1983 - Volume #7, Issue #6, Page #15[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Fast-Fil Center Pipe For Silos
"Farmers who've tested the Fast-Fil report that they cut their wagon unloading time in half," Sitterding notes. "Many also say their tractors use less fuel because they're not working as hard or long. But the main benefit is the non-plugging feature because, every time you plug your silo pipe, you're losing 35 to 40 minutes before you can get going again. That's valuable time."
Key to the Fast-Fil's unloading capacity is its 12 in. wide design, rather than the conventional 9 in. pipe on most silos. "Our wider design reduces the depth of the material within the pipe. Thus, there's less friction and you can push more material through it ù no matter what the crop," explains Sitterding, notingthat many farmers report they can unload three tons of haylage a minute using the Fast-Fil.
Made of 16 ga. galvanized steel, it features a high smooth curve so there are no abrupt turns to create plugging problems. Also, the pipe has an "open bottom" for air to escape. "This feature reduces the 'blow back' from within the silo back out the center fill hole. If desired, covers can be put over the open bottom when filling the silo with shelled or ground ear corn," Sitterding points out.
The company has Fast-Fil pipes for any bottom-unloading silo on the market. An adaptor connects 9 in dia. vertical silo pipe to the 12 in wide Fast-Fil "gooseneck". You may need to remove the silage deflector since most deflectors can't handle the increased silage flow of the Fast-Fil.
For more information, contact FARM SHOW Followup, Even-Flo Silage Distributor, Inc., 405 Farabee Drive, Lafayette, Ind. 47905 (ph toll free 800 428-7564; in Ind. call 317 448-1508).
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