Manure Manager

Liquid Tanker Equipment

April 3, 2008  by Innovations

Sioux Automation Center, Inc
now has new simplified tri-axle, “Gear Steer” slurry tanks in 6,500-,
7,400- and 8,250-gallon sizes. This “Gear Steer,” or mechanical
steering system, provides the operator with hands-free, positive,
immediate steering action as compared to hydraulic systems.

Sioux Automation


    Sioux Automation Center, Inc now has new simplified tri-axle, “Gear Steer” slurry tanks in 6,500-, 7,400- and 8,250-gallon sizes. This “Gear Steer,” or mechanical steering system, provides the operator with hands-free, positive, immediate steering action as compared to hydraulic systems. The Gear Steer system mechanically responds to the directions of the tractor, rather than relying on the tractor’s hydraulic system. The Gear Steer system eliminates delays or lags in steering that can be experienced when using hydraulic systems, according to the company.

    When combined with the new Sioux Automation Center trailer injector, the Gear Steer system provides the ultimate in responsive manure application equipment, says the company. Sioux Automation Center’s trailer injector features a “True-Flow,” low gallons manifold. The manifold is designed to provide an equal distribution of material to all injectors, even when on an incline or side hill. Trailer injectors can be set up with five or seven drops, depending on the user’s needs. The True-Flow manifolds are available in five, seven or nine outlets and can be controlled by a “Raven Auto Flow” control system.

Glendale Industries

    Glendale Industries’ 8,500 imperial gallon 5th wheel manure tanker injection system features flotation of 29 psi and 100,000 lbs off-road suspension on 850/45 B 30-5 Trelleborg tires. It has heavy-duty rims and brakes on all four wheels. The articulated tractor and oscillating trailer pin give it excellent maneuverability on narrow access or through ditches, with a 25 mph road speed.

    The tank is epoxy lined for long life and has a maintenance free undercarriage, with no grease nipples or bushings.

The system has in cab control for all functions, including a computer for application rates, which are maintained regardless of ground speed.

    The tanks also feature Bourgault liquid manure discs, a flow meter system, and a tool bar and manifold system that provides easy distribution and disc spacing adjustment. Custom sizes and pull type models are available.



    Balzer offers a complete line of vacuum and top fill slurry tanks in sizes ranging from 800 gallons to 12,000 gallons, and in many different shapes and with many different options. Balzer’s durable 1/4” thick steel tanks feature the fully independent undercarriage and autotrail steerable axle systems available in certain models. More recent product improvements include 5” and 6” solid spindle axles with 25,000 lb hub ratings, disc brakes, 6” in-tank agitation with hydraulic flow control, full circle baffles, and longer PTO.

    Balzer has introduced three new tank concepts over the past few years. The latest addition is the Express Top Fill tanks which offer a unibody construction, 5” and 6” spindle/hub assemblies, disc brakes, 6” in-tank agitation with hydraulic flow control, and longer PTO. The independent undercarriage is replaced with the heavy plate steel unibody construction, resulting in a durable but more economical tank.

    Two products that the company says have revolutionized methods of applying manure are the Frac tank and Eliminator tank. These products were introduced with the goal of hauling more manure in the same amount of time. Both utilize the concept of keeping the trailer tank that is normally pulled with a tractor operating in the field, while semi-tankers haul to the application site at much greater speeds. 

    The Frac tank is a 17,500-gallon field storage tank that allows the operator to haul to the application site with semi-tractor trailer and maintain the slurry tank in the field injecting the manure. A slurry pump located on the Frac tank will unload the semi-tanker as well as fill the field tanker. A remote control option is also available to make this combination more efficient. This innovation keeps the slurry tank in the field injecting manure and off the roads and highways, consequently increasing the amount of manure applied.

    The last product is the Eliminator “Boom” Tank.  The operator doesn’t even have to leave the tractor seat to unload or load this tank. The hydraulic operated boom has an 8” suction hose that can load the tank in approximately four minutes from a semi-trailer, Frac tank, or even a deep pit. Normal tank sizes are 6,000, 6,500, and 7,500 gallons.

J-Star Bodco


    J-Star Bodco has introduced what it terms a revolutionary new series of Ultra-Trac heavy-duty liquid spreader tanks. The new Jamesway brand tankers include a hydraulic suspension design, industrial-duty braking system, a high-speed steering system, an independent trailer undercarriage, and heavy-duty 1/4” steel tank body.  All of these professional-duty features are standard equipment and are included with every Ultra-Trac spreader.

    Jamesway Ultra-Trac spreaders are available in six-wheel models (6,200 to 7,400 US gallons) and eight-wheel models (7,400 to 8,500 gallons). Standard features include an easy-open impeller housing made with T1 (abrasion resistant) steel, extra heavy discharge pipe, front and rear fill indicators, extra heavy internal baffles, and flashing signal and stop lights for safety. 

    A number of options are available to customize each spreader to specific needs, including tire sizes, PTO or hydraulic motor drives, spreading options, and a variety of manure applicator/injector systems to match customer requirements.

Nuhn Industries


    The Nuhn Quad Train is an articulating, multiple axle spreader without all of the moving parts and problems associated with king pin steering. It is designed as a complete spreader unit.

