Superior Manufacturing is now offering heavy bins in its lineup of grain storage, handling and conditioning systems. The North Dakota-based company says the new bins have the same roofs, floors and unload systems as Superior farm bins, but the heavy bins’ sidewalls are formed with thicker steel for added strength and range from 15 to 48 feet in diameter with heights reaching 4 to 7 rings tall.
The thicker steel sidewalls on Superior heavy bins provide the extra strength needed to withstand the added stress of use as working bins, which are generally loaded and unloaded at least 10 times per year.
Superior also designed its heavy bins for use as wet holding bins. Thanks to the thicker sidewalls, the new bins easily accommodate the extra weight of grain-stirring devices, and withstand the strong push and pull forces on the bin sidewall as the auger pulls wet grains up for faster drying.
Superior roofs also contribute to the overall strength of the heavy bins. The roofs can handle 8,000 pounds, including ground snow loads of 40 pounds per square foot. They also withstand wind gusts as high as 90 miles per hour. And Superior backs all of its roofs with the industry’s only lifetime bin roof warranty.
The company also says the heavy bin unloads feature a 9-inch under-bin auger inside an 11-inch U-Trough. In addition, a 7-inch power sweep equipped with a 16-to-1 gear reduction wheel pushes grain into the sumps, while the U-Trough design allows the grain to free flow over the auger, speeding unloading rates to as fast as 6,000 bushels per hour without damaging grain.