Buckeye Hydraulics Inc. started as an effort of a son to help his
father. Working at a company that was hydraulics oriented, Lionel
Long was working on an idea to help his father on the farm. The
senior Long was having trouble running the grain auger in a gravity feed
wagon, and Lionel used his knowledge of hydraulics to build an auger
accessory for him. "It was great," said Long. "It sped up his
planting time and he no longer had a problem with his tractor."
This hydraulic unit was so successful that Long began to manufacture
the units for a wagon manufacturer who offered the unit as an accessory.
It became the Auger-Mate®,
and Buckeye Hydraulics was born in 1971.