Last May, Loftness Specialized Equipment introduced its new XLB10 “premium” grain bagger, which, the company claims, makes it easier on operators when it’s time to install bags.
A remote-controlled jib crane and trolley system use electric motors to lift bags off the ground and slide them into place on the tunnel. A retractable bag loading apron helps pull the bags onto the bottom pan.
Loftness has also redesigned the tunnel on this model and given it a deeper bag pan that can hold longer bags, so it can fill 10-foot bags up to 500 feet long. The 20-inch auger has a large hopper and can fill those bags at a rate of about 30,000 bushels per hour.
Electric brakes add to safety when moving the bagger down the road, and the wheels can be hydraulically raised and lowered. The XLB10 uses a 540 r.p.m. PTO drive and requires a tractor with at least 85 horsepower to operate it.
The company claims producers will find the XLB10 easy to repair, because it uses “off-the-shelf, industry standard” parts that can be sourced quickly.
For more information see the company’s website at grainlogix.com.