Oztec’s grain handling equipment includes chaser bins, field bins and augers along with advance designed tubeconveyors and grain elevators
Oztec has become the specialist local manufacturer for grain and cotton-handling equipment for all sizes of farming operations and specialists in grain handling conveyors for
large storage operations.
Outstanding in the range is the Oztec engineer designed chaser bins offering product capacities from 15 to 60 tonnes. With nine standard models coming through the factory in sizes of: 15T, 18T, 21T, 25T, 30T, 36T, 45T, 50T and 60T.
Discharge augers with included Walterscheid PTO shafts are fitted to bins as standard and come in 400, 480 and 530mm (16, 19 and 21-in) diameters.
Oztec also offers a further advantage with its optional Longreach Conveyor system that enables pickup from headers on 9 to 18m tramlines, and operators have found being able to keep the bin further away from the header is becoming beneficial with the use of 18m fronts. This option is available on bins of over 25 tonnes capacities and up.
The challenge for Oztec to offer a Longreach system for 18m tramlines was to have a catcher system that reaches out to 8.1 metres from the centreline of the tractor and also able be compact when in the travel position.
Oztec’s solution was to use two overlapping belts. Still very stable and the operator has good control in placing grain where they want on the belt.
The 1.8m-wide belt conveyor gives a landing area of approximately 7.14 sq metres.
Twin full-length cross augers on the top of the bin distribute the incoming grain evenly forward and rear to fill the bin to the maximum capacity.
In addition to the standard built chaser bin models, Oztec can offer special builds to any specifications, and depending on requirements the bins can have ADR and BPW axle systems including single axle, tandem axle with self-steering walking beam suspension or tri- and quad-axle self-steer with independent hydraulic suspension.
For growers seeking very high carrying capacities, flotation tyres are fitted to ensure reduced soil compaction, and with the added advantage of extra stability. According to tyre manufacturers, these tyres have up to three times the life of standard agricultural tyres.
Chaser bins are also supplied with a full-length hinged cleanout door and a heavy-duty roll-top roof tarpaulin.
Optional extras include a road kit, bagging chute, hydraulically controlled adjustable spout on the discharge auger, weigh scales, hydraulic drive instead of a PTO, cameras and 600L firefighting kit.
Grain augers and Tubeveyors
Oztec offers a wide range of grain augers and has also developed specialised Tubeveyor models that can be ordered in any length, diameter, and product capacity to suit all sizes of farming operations.
With the advantage of being a local manufacturer, the Oztec company was approached by a grower to build an enormous 40m tube conveyor for shifting grain on-farm.
Oztec came up with a completely new design for the 40m Tubeveyor to give it a high level of stability. It required four wheels on 6m wheel centres to be stable.
It also required a powerful engine, so Oztec decided on a John Deere 6068Ti six-cylinder engine that provides nett continuous power of 106kW (144hp). It runs at 1800rpm, and that means it’s not working excessively hard for this particular application.
Oztec’s Managing Director John Sheehan says his team designed and built the Tubeveyor with a 600 mm-wide belt conveyor inside a 406mm tube and it has the capacity to carry a wide range of grains.
“The engine is working well,” John says. “We have put a Kensho K27 engine controller with it, which is a computer that provides the engine with greater protection and management.
“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 added.
John explained how the Tubeveyor is unique in its size, “With a belt conveyor like this you can only run it up to an angle of 25 degrees or the grain starts falling backwards on the belt. It is 40m long 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.
“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 a belt conveyor this long.”
As an established leading local manufacturer, Oztec can custom build and engineer grain chaser bins, grain augers and Tubeveyors in an extensive range of lengths, diameters
and engine power to suit any farming operations. For more information call Oztec on tel: 07 4635 2600 or see the full range at www.oztecman.net.au