Oztec has launched a 40m Tubeveyor, one of the most efficient locally made grain conveyors with a 600mm-wide belt running inside a 1200mm tube. It is seen as ideal for handling crops like lupins and chickpeas.
Driven by a powerful 107kW (144hp) John Deere 6068T1 industrial engine, the 40m Tubeveyor is the largest conveyor of its type the Toowoomba Qld based company has ever built.
Oztec managing director John Sheehan says his team designed and built the Tubeveyor for a farmer with specific requirements. It has a 600mm-wide belt conveyor inside a 1200mm tube and has the capacity to carry a wide range of grains at a rate of up to 300 tonnes per hour.
“We have been building self-propelled augers and tube conveyors since we started in 2003, but this is the biggest one we have ever done,” John said.
“It is run by a John Deere 6068T1 industrial engine, which is the same engine we have put in our earlier models. It is a very reliable engine and has more than enough power for the job.”
John said the unique Tubeveyor’s size was a function of the fact that you can only run it up to an angle of 25 degrees or the grain starts falling backwards on the belt. This means a 40m length is necessary to get the height needed to fill silos that are 15m high.
“We could have built it as a shorter self-propelled grain auger, but over that height an auger puts a lot of pressure on the grain,” John said. “The belt is a lot softer on lupins and chickpeas, so it handles the grain more gently. That’s the main reason this farmer went with the belt conveyor this long,”
To achieve the required stability for the 40m Tubeveyor, Oztec came up with a design that runs four wheels on 6m wheel centres.
The John Deere 6068T1 six-cylinder engine runs at 1800rpm in the Tubeveyor, and that means it’s not working excessively hard for this application.
The 6068T1 has a dynamically balanced crankshaft, forged-steel connecting rods for increased durability, a self-adjusting Poly-vee fan drive that can be matched to specific application requirements, and replaceable wet-type cylinder liners that provide efficient heat dissipation.
The 6068T1 provides an optional gear auxiliary drive which produces up to 37kW (50hp) for gear-driven accessories, while standard front-and-side mounting points provide easy installation and application flexibility.
Oztec have mated the 6068T1 with a Kensho K27 engine controller, which is a computer that provides the engine with greater protection and management.
“The Kensho K27 is very easy to operate and has a lot of features that we don’t need to use, but it has very extensive software in it and it goes well with the John Deere product,” John Sheehan said.
“John Deere is a well-known name and that’s an advantage for us. Farmers are confident they know what they are getting and when they need parts or service, there are agents or dealers all across the country.”
Oztec manufactures grain and cotton-handling equipment for the agricultural sector, as well as industrial conveyors and other equipment for the oil and gas drilling and mining industries.
Oztec grain augers and Tubeveyors already come in an extensive range of lengths, diameters and engine sizes to suit most farming operations and can also be custom built to any specification required.