On Track: November/December 2010
November 30, 1999 by On TRACK
New Holland HydraBox™ Spreader
New Holland’s new HydraBox™ hydraulic-push box spreaders are built for simplicity, easy maintenance, and fast, productive performance.
Unlike traditional chain floor spreaders, HydraBox hydraulic-push spreaders feature a staggered, twin cylinder pushing system with vertical beaters instead of the traditional horizontal beaters. There are fewer moving parts and no apron chains, which may stretch and wear over time. The staggered cylinders provide a shorter tongue length for better maneuverability in tight barnyards, feedlot pens, and end-of-row turns. Each of the twin push cylinders is individually serviceable, and much less costly to replace than the stacked and welded cylinders with ported rods used on many other spreaders.
The patent-pending reverse top segment vertical beater ensures fast, smooth, uniform unloading of material with complete cleanout. The heavy-duty flighted beaters provide many years of service even when spreading sand- laden manures, occasional stones and frozen manure slabs, and can be removed and installed easily for stockpiling.
The box frame features solid virgin-poly floors and sides for strength while reducing friction, so loads move more easily, especially in freezing conditions, to avoid material buildup inside the spreader. The tongue is designed to pull directly from the axle, not the box, for greater strength when hauling heavy loads.
New Holland’s two HydraBox models meet the requirements of a variety of dairy, beef, poultry and mushroom operations. The 425V spreader model features a 425 heaped bushel capacity for medium-sized producers. The lower side height of this model is ideal for side loading with a skid steer or small wheel loader. The larger 550V HydraBox spreader model boasts an impressive 550 heaped bushel capacity for larger operations where telehandlers and large wheel loaders are utilized for cleanout.
Nuhn Vertical Pit Pump
The new Nuhn Vertical Pit Pump features a dual ported and tapered housing patented by Nuhn. The liquid is able to leave the pump housing via two opposite outlets. The Nuhn pump has a tapered fan, much like a boat impeller, that lifts the liquid while rotating in the housing. This design allows the Nuhn pump to produce 6,000 (US) gallons per minute at 1,000 r.p.m. with little input horsepower. Most eight-inch pumps on the market are in the 3,000 to 4,000 (US) gallons per minute range. Nuhn accomplishes these volumes at 640 r.p.m.
Other standard features of the Nuhn Vertical Pit Pump include a radio control, oversized gearbox with oil cooler; a fully enclosed drive line; a hardened and balanced drive shaft, and modular design.
Gehl articulated loader
Gehl Company is turning heads with brand-new additions to their product lines: Gehl compact articulated loader models 140, 340 and 540.
The three different sized loaders are designed to fit both the budget and the application at hand. Gehl articulated loaders feature tipping loads ranging from 1,900 to over 5,100 pounds (when not articulated) and rated operating capacities from 950 to more than 2,550 pounds. These machines can run virtually all universal-type attachments, putting tools customers already own to good use. Compact sizing – from as narrow as 41 inches on the model 140 – allows for easy access to extremely tight spaces. Articulated steering allows for turns up to 45 degrees, which further enables these compact loaders to navigate confined spaces while minimizing damage to sensitive surfaces and reducing tire wear.
Gehl articulated loaders come equipped with Yanmar diesel engines, which feature Interim Tier IV-certified emission technology with excellent performance in all applications. Horsepower ranges from 23-horsepower on the model 140, to 47-horsepower on the model 540.
Gehl articulated loaders are designed to go almost anywhere and do almost anything. A heavy-duty oscillating joint offers 45-degree turning angles to the left and right, and 10 degrees of oscillation in both directions, for optimal traction and maneuverability. The bucket and tires follow a constant turn radius, so the rear tires of the loader follow the path of the front tires. Narrow machine widths allow access to tight, confined spaces that most skid-steer loaders with comparable operating capacities cannot access.
Hydraulic performance and timesaving features on the Gehl articulated loaders give customers hydraulic power and precision. Two easily accessible auxiliary hydraulic lines with flat-face couplers power a variety of tools and make attachment changes easy. Lift arm and bucket float features allow for “floating” of the lift arm and bucket for light scraping and rearward leveling actions.
The uniquely designed lift arm on the Gehl articulated loader is designed to achieve maximum strength, excellent visibility and fast cycle times. The parallel-type linkage on the models 140 and 340, and “Z” bar-type linkage on the model 540, provide excellent bucket breakout forces. The unique linkage design allows for mechanical self-leveling action in both the up and down directions, excellent bucket dump angles at the mid- and top-ranges of the lift path, as well as outstanding forward reach.
A complete cab enclosure option is available on the models 340 and 540, providing comfort and safety for day-long operations. A 360-degree visibility is achieved by positioning the operator above the load for safe operation and excellent view of the attachment. A multi-function joystick controls the lift arm, bucket, float, travel direction, differential lock and auxiliary hydraulic functions. An inching pedal allows operators to vary ground speed while maintaining a fixed engine speed, to optimally run attachments while enabling precise machine speed control.
JCB, Volvo sign agreement on skid steer, compact tracked loaders
JCB and Volvo Construction Equipment have entered into a framework agreement under which they will co-operate on the engineering and manufacturing of skid steer loader and compact tracked loader products for distribution under their respective brands and through their respective global dealer networks.
It is envisaged that the first mono boom Volvo branded machines will be in production at JCB’s Savannah, Ga. facility by the end of 2010. Volvo Construction Equipment will then transition skid steer loader models over time from its Pederneiras facility in Brazil.
“This agreement will allow us to combine forces in this key product area enabling both brands to compete more effectively,” said John Patterson, deputy chairman of JCB.
“Volvo customers will benefit from a wider range of models that maintain the high level of product safety and functionality that they expect,” said Olof Persson, Volvo Construction Equipment president.
Octaform launches new product for concrete tanks
Octaform Systems Inc. recently announced the launch of a new wall panel for use with its stay-in-place PVC Finished Forming System.
The product, called SNAPLockTight, allows users to construct corrosion resistant concrete tanks without the need for caulking, linings or epoxy coatings.
SNAPLockTight extends Octaform’s tank construction capabilities into the growing biomass to energy production market. Specific applications for the technology will include anaerobic
digester tanks, open-air algae ponds and substrate storage.
Dave Richardson, president of Octaform Systems, says the development of SNAPLockTight was a natural product extension for the company.
“We pride ourselves on our one step, one system philosophy,” he said. “Our products are designed to integrate a number of the processes involved in concrete tank construction. SNAPLockTight enhances our Finished Forming System by combining the steps of concrete forming and watertight protective finishing into one system.”
The Octaform Finished Forming System can also incorporate insulation between the finished wall panels and the concrete. This is particularly useful in anaerobic digester tank construction, where insulation is typically wrapped externally around the tank.
“The highly corrosive environments experienced in biomass storage tanks and gas capture zones in fermentation tanks result in significant ongoing repair and maintenance costs for facility owners,” said Richardson. “Due to the durable nature of SNAPLockTight’s rigid PVC construction, we’ve eliminated the ongoing relining or coating maintenance that’s required in steel, fiberglass or bare concrete tanks.”
These maintenance costs can reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on the size of the compromised tank(s).