Versatility continues to be a primary focus for manufacturers of seed and fertilizer tenders. This was quite evident in a recent story by CropLife IRON editor Dan Jacobs.
The Doyle 32FT Trailer Tender was designed for efficiency and ease of operation. The company’s modular design allows users to customize the design to fit their needs. Whether a user needs up to (four) – 258 cubic-foot bins, optional (eight) – 129 cubic-foot bins, or any combination in between, Doyle can manufacture a unit to specifications.
An increased discharge height for the 17-foot auger on the Willmar SideShooter tender is now standard — from 14 feet 1 inch to 16 feet 7 inches (based on a 38-inch truck frame height.) Other standard features include a clean-out port on the auger side of the hopper, providing ground-level access, and an auger cradle to reduce stress and improve equipment life. If optional vibrators are selected, there are two standard features: mounting brackets to ease installation and maintenance; and controls located next to the auger controls for easier access.
Chandler Equipment Co.
The Chandler SDT-MH 24 Trailer Tender has a three-hopper, six-compartment design with 775-cubic-foot capacity and is available in 409 or 304 stainless steel. The 20-foot-long discharge auger (standard) allows for greater reach and discharge height. Standard features include 304 stainless steel auger and tube, 62-hp Deutz Diesel (Tier III) Engine, rear pit dump attachment, and a single-point grease bank for greasing all grease points at one location. Optional features include 304 stainless steel frame, Vibco vibrators, and Agri-Cover SRT2 tarp systems.
The 36-foot Charger II-FB semi-trailer is made of 304 stainless steel with an optional Cummins power pack and polished aluminum wheels. The Charger II semi-trailers have optional Cummins Tier 4 power units. Ray-Man also has a new truck mount tender capable of loading an aerial applicator.
Heartland Ag Systems
The VPA 1000 Tender will offer the same industry-leading safety features as the company’s MT Series. However, these units will be designed with the company’s patent-pending ability to unload on both sides of the tender at speeds of up to 5,800 pounds per minute. The design of this unit also allows for storage of the auger on either side of the vehicle.
Brehmer’s Overhead Discharge Tender features top-mount orbital motors, which are standard on 20-, 24-, 28-, and 32-foot overhead, trailer-mounted tenders. They are feature filled in tarp bows, a unique bearing design, the EZ Slide gate system, reinforced corner gussets, and an unloading capacity of 3,500 to 4,000 pounds per minute. Units are available with gas, diesel, or propane power sources or optional wet kits.
Adams Fertilizer Equipment
The 980 Trailer Tender boasts a larger payload and steeper-sloped hoppers. The newest features include Kubota or Isuzu engine options, auger warning kit, Murphy panel, and hydraulic auger motor. These features offer increased torque and horsepower throughout, resulting in higher productivity.
The ST933 integrated Stainless Steel D.O.T. Uni-Body Trailer is constructed of 304 stainless steel, allowing for lighter trailer weights and higher payloads. It’s designed with a capacity of 933 cubic feet (struck) of transport storage, with outputs of 7,000 pounds per minute. Poke holes are standard on all hoppers. A 12X30-foot 18-inch stainless steel belt conveyor provides for extra reach, and the rubber belt has a 210 ton-per-hour capacity.
Peterson Motors Co.
The QV50 is the latest Quickveyor and features speeds of 7,500 plus pounds per minute, says the company. The unit is designed for extra carrying capacity during load limits of up to 29 tons. Now more corrosion resistant, the QV50’s patent pending Quick-Clean outdoors enable the operator to clean out the trailer with a broom, air hose, or water hose from the safety of ground level. The optional four-direction swinging discharge chute fills seeders, drill fills, and spreaders.
The Hays 24-Ton Tender is manufactured in Camilla, GA, and is designed around specific customer needs, says the company. Both the 24-ton two- and three-compartment tenders also feature the well-known “Hays Standards,” including greater hopper slope and lower trailer weight.
The KBH Corp.
Available in rear or optional side discharge, this two-compartment 31-foot trailer features the largest, steepest slope hoppers on the market, with a capacity of 1,065 cubic-feet while maintaining a low center of gravity, says the company. The stainless steel hopper frame and hoppers are bolted on. The unit also features cast-iron suspension and stainless steel rear fenders.
“The goal for all tender customers is to have the ability to get multiple products in significant quantities to the destination quickly, safely, simply, and flexibly,” says Shan Kruse, Product Development Director, Peterson Motors Co./Quickveyor.
As Kruse mentions, safety is another major focus for tender suppliers. Features such as alarms, port inspection holes, and vibrators for hopper cleanout are all designed with the operator’s safety in mind.
“We are always striving to make changes to improve safety when operating our equipment,” adds Matt Hays, Sales and Production for Hays LTI. “We are always moving our final product to be simple and performance-driven, but most importantly, safe to operate.”
To view the latest latest machines that are focused on safety, efficiency, and a whole lot more, from Peterson Motors, Hays LTI, and several other leading manufacturers, view our slideshow.