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best ring drive silo unloader

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jim ball

02-03-2008 14:03:13

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i have a badger ring drive BN2400. am thinking of upgrading. dont't know if i should get one with or without torque arm. does anyone use a silo matic, patz a1, jamesway or a valmetal ?

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02-05-2008 19:43:27

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 Re: best ring drive silo unloader in reply to jim ball, 02-03-2008 14:03:13  
I would buy nothing but Jamesway.
Put it in a brand new 14x40 back in the early 70's and in a brand new 20x70 in the early 80's.
Had one in an old 14x40 and another in a 16x50.
Blew corn silage, haylage, high moisture corn.
Not a lick of trouble.
I have replaced blower bearings on a one year old valu something or other at a place I worked at.

I don't trust much of anything with valu in the first part of the name or o-matic at the end.

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02-04-2008 14:51:10

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 Re: best ring drive silo unloader in reply to jim ball, 02-03-2008 14:03:13  
Man you guys are lucky. I am stuck with a badger packer drive. Benn down our 40 footer 4 times on its 5 jorney now since I put it in. It was only down a 35 footer 4 times before we go t it. So, who ever dreamed these things up did not intend for them to be used in wisconsin winters. Even now that I have no frozen corn silage on the walls to deal with it still needs help around the silo. Its a BN2400 packer drive in a 14 footer. I have htought about paying the Amish neighbor kids to pitch it out by hand. Sure would be alot faster and cheaper. Bob

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02-04-2008 07:04:18

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 Re: best ring drive silo unloader in reply to jim ball, 02-03-2008 14:03:13  
Have had a few brands, although not all that you mentioned, but will only buy Patz ring drives, and much prefer the gathering chain to augers. Have one thats near 30 years old, has had minimal reapirs, and still works. Not sure exactly what you are refering to as the 'torque arm'- do you mean the arm that goes to the silo door and holds the hood up? I've never seen a silo unloader without one. Is there one?

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phillip d

02-03-2008 17:36:51

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 Re: best ring drive silo unloader in reply to jim ball, 02-03-2008 14:03:13  
we have an old 98b patz that works fine and a hanson(supreme) ring that also works fine,but there are a bunch of valmetals around here and people seem to love them,maybe because most of them are new they work good,who knows?

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02-03-2008 14:16:38

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 Re: best ring drive silo unloader in reply to jim ball, 02-03-2008 14:03:13  
I"ve never seen anything simpler and more dependable than a Hanson. I"ve had Jamesway (they sort of work if you take enough parts off of them), and Clay. Replaced the Jamesway on the other farm with a used Hanson, after having the Hanson on the home place for over 15 years. Eventually updated the home Hanson with the ring drive.

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