**The following is NOT an endorsement for Batco or Elias Reliabelt conveyors, but is a true account from my experiences on my operation.**
I have a 1545 LP conveyor, and it is one of the best pieces of equipment on my farm I EVER bought. bulletproof to say the least. Truckers LOVE it. SuperB of soybeans loaded in less than 13 min. Amazing. So when the time came to buy a long one, like a fool I never bothered to see one in action and bought a 20-110 conveyor with a 2012 swing from Brandt, based on the track record of my 1545. What a nightmare. Biggest mistake for buying a piece of equipment. It is like I am the test guy for this product. Capacity is not much more, if any than my 1545. The unit needs 4 SCV's, to start with. The training wheels are supposed to come off the transfer auger "with a simple use of the hand operated jack". Nope... all it does is change the angle the wheels are in relation to the conveyor. We had to use a jackal jack to remove them, and they didn't even think enough to put a place to stow the wheels, so now the operation is like a fracking crew, where you have to have a "junk truck" to move with the conveyor to go from yard to yard to carry all the extra pieces. Once you finally get the swing mounted, the puny Bulldog jack to lift the hitch is severely under-rated, and the only way to safely lift the unit is 2 people. One on the Bulldog, and the other on the widow-maker Jackall jack. Then they have multiple positions for the hitch. To go from "transport" to "Operate" position is only a pull of the pin, but running it like they say only works if you have the CV joint of the power shaft reversed and facing the tractor... as shown in their manual! I pointed that out to the service guy on the phone in Regina and he didn't believe me until he looked for himself. I made that mistake (reversing the PTO shaft) on my Sakundiak swing auger and it cost me $1100.00, so I learned my lesson. To run this unit correctly with the shaft facing the correct way, the entire machine vibrates so badly it won't work. When you have to move the conveyor, you have to place it in transport position again, otherwise it is so low to the ground, it drags gravel under the frame and if you don't catch that before you operate and clean it out, you run the risk of gravel getting into the belt between the rollers and damaging the belt. Then there is the issue of the swing conveyor being too high and either overshooting or undershooting the product, no sweet spot, even with hood adjustments. A simple drop down spout would fix that. Because of the brilliance of their engineering, it is NOT like a swing auger where you can move the swing laterally any amount and it still will work. With this machine you have about 2-3 feet of lateral movement before you completely miss the receiving hopper on the main conveyor. The reason is they mounted the pivot pin back and to the side, so the cantilever action on the discharge is multiplied. Then the hydraulic lever for the swing is mounted on the wrong side, so to operate it you are in a crush point position to operate safely, and there is no way of mounting the other way. I have an end drive, which predisposes me to 3 gearboxes and shafts. When you lower the swing down from transport position, the lever to extend the flex hopper fits neatly in-between the drive shaft and conveyor. If you aren't paying attention, you will bend the shaft, the lever or rip the lever right off, and it's easy to miss. Once again the lever is not designed to operate on either side, yet they claim you can run it from either side. The stance of the frame is wayyyyyy to narrow. They encourage you to widen out the wheels. Ok, good point. To do this, we use the same Bulldog jack provided that now is so under rated, you cannot even turn the handle. Once again, the widow-maker has to come into play so we can lift the axle. 2 person job. Even extended, it is way too narrow. Brandt could EASILY extend the axles 2 feet longer and there was still room to have them collapsed in for transport. The hydraulic motor on the transfer unit wobbles like something is bent and they assured me it was "normally like that due to the design".
I honestly can say I have NEVER regretted a purchase like this in my entire life. It is not user-friendly. I cannot let anyone else use it without a one hour safety tutorial so they don't wreck the unit or injure themselves, and DEFINITELY not by himself.
The only good thing about all this is that I have a legitimate excuse why I won't lend it out to anyone, as it is impossible to remember everything without doing damage to the unit.
When the service guy came out to see what all my whining was about, he couldn't believe each of things I mentioned was legit. I gave him the $200.00 covers that go on the hoppers, told him to help me put them on...One does not even fit, and the other one tore when we were putting it on the other. You know the material Canadian Tire sells for their blue poly-tarps? Yeah...same material with a draw string. $200.00... and that is supposed to last for years....
I have used this machine for only 3 super B loads and frankly, I do not look forward to using it ever again. I am sure Batco and Elias have their issues, but I can't in my wildest dreams think that they would have this many engineering issues and have the short-sightedness to release a product with that many flaws.
The dealer who sold it to me is not to blame AT ALL. He has been working with me to get this resolved. The territory rep from Brandt is looking into it and says they will fix the issue. In my mind, I would like them to come and take this unit back, and replace it with one that has all these issues fixed. Not hack and weld and spray paint over the black spots.
Bottom line .... DON'T BUY BRANDT LARGE CONVEYORS.