Another new arrival to Machinery Guide, MK Martin is showcasing a number of its gravity boxes and grain carts. A Canadian manufacturer, MK Martin offers four models of its Gravity Box, ranging from 270- to 745-bushel capacities. Whether it’s combined with a Horst wagon or as box-only model to run on your own wagon, you get flexibility and durability for any conditions. With the 5000 and 6500 models, there’s an optional divider that splits the Gravity Box and allows for two separate commodities to be carried at the same time. Each side also comes with its own door for unloading and metering. With Grain Carts, there are two models available — the MK 650 and MK 850 with 650- and 850-bushel capacities respectively and a front folding auger that increases operator visibility while providing greater reach. The chute on the auger is also equipped with a hydraulic hood for more precise placement of the grain.
Soil health is integral to crop performance in the field, and more equipment manufacturers are engineering their tractors, combines and even grain carts to minimize soil compaction. That’s led Brandt to unveil its new flotation tire and track systems for its 1020XR and 1322XR Grain Carts. Enhanced tire and rubber track technologies have enabled Brandt to add these options to its product line, with operations possible under a broad range of field conditions. Improved and highly flexible low sidewall designs allow for significantly reduced tire pressures, and the new track options can reduce ground pressures from 66 psi down to 13 psi, an 80 per cent reduction.
A relative newcomer to the grain wagon and cart-carrying scene, Bach-Run was on site last year at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show. The brand has four different models of gravity bin grain wagons which are billed as new, complementing the company’s six heavy-duty, high-volume grain wagons. The company says its claim to fame is “Brute Strength” and its designs are based on working with farmers to meet their needs. With extensions, the gravity bin grain wagons have four different capacities, from 380 to 480 bushels. The interiors have a powder coating on a sandblasted surface for a durable, long-lasting finish. Each model also features three tie-in bars on the inside of the box, plus solid inner seams along with flat valleys that reduce dead corners. There’s also an easy-climb ladder on the outside, as well as large sight windows.
Harvest is where it all finally comes together. With this instalment of Machinery Guide, we bring you some of the latest upgrades and innovations in grain carts and wagons. Large or small, how you get your harvest from the combine to the semi is emerging as one of the key drivers of harvest efficiency, which is why these three manufacturers have put so much thought into their respective designs. As always, be sure to do your homework. It’s a very competitive sector.
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