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What makes a good Grain Cart

Atualizado: 26 de ago. de 2021

Grain Carts are very useful equipment in the logistics involved in the harvesting, serving as a bridge between the combine and the grain truck. Another use is during sowin season, helping to transport seeds and fertilizers. As they are used in harsh field conditions, they need to be well-built, strong and robust equipment, capable of withstanding the rigor of agricultural activity and the terrain without fail, repairs and exchanges of parts.

High-capacity grain carts are increasingly sought after by farmers since investing in good equipment is a way to eliminate wasted time and speed up the harvesting operation, which can greatly improve the performance of the combine. INDUTAR brings to the market the APPOIO Grain Carts line with different sizes and characteristics. What are the specifications that should be taken into account when choosing which Grain Cart to buy that best meets the particular demand of your operation?

  • Capacity: The ideal capacity varies according to the size of the farm, the model, the capacity of the combine and the region. It is important to work with a Grain Cart that is compatible with the size of the operation and that works in sync with the combine. The larger the combine's tank, the larger the grain cart's capacity should be.

  • Auger: There are Grain Carts options on the market with one or two augers. Carts with two augers can offer a shorter unloading time, but models with pyramidal concept and single auger offer less moving and friction parts, resulting in less breakage and grain loss, which is of fundamental importance for operations with greater added value such as of seed harvesting for example. Fewer mechanical parts consequently also mean fewer break points, reducing the need for downtime for maintenance. As for the diameter of the auger, the larger, the shorter the unloading time, but it requires more tractor power to activate the set.

  • Unloading speed: To optimize the harvest operation and synchronize the timings of the combine and the cart, the unloading time is essential, otherwise it is necessary to stop the combine as soon as its grain tank is full and wait for the return of the grain cart, losing operation efficiency and harvester performance.

  • Axles and Wheels: Single or twin axle options are related to loading capacity, agricultural practices and soil conditions. The weight of the trucks can cause soil compaction and consequently reduce crop yields, so it is important to distribute the weight between the wheelsets, reducing the pressure on the soil to reduce subsurface compaction. Choose twin axles or flotation tires to minimize the effect on soil porosity.

  • Tractor power: The Grain Cart must be compatible with the size and power of the tractors available on the property, which, in addition to being strong enough to pull a loaded trailer, must have a power take-off (PTO) capable of activating the unloading systems. Consult the technical information to make the best decision.

  • Equipment Quality: When purchasing a grain trailer, it is important to think about its future used equipment resale value, manufacturer's brand and reputation, as well as its durability. Indutar is recognized for the excellent finish of its equipment, as well as its durability. The Appoio Indutar Carts line is assembled on a welded tank base structure in a single piece, in structural steel, with paint and anti-corrosion treatment, ensuring a longer useful life and resale potential.

  • Operation growth: Finally, it is important to think about the growth of the agricultural operation. When the business is doing well and there is visibility to increase the planted area or to acquire harvesters with better performance, a trailer that is sized for this new growth scenario should be chosen.

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