Making customers’ lives easier, jobs safer, and their operations more efficient is what drives us every day. This passion brings us to one of our newest add-ons to simplify the process of transporting manure. We’ve recently teamed up with a company to develop a suction boom that can be attached to any size of GEA Houle spreader.
The 8” diameter boom has a 20’ reach for off-load flexibility in a variety of situations. Once the spreader is pulled up next to the transport tanker, the boom can hydraulically be moved into place. The vacuum pump then feeds the centrifugal pump (that comes standard on spreaders). Loading time can vary, but we typically see 2,000gpm with swine manure. With a legal semi load of approximately 6,000 gallons, it only takes a few minutes to transfer before the applicator is back to injecting and the tanker is down the road.
Not only does this keep the tanker driver in the semi and the applicator in the tractor, but it eliminates the need for an additional pump transfer system and booms on every semi. Having a suction boom on the spreader also frees up additional weight on the tanker allowing for larger transport loads. Larger transport loads plus the time saved from hooking and unhooking hoses, equals more manure moved in a safer and quicker (not to mention cleaner) fashion.
From an efficiency (and even safety) standpoint, these suction boom add-ons serve as a great alternative for those operations that have to move a lot of manure over the road.