Machine empties grain bag, then cleans up

After the grain is augered from the bag it rolls the plastic onto a spool and a conveyer loads it onto a pick-up truck

The best way to deal with a mess is to avoid making it in the first place.

The Neeralta grain extractor not only augers grain out of grain bags and into trucks, it also winds up the plastic into tight rolls and drops them into the back of a pick-up truck.

For people who have cleaned up mounds of plastic after grain bags have been emptied, this is not an insignificant selling feature.

“That’s probably the number one feature — we are an all-in-one process,” said John Wierenga of Neeralta. “We can extract, take the grain out of the bag, and then we don’t have to come back on site with a separate bag roller because the bag roller is incorporated into the machine.”

The machine extracts grain from nine and 10 foot grain bags, and there is an optional attachment for 12 foot bags. Wierenga said the grain extractor rolls 12 foot diameter bags as long as 500 feet.

The extractor’s hydraulic drive wheels move it forward into the bag, which helps prevent the plastic from ripping.

When operators want to remove the plastic bale, the centre of the spool is hydraulically retracted and the spool falls down onto a conveyer. The conveyer is then lowered hydraulically and the plastic spools can be rolled into the back of a pick-up truck or onto the ground.

Neeralta’s grain extractor has two production years behind it. Wierenga said the company had a few issues to fix due to the large amount of force required to tightly wind the plastic.

“There’s a lot of tension, a lot of stress up there. But we’re where we want to be now.”

The operations of the grain extractor are controlled by a handheld wireless remote and control station on the machine.

The handheld remote controls five functions of the machine: the plastic winder, drive wheels, conveyer up and down (used for dumping the plastic spools), auger up and down, and spout left and right.

Seven functions are controlled by the hydraulic levers on the grain extractor: Folding the auger, the winder, drive wheels, tipping the machine into transportation mode, auger up and down, bag dump (the retractable centre for the plastic spools) and the elevator, which is used to lower the plastic spools.

Wierenga said the Neeralta Extractor moves eight to nine thousand bushels in an hour and loads a super B grain trailer in 10 to 12 minutes.

To help keep trucks away from the bag when emptying the grain bags, Neeralta designed their extractor with a longer auger than some competitors, Wierenga said.

“So when it comes to pushing snow in the winter, we’re able to leave snow against the bag so we don’t take the risk of puncturing the bag.”

To run the grain extractor at optimum speed, a tractor with at least 100 horsepower and hydraulic flow of 26 gallon per minute is required.

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