Regina company uses Canada’s Farm Progress Show to kick off a large launch of belts, carts and new tools
REGINA — Five new products released at one show “was a lot of new stuff. But these were needs in the marketplace, things farmers were asking for.”
Taylor de Gooijer of Brandt Industries said the number of new products that his company brought out at Regina’s Farm Progress Show kept the short-line company’s staff busy, despite the rainy conditions.
For his part, de Gooijer spent time at the show site explaining the company’s new grain cart design. The prototype at the show, in its 1,500 bushel version, looked distinctly different from its predecessor. A longer auger, kicked dramatically forward and large IF (increased flex) tires were immediately obvious.
“We took a look at everything about a grain cart, not just ours. And worked with the engineers and listening to farmers to develop better approaches in the design,” he said.
The longer, more forward-mounted auger is the largest in a single-auger grain cart in the industry.
“We wanted an operator not to have to turn around in the seat and look back while unloading. Positioning it at the truck means just looking to the side from the tractor’s seat. Especially for older operators, not having to spin halfway around in their seats or rely only on the camera is important, especially on long harvest days,” he said about the new 7.5-foot forward reach beyond the hitch. The reach to the side, from the hitch-line, is slightly less than 15 feet.
At 1,000, 1,100, 1,300 and 1,500 bu. capacities, the new XT model carts unload at 600 bu. per minute from the common 20-inch auger.
At the end of the auger sits a new double-position spout, with an hydraulic fore and aft control and an orbital motor run rotational control.
“The combination of having the auger reach forward the way it does and all that spout control means farmers can really do a job of filling a truck without a lot of jockeying around the machine or themselves in the tractor cab trying to see it,” said de Gooijer.
The new units have an auger-folding valve lockout that automatically prevents accidental folding of the auger while it is running. A new LED light-bar at the end of the auger indicates the position of the grain-flow gate, so the operator does not have to look back to the box to check the manual, rod-bar gauge for confirmation of its position.
An optional fire control kit with a foam package sits where in the past were a pair of steel supports at the front of the tank. The supports, like the rest of the frame have been changed on the new units. Frame rails now vary in widths, size and position, depending on the load at each point in the frame. This allows for improved visibility and an overall lower profile of the box, meaning greater clearance at the combine auger.
The bigger units are recommended to be driven by 250 and 300 horsepower tractors, at the minimum, while the smaller pair can be run by 200 h.p. units. Besides the giant IF tires, tracks are also available on the machines.
Also new this year is the Saskatoon-made Agrimatics scale system with its smartphone or tablet-based Libra Cart system that provides tracking from the field to the unload. Digistar is also available.
New electronics from Brandt included a first for auger positioning controls, smartphones. Leadhand is a new tool that turns a farmer’s phone into an auger control. Beginning with last season’s Brandt swing augers, the auger position can now be run using a downloaded piece of software that is resident in the smartphone. Running both swing and winching, the phone application also provides alarms, such as the full-bin alert and lets the operator turn on the work-light.
Brandt also released a new conveyor that can handle oilseeds.
Few commodity conveyors are recommended for use with crops like canola and flax. The oilseeds are small enough to escape most conveyor-belt seals and cleaning brushes or swipes. That means oilseeds can enter the conveyor tubes, where they meet rollers and the backside of the belts. This not only gives everything a good polish, but the crushed seeds also contribute corrosive oils to the belts, and can cause belt stretching and breakdowns, leading to costly replacements.
Curt Borys of Brandt said the company had a variety of challenges in coming up with a solution for dealing with tiny, oily seeds.
“The Grainbelt, an oilseed-certified Grainbelt that works just as well with all crops was a needed development,” said Borys.
“And it handles 9,000 bushels per hour, which is what you would expect,” he said about the unit, available in 47 or 52 foot lengths.
“The 15-inch belt was designed specifically for this purpose. Better sealing and cleaning keeps the oilseeds out of the rollers. And the intake was designed to keep canola away from the transition-point and on the belt,” he said about the 35 h.p. conveyor.
The company also released a new EZReach extending auger, speeding that process of positioning on the 13 or 16 HP models.