Simple grain bag unloading
May 30, 2013 | Grain News
Neeralta Manufacturing at Neerlandia, north of Edmonton, Alta., has this year introduced a new grain bag extractor, that not only unloads nine- to 12-foot wide grain bags but also wraps and ties the plastic into a handy bale for easy disposal — all in one easy operation.
The new extractor is available in both trailer and three-point — hitch models, says John Wierenga, who looks after sales and marketing for the family owned manufacturing business.
“It is the same machine, but is available in two transport models depending on a farmer’s needs,” he says. “Each unit comes with a self-contained hydraulic pump and reservoir, so it is easily handled by a 90-horsepower tractor. It doesn’t take much power to run it.”
The extractor that works with nine-, 10- and 12-foot-diameter bags can load a truck at up to 150 bushels per minute. A short video on the company website at www.neeralta.com shows how the machine operates.
“A unique feature of this extractor is the plastic wrapping mechanism that is all part of the extraction machine,” says Wierenga. “You don’t have to buy a separate bag wrapper, or come back later after a bag is empty, and may be all wet and muddy. With this machine you put the auger into the face of the grain of an open bag and as the grain is moved into a truck, the machine automatically wraps the plastic and ties it with baler twine.”
Once the plastic is wrapped, the hydraulic spool holding the bundle opens, the plastic bale rolls down a conveyor, gently dropping into the bed of a pickup truck. “It is a very slick operation and there is virtually no cleanup afterward,” says Wierenga. “The bag is gone and you may have four or five pails of grain to pick up. It is very clean.”