    The axle locations, tongue length, frame, and hitch all vary from a standard tank. The result is a large spreader that turns, backs up, and is easier to handle than a large single tank. The Quad Train addresses new axle weight restrictions for agricultural equipment, while maintaining the strength, instant response, and reliability of conventional tandem designs. The tanks are linked together with specially designed hoses, and a recirculating pump.

    The Quad Train comes in sizes with 8,000 to 15,000 US gallon capacities. The unit can be loaded from either the front or the back tank, as the liquid level rises at the same time in each. The Quad Train also comes in a vacuum style unit, and a loading arm is one of the options to choose from. All Nuhn options apply to the Quad Train as with all Nuhn equipment.



    J Houle & Fils Inc is a leading manufacturer of manure equipment in North America. The company offers a wide range of high quality manure handling products such as the 38-foot tool bar with three deflectors. This well-designed tool bar is said to spread any liquid manure faster and with less odor.

    The 38-foot tool bar handles hog and dairy manure containing long bedding at a rate up to 1,800 US gpm. It has no flexible hose, eliminating any risk of hose breakage. The 38-foot tool bar spreads with less odor because it is designed to feed its deflectors by gravity, to eliminate spraying and reduce odors to a minimum.

Imperial Industries


    The Calumet division of Imperial Industries manufactures manure handling equipment including spreader and vacuum tanks, truck-mounted tankers and pumps for agitation or load out.

    Features on the spreader tanks include a premium exterior finish; the tank is sandblasted, coated with a high solids epoxy primer, then followed up with a high solids urethane finish coat, which is said to give it excellent adhesion and long life. The tanks have a 35” square top loading port with safety grid (10” high). The liquid level indicator is easily seen from the rear of the tank or tractor seat when filling or spreading.

    The tanks have an adjustable undercarriage, 60/40 offset spindles and central grease banks. Rear injection brackets are standard for immediate or future use. Full length skids evenly support and distribute heavy loads on the unitized undercarriage. High flotation tires and walking tandem axles reduce soil compaction and carry heavy loads smoothly over rough fields.

    Other features include a full 10” sump, steel elbow and pipe, heavy-duty front-mounted high-volume pump and reversible splash plate.

Husky Farm Equipment


    Husky Farm Equipment has been manufacturing manure handling equipment since the early 1960s.

    One of the latest innovations in manure tankers on the market is the galvanized tanker. Husky’s galvanized tanks are manufactured with a 1/4” high-strength steel shell, with full baffles inside. The tanks are welded solid inside and outside, which keeps manure from getting into the cracks, where it could rust. The tanks are hot dipped galvanized; the fact that the tanks are totally submerged in the hot galvanizing material leaves little doubt that the steel is completely protected from acid in the manure, the company says.

    Husky has also introduced the “Slim Line” manure spreader. The Slim Line tank is shaped similar to a mushroom, with the wheels set in under the upper part of the tank. By producing the Slim Line tank, Husky was able to bring the overall width of the spreader down so the outside width of the spreader is approx. 10.5’ outside the tires (depending on the tires used). The Slim Line spreaders have received positive comment, the company says, especially when they are run on highways and narrow country roads.

    Husky has developed a truck-mounted tanker with a high-speed swing boom transfer kit, allowing the large farm operator to leave the spreader in the field and use a truck to shuttle from the pit to the field. The transfer can be done in about two minutes and the truck can go back for another load while the spreader in the field is spreading. This can be a real time saver for the operator with fields further away from the barn.

DM introduces all-in-one manure injection and tillage incorporator

dm all in one

    DM Machinery has introduced a new concept to the manure equipment market, an all-in-one injection/tillage/aerator/sub-soiler and manure incorporator. DM is an established producer of a variety of agricultural equipment such as liquid manure spreaders, dump trailers and lagoon pumps.

    With the cost of chemical fertilizers rising due to higher energy costs and the resulting move to using manure as a natural fertilizer—as well as rising fuel prices on the farm—this new all-in-one piece of equipment is said to deliver a number of benefits.

    The tool bar on the unit is equipped with a series of shaped distribution boxes. Offset adjustable walking tandem hubs, evenly spaced apart, are installed on the boxes. Each of the distribution boxes can be equipped with a variety of tillage tools, depending on the application. Each box has a hydraulic cylinder that maintains constant working pressure. This allows uniform tillage throughout the width of the machine.

    During incorporation, the flow of manure is supplied to the main distribution box and redistributed by hoses to the others. The manure flow is then re-divided under low pressure to the splash plates, where incorporation occurs with a choice of working tines, blades or disc hillers.

    For an injection application, one bolt is removed and the walking tandem modules are replaced with injection tines, evenly spaced. This is said to result in a 99 percent reduction of odor.

    In terms of field tillage, there an optional quick-attach plate that allows for the removal of the tool bar on to a pull-type caddy with a built-on weight tray. The unique design of the tool bar is said to allow the operator to convert his farming field practices from full to strip or zone tillage, all with one machine. The caddy may be used for other implements.

The all-in-one is available in three working models—10’, 15’ or 20’, all with foldable wings—in painted or optional galvanized steel. All the models have transport widths of 120”. Depending on the makes, all of the units can be retrofitted to existing slurry tanks with supplied installation brackets.

    The all-in-one may also be retrofitted for drag line use.


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