2022 - Volume #46, Issue #6, Page #23[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Teflon Liners Extend Equipment Life
Matthew McKeever, National Sales Manager says, “Our plastic is similar to Teflon in slickness, but what sets it apart is its durability.”
The durable plastic liners can take a lot of abuse and make unloading much easier due to the slickness. The plastic bed liners come in different sizes depending on which vehicle or trailer farmers want to have lined.
“During installation, the liners are mechanically fastened at the front of the trailer. At the other end, they leave a 2 to 3-in. gap at the rear of the trailer to allow it to breathe.
“Plastic expands and contracts as temperatures change,” he says. “In the Midwest, it could be 50 degrees in the morning and 90 in the afternoon.
“That means a 37-ft. piece of plastic is going to grow quite a bit because of the heat,” McKeever says. “We have to allow it to breathe to prevent bowing upward because there isn’t enough room to grow.”
The plastic truck bed liners have been extremely popular in construction and trucking.
“I have six quad-axle dump trucks that have their bed liners installed,” says Michael Krintz, a Wisconsin farmer. “In addition to farming, I own a landscaping company, so I have them in single-axel dump trucks and dump trailers.
“After installing them in my landscaping equipment, I put some leftover scraps into my feed bunks to help them last longer,” he says. “The bunks are also easier to clean out.
“I now have a $300 feed bunk that costs $3,000 brand new, and it’s going to last me another 7 or 8 years,” Krintz says.
He also put plastic lining in his manure spreader. The liner helps the floor of the manure spreader last longer and prevents broken chains.
Krintz also has a belt trailer that he hauls with a semi.
“We haul both feed and manure with it,” he says. “Whatever is in there slides right out. We can haul grain with it and then go straight to hauling manure.”
Krintz has been farming his whole life and says he appreciates it when you can make equipment last a little longer.
McKeever says his company can line pretty much anything a farmer brings to them. “Anywhere you have grains, crops, aggregate, or dirt coming in contact with metal, it’s going to mean challenges,” he says. “We can line anything that needs it.”
“There are a lot of variables that go into setting a price,” McKeever says. “We typically charge by running linear feet. Contact us when you’re ready to talk about adding a liner.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Matthew McKeever, Röchling Industrial Gastonia, 903 Gastonia Technology Parkway, Dallas, N.C. 28034 (ph 704-884-3561; www.dumpliner.com).
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