GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA, U.S. — Hutchinson, a division of Global Industries, recently introduced the new Hutchinson Sweep End-Wheel.
Currently available exclusively through Hutchinson and its worldwide dealer network, the Sweep End-Wheels’ 8.5:1 reduction is located inside the wheel itself. As a result, the sweep wheel is located much closer to the silo wall than other sweep wheel designs, and significantly reduces the amount of grain left along silo edges during the grain unload process, according to Hutchinson.
Thanks to its fluted tread pattern design and narrow tread footprint, the Sweep End-Wheel not only forces grain away from silo walls, but redirects it directly into the sweep auger. The effectiveness in which the Sweep End-Wheel accomplishes this task greatly reduces the need for manual assistance and substantially increases overall bin unloading safety, the company said.
Additionally, the heavy-duty polyurethane treads maintain an aggressive and consistent driving force into grain piles. The Hutchinson Sweep End-Wheel won’t sit and spin on top of the grain. It’s specifically engineered to dig down to the bin floor and pull through, making short work of unloading even the toughest grains to handle, including rice, barley and similar grains.
The one-and-a-half inch and two-inch shaft diameters and universal mounting pattern makes attaching the Sweep End-Wheel to an existing sweep auger fast and easy. Retrofit kits are available for both 8-inch and 10-inch diameters, and the Sweep End-Wheel has been engineered to fit most existing sweeps except torque arm sweeps, Hutchinson said. Installation can be done in as little as 15 minutes.
A video is available for viewing on Global’s web site (www.globalindinc.com) or can be seen on Hutchinson/Mayrath’s YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpzE6eQQAikbIqAusIsZp9w or Facebook page.