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