New Holland Agriculture — DuraTank 3400S Manure Spreader


01:00:46 JORDAN MILEWSKI: Hi, I’m Jordan
Milewski with New Holland Agriculture. I’m here with our all-new DuraTank 3400S side
discharge manure spreader. The all-new DuraTank series spreaders feature 31 key product improvements
over our last generation 3100 series spreaders. I’d like to take a moment of your time to
walk around this machine and review some of the all-new features on these new spreaders.
The all-new DuraTank series spreader family has three models; a 2,000-gallon 2000S side
discharge spreader, a 2600S 2,600-gallon side discharge, and this, our largest of the family,
the 3400S 3,400-gallon side discharge manure spreader. First, let’s start by taking a
look under the hood. The first thing you notice is that the front shield is supported by gas
struts, which hold it up so it’s out of your way, so you have good access to the front
of the machine for any maintenance and service work. These all-new DuraTank models feature
shearable protection on the main driveline, easy-access greasing points, even the main
auger bearing is very easy to grease. You don’t need to reach behind to grease it.
You have central greasing from the front of the auger tube itself as well as an additional
grease point here. The chains themselves are oil lubricated. There’s a small pump on
the other side that every time hydraulic oil opens the door, it automatically oils the
chains for higher reliability. Unlike machines with an oil reservoir in the front, if any
leakage in the tank occurs, you don’t have to worry about contamination of expensive
lubricating oils. The leakage will simply drip out of the bottom of the open front.
These new spreaders feature active transport lining, which is standard feature on all New
Holland box spreaders and tank spreaders. One major improvement over the old 3100 series
spreaders is the location of this cylinder. 01:02:43 JORDAN MILEWSKI (CONTINUED): On 3100
series spreaders, the cylinder was mounted from the bottom and it pushed up. Today, we
have the cylinder mounted on the top, pulling up on the auger. The hydraulics are master/slave
set up, which is going to synchronize the auger movement so it moves parallel to the
floor, which prevents any undue loading of the bearing, which makes the spreader much
more durable and helps to protect the drives. All new DuraTank series spreaders feature
a single auger with segmented flighting. The tank design is ideal for both slurries as
well bedded pack and pen pack materials. The segmented flighting auger helps to chop up
long-stem bedded materials for easier discharge. Unlike continuous flighted augers, the segmented
design moves material quickly to the door without building pressure which can jam up
the expeller. The top of the tank features fishbowl ends, which prevent material from
slopping out either the front or the rear of the spreader. The side walls of the spreader
have a top board of 4 x 6 wood. Bucket guards protect the spreader from damage when loading
with a bucket loader or skid steer. DuraTank models feature right-hand side delivery. This
is more ergonomic than those spreaders which deliver material off the left-hand side, allowing
easier and more precise control of the discharge with easy access to the tractor controls on
the right-hand side. The discharge material, DuraTank series spreaders use a high-speed
expeller which rotates over the top, throwing material as far 60 feet from the spreader
for a wide, thin, spread pattern with very uniform material distribution. The high-speed
expeller features a replaceable rooster-column design where the rooster columns can be reversed
for twice the life. The over-the-top design eliminates the need for difficult and dirty
adjustments of the expeller shroud, while still providing very good material breakup.
The expeller trough is lined with a poly material which is going to reduce the friction and
reduce the horsepower requirement of the machine as well as prevent sticky materials from hanging
up or materials from freezing in the wintertime. 01:04:49 JORDAN MILEWSKI (CONTINUED): Another
change over the 3100 series spreaders that we’ve made is that these flyers on the expeller
shroud itself. This is going to prevent the drift of manure when spreading in very windy
conditions to help keep your tractor cleaner as well as the spreader. The shroud adjusts
easily by removing a pin and repositioning to set the spread pattern that you’re looking
for. Best of all, at the end of the day when you’re through spreading, it’s very easy
to clean out the expeller trough. By simply pulling on the handle, the expeller trough
opens up, allows any remaining liquids in the trough to drain out. It also prevents
the buildup of snow or rain which, in the wintertime, can cause freezing. When I’m
ready to spread again, kick the door closed, and you’re ready to go. All DuraTank models
are available with the optional Digi-Star NT 460 Nutrient Tracker scale system. This
advanced scale system uses GPS technology combined with weigh cells located at each
axle and in the tongue of the machine to provide accurate weighing of material as it’s distributed
out of the machine, provides real time feedback to the operator, reading out in tons per acre,
allowing them to use that nutrient resource we like to call manure. The nutrient tracker
system allows the operator to adjust his distribution rate based on tons per acre, allowing the
operator to control the flow of material and will also provide record keeping, which is
ideal for those producers who fall under K4 regulations and are required to report the
amount of manure spread per field on their farm. The system allows the operator to track
by field numbers as well as GPS location; the amount of material distributed, and can
also be used to generate maps of where manure has been spread to ensure the most accurate
spreading possible. 01:06:48 JORDAN MILEWSKI (CONTINUED): Through using this system, producers
are able to better utilize their manure nutrients, improving their yields as well as helping
to reduce their dependence on expensive chemical fertilizers. The nutrient tracker system is
simple and easy to use. First, the operator selects a field. This is field three, for
example. You can customize those if you have very specific field names for record keeping.
The GPS will track where the manure has been discharged in the field. Then, all the operator
needs to do is simply push the “Start” button. You press “Start” and begin spreading, and
when the load is complete, simply push the “Stop” button, and it will imprint in its
memory a record of where and how much material in tons per acre was distributed on the field;
essential for reporting. Field names and other information can easily be added to the system
using the integrated keypad. Or the system can also be updated by connecting it to a
laptop computer back at the farm. DuraTank Series manure spreaders feature our all new
offset 60-40 tandem axle. This provides that the front tire only ever carries 40% of the
load, which allows the spreader to turn much more easily especially on hard ground while
loaded.

Comments

  1. Good Lord same design I used in the 1980! That single sugar sucked in 1980s and still does today. We went to a knight spreader in 1990s and never looked back! I love new holland equipment but their spreaders suck!

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