Headquartered in North Dakota, the folks at Superior Manufacturing sure know something about grain bins able to stand up to the rigors of wind and snow. They let us know a little bit about some of their capabilities that include bins ranging from 1,850 to more than 1 million bushels, all backed with the industry’s only lifetime warranty.
While the most common causes of bin damage are high winds and heavy snow, Superior builds its roofs to withstand wind gusts of up to 90 mph and 37-pound snow loads per square foot. Roof features include 31Ž2-inch-deep rigidized roof ribs that are secured together by wind rings in a single resilient unit. Individual pipe pieces come together and further fasten the roof and its wind rings by clamping a locking bracket at every roof rib. These brackets give added security and durability because they eliminate the twisting and displacement common with expansion bolts.
Superior’s roof sheets run from the sidewall sheets to the top peak ring to keep the entire roof in one unit, rather than an apron design, which leaves weak points in the roof. Further, roof panels are bolted to the sidewall sheets in four locations to ensure there are no weak points. These bolts provide security and reinforcement at crucial structural points of the bin.
Superior also offers the largest vent size in the industry. The 20-by-20-inch vents increase airflow and reduce condensation to allow grain to dry faster. The vents are punched out of the steel, which prevents moisture from leaking into the bin. Unlike others that use metal vents that can rust, Superior uses poly vents, which are better suited to outdoor conditions.
Superior forms its Herculok® floors without removing steel. The end product is a floor that is 12 percent heavier and twice as strong as competitors’ bins. The bins come with deep rib floor supports that have proven to be four times stronger than the supports in competitive brands.
Superior bins come standard with plenty of more features that could be just perfect for your operation. Check out their entire line enhanced for safety and performance at www.superiorbins.com.