Busy Year

It has been a very busy year. Harvest is progressing rapidly in many areas. Xtend swing auger sales are up alot this year again. Our forecast for Xtend 16" Swing augers was very low compared to actual sales. We will reach a stock situation September 28th.

Changes for 2017:
On the 16" we introduced a shear bolt replaceable spline tube. This is to protect the driveline in the swing in case of failure in the main auger. It was tested last year but not on enough crops. So the initial Shear bolt size which was 1/4" Grade 5 works only for Swings mounted on Farm King augers. Factory units were switched to 5/16" Grade 5 early this season. If you have trouble with the shear bolts on a 16 they can be increased up to 5/16" Gr 8.

As you may have noticed the Xtend product is now available from the factory from several manufacturers.

Nuvision manufactures the Grainmaxx auger which is available in a 13" Retracting version and a 14" Retracting version.
They have been licensed and building their retracting swing version since 2013. These are built in Carseland,AB and servicd by Nuvision Dealers.

AGI acquired Nuvision in 2016 and expanded the existing license to allow production of the retracting swing onto Wheatheart and Westfield product lines. This started in 2017 with their 13 inch MKXtend and Wheatheart Xtend products. These augers and retracting swings are built in Rosenort,MB and serviced by Wheatheart and Westfield Dealers.

The demand for the Xtend Retracting Swing Auger is quickly outpacing our ability to produce so we do welcome and support these licensees, there will be more licensees announced in the near future. We will continue to build and improve the Xtend product, especially for the less common augers like the 16's and also stationary versions as well as to fit all the other types of augers. So we do welcome feedback on all brands and versions of the Xtend products.

We wish you the best Harvest possible.

Posted 2017/09/15 16:48:14 Xtend-Auger

Can I still buy an Xtend? What's changed? Why are there Green ones and Red ones now?

There appears to be some confusion, so we will clear things up here.

Nuvision has had a license to build the Xtend feature into their product since 2013. They manufacture the retracting swing as well as the entire auger near Carsland, AB. They use some parts manufactured by Rodono, but they have their own Engineering staff and are free to make changes and improvements on their own. Rodono does support them whenever requested and are pleased to have helped with their very promising new 14" design. We have had good feedback from customers on this auger whenever we ask at the tradeshows. We have been happy with this agreement as have Nuvision.

Fast Forward to 2016. AGI purchased Nuvision in 2016. Mid Year AGI/Westfield/Wheatheart approached Rodono and wanted to expand the Nuvision license to include Westfield and Wheatheart as authorized manufacturers of the Xtend Technology and associated Patents. The agreement was completed later in 2016 and there are Westfield and Wheatheart 13 inch Xtend products available now through the normal Wheatheart and Westfield Dealers, as complete packages just like Nuvision, except on the normal Westfield and Wheatheart augers.

So what if I want an Xtend 16 on a Wheatheart or Westfield 16? This is still available through your Westfield or Wheatheart dealer and will remain so until a Wheatheart/Westfield version of the Xtend 16 is in production.

What if I want to put it on a new Brandt or Farm King or a Meridian? Many Brandt dealers will buy the Brandt 13XL or 13HP or 16HP less swing and order the Xtend from us. They will sell you the package complete. The same is true for many Farm King dealers. There are also a few Meridian Dealers that will as well. Please see the Dealer list on this website or call your local dealer.

What if I have an auger already and I just want to upgrade it with a retracting swing because I am now running trailers?
Rodono can still sell anything for any type of auger (Except Nuvision because of their drive) direct to the farmer. So you as a customer have many options as how to get one. And we always welcome feedback about the product from our licensees. It is in everyones best interest that the product continues to satisfy the customers needs.

Thank You
Darren Grose

Posted 2017/06/09 23:21:14 Xtend-Auger

Regina Farm Progress Show

The weather was very nice this year for the show. Turnout was pretty good and the people that came showed good interest in our products. Thank You to all the people that came and talked to us.

From an auger perspective it was clear that the problem of servicing hopper bottom trailers is important to many people. The number of potential solutions is growing quickly.

The Xtend product had a great showing with an Xtend 14 in the Rodono booth which fits the Brandt 13HP and also a nice working demo in the Flaman booth which was also an Xtend 14.

Flaman Booth at Regina

Nuvision also had a demo retracting 13 swing called the EXR as well as their new GrainMaxx 14. If you have ever had gearbox trouble or run fertilizer through your auger you will be impressed.

Nuvision Grainmaxx 14
Note unique location of the upper and lower gearboxes beside the flow of product instead of in it. Also the side panel removes (shown removed) to service and inspect the driveline.

Also Westfield/Wheatheart released the Gulp 2 with a version for their 16" Swing auger. So if you need to unload Super-B's at 370 bushels/minute (Well under 10 minutes start to finish on a full Super B) then there are 2 options, the Gulp 2 and the Xtend 16. The Gulp 2 may have issues with Canola as most belts do.  But it is a nice looking unit that transports on the auger like a normal swing. It would be interesting to know the actual time difference between the 4 moves required with a drive over, versus the 2 moves per Super-B with an Xtend. Anyone have both?

Gulp 2

Meridian has for the third time their Swingmax Pro. It has been vastly simplified from the original 2 attempts, which is a good thing. It now has 9 feet of travel to match an Xtend now. It is advertised for sale now, so you should be able to buy one. The capacity is only 250 bushels/minute, which is 50 bushels less per minute than the Xtend 16 (300 bushels/min) when it is mounted on that exact same auger. So that is a little odd. (The meridian standard swing on the Merdian 14 is actually a 16 too and also gives 300 bushels/min) (*All according to the Meridian sales staff at the show, I am sure all these specs can change this early in their game)

Swingmax Pro

So what would be the advantage of this over an Xtend? Well, the driveline for the hopper never disengages. So in theory you could leave your auger screaming wide open while moving between the front and back trailers while unloading a Super-B. If the auger can take running full speed empty, then it will save the trip to the tractor required on an Xtend to shut off the PTO to retract. The only disadvantage is the complexity of the thing to make this happen, but they have done a great job of simplifying it from previous versions.  We have mounted a few Xtend 16's on the Meridian 14 and it does seem like a nice auger, we will see how it goes after this harvest. Price. Well, apparently it is priced the same as the only other 14" retracting swing auger currently available, the Nuvision GrainMaxx 14 . Actually I believe there are only two 14" Swing Augers Built, Nuvision and Meridian, on a personal note I do think a 14 is a better idea than a supercharged 13 just from a wear and horsepower point of view. But theoretically a supercharged 13 should be cheaper. (For an extra bit of trivia, their sale ads claim the longest hopper in the industry, this is not true, the longest is actually an Xtend Long Hopper which is 10ft long, available in all sizes and is widely used in Australia because they do not have hopper bottom trailers. They use something like an end dump train!)

Posted by Darren Grose P.Eng.
The views of this Blog are not neccessarily the views of Rodono Industries.
Though my comments on augers are always from my own perspective and often relate to our product.
But since our product does fit all augers I do not benefit more one way or another if you prefer one brand over another.

Posted 2016/07/27 03:26:18 Xtend-Auger