Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Things You Need to Know About Weight Hitch Classes


Being able to tow a trailer is very handy from both a commercial perspective and in your day-to-day life. However hitching a trailer isn’t always as simple as it seems and there a number of factors that determine how you should go about it with respect to the equipment you have. A trailer hitch is the key component in allowing you to tow, and getting the right hitch according to the weight of your vehicle and the trailer itself is crucial to make for a smooth ride. However there are other pieces of equipment you will need to tow safely. Let’s take a look at the main considerations you need to take into account.

Gross combination weight rating


The manufacturer of the vehicle you are using to tow with will provide some safety information about towing in the vehicle’s owner’s manual. The GCWR will tell you how much weight the vehicle can safely tow, including its own weight and whatever you have in your trailer. It’s very important to avoid exceeding this as you can potentially put yourself and your equipment in danger.

Gross weight trailer


The gross trailer weight (GTW) considers you how much it weighs when fully loaded with cargo, fuel and all the safety equipment necessary to tow. You will need to calculate this before towing and often it will take a little guess work, that’s why we always recommend rounding up if you’re not sure. You’ll find your trailer weight (when empty obviously) in the trailer handbook and then it’s just about adding any cargo and other equipment.

Hitch class


Different towing hitches are classified into categories according to their maximum weight capacity, obviously ranging from low maximum weight to high. It also determines the receiver opening size; Class I and II hitches have a smaller opening size, which essentially ensures that users are not able to attached large trailers where it is not safe to do so. You’ll often find that cars and smaller vehicles have Class I/II hitches attached.

This equipment is manufactured in such a way that trailers only fit into hitches that can safely support them.

Hitch Adaptors


In contrary to what is mentioned above, hitch adaptors can be used to connect smaller hitches to larger trailers. It is crucial however that you consider the weight you are towing to ensure you don’t damage any of the equipment. Generally, the weight capacity will be reduced by some 50% as a result of this, however you should be somewhat experienced with hitches if you are going to use an adaptor.

Weight distribution hitch


There are special tow hitches that are designed to ensure a smoother ride by distributing the weight that is placed on the front axel of the hitch through the trailer and tow vehicle. This can actually have the effect of enabling your equipment to handle more weight than it otherwise would and decreases the wear and tear factor.


If you’re unsure about how to safely tow and the capability of your trailer and tow vehicle, it’s worth chatting to an expert and at the very least doing a little research. There are many factors that can determine how safe and stable your trailer is when towing on the roads. Speak to an expert at Advantec today for more information.

Monday, 27 February 2017

How Grain Handling Technology Evolved with the Introduction of Updated Technologies?


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Every farmer is a gambler. They gamble on the weather and are completely dependent on how the weather turns out to be in order for their crops to flourish and profit from it. The crops can get destroyed due to a storm or they can turn on perfect because of the appropriate weather conditions. This is one thing that the science lacks control in to a considerable degree. Farmers are on the mercy of the weather to either bring them a good year in farming or make them bear a terrible loss.
When it comes to grain storage science has blessed us with incredible technology. Since the industrial age, many progressions have been made in terms of handling crops. Farmers profiting from grain crops have benefitted with better maintenance for the crop and better storage facilities. Here are some of the recent technological advances that science has blessed the grains crops with.


NECO’s COMMANDnet:

Grain drying is only required for as much as 2 months.  Despite that, this process is an important aspect for the farmers as well as the consumers. In case of the failure of a grain dryer machine, the whole operations can come to total halt. Improper dryness can cause the grain to get damaged in the grain storage and can render it totally useless before it is even transported for sale.  People would have to sit through the whole process in close proximity to the machine. This was done irrespective of the time, in order to protect the crop from perishing due to the malfunctioning of a dryer. This phenomenon changed after the introduction of ConnectPort X4 Gateway.
The system was introduced by NECO team and is now equipped in every dryer. It utilizes device cloud then passes on the information to a custom web application of NECO, COMMANDnet. This granted easy access to farmers, dealers and NECO itself. Just like most fields in farming and transportation, trucks are going digital, it only makes sense that grain drying can make use of this technology. Now farmers don’t need to spend all their time being physically present with the machine but instead can get alerts in the forms of SMS or e-mails. They can also have applications in their smartphone, computers or tablets with which they can log in and review the progress.

360 Bullets:

360 Bullets is yet another innovation in grain handling, conserving the nutrients of the grains while providing quality harvest. Prior to the introduction of 360 Bullets to the farmers, the traditional rippers were prone to penetrate the soil by a small percentage. These later affects the crop, which in turn ends up receiving less nutrients than it should. 360 Bullets is although known to be only 1.5% slower than its predecessor, but gets the job done right. It eliminates undisturbed berms and rips the soil deeper than any other ripper. It ruptures the soil surface so that the roots can have a smooth transition to the subsoil’s moisture level. It has the added benefit of having the same horsepower as its forerunners.


Tribine:

With technology improving throughout the years, a lot of old practices in farming have nearly become extinct. Another machine that is changing the game for farmers is Tribine.  This machine has the capacity to eliminate the need of a tractor or a grain cart completely. Adding more to its benefit is its speed, which is faster than the two conventional machines combined. It harbors a 1000-bushel grain bin which can be unloaded in just over two minutes. Its 500 gallon fuel tank provides it with the capability to work continuously for 24 hours. Another innovation that has been made is that the cab floor is entirely made up of glass. This grants a wider range of vision for the surroundings. It also boasts of having a tighter radius for turning than other combines. These features make the machine more desirable and intensely awaited. It is expected to release soon in 2017.



All these inventions are introduced to provide a smoother system of farming and grain handling. These machines make the painstakingly difficult work of any average farmer, less time consuming and more profitable. The machines listed here are capable of doing exactly that. Technology can always be counted upon to better the lifestyle of any industry and therefore should be embraced by all the farmers across the world. It is the perfect way to compete with a market with high demand.