...................................High 

Barley (sprouted).............High 

Buckwheat.........................High 

Canary.................................Fair

Canola (rape)....................Good

Corn....................................High 

Foxtail Millet....................High 

Hemp..................................High

Oats....................................High 

Oats (hull less)................High

Peas.....................................High 

Popcorn.............................Fair 

Radish ..............................High

Rye.....................................High 

Senna................................Good 

Soybeans.........................High (about half the splits)

Spelt..................................High 

Sunflower ......................High

Wheat...............................High   

Separations difficult with light and fluffy seeds.

Asters................................None 

Camelina.........................None 

Crested Wheat Grass...None 

Fescue...............................Poor

Mandara..........................None   

Grain Sample 

If you send us a sample of your grain, we will run it through a grain cleaning machine and return the results to you. This service is free if you follow these directions:   

 

1. Send us about a 2-3 gallon sample.   

 

2. Put it into a garbage bag and then into a box.

 

3. Include a note and tell us how you want it separated. Provide your address and phone number so we know who to talk to if we have questions.

 

4. Include a prepaid return shipping label (that means you pay postage both ways). If you cannot include a prepaid label, include a check equal to the amount of the postage you paid to send it to us. 

 

Ship to: 

​   Friendly Meadows 

   6523 Township Road 346 

   Millersburg, OH 44654

   330-473-7647

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