Okay I will ask a few dumb questions:
>What are you storing in these bins?
>Do you have 3 phase power and an endless supply of it?
>Do you own most/all your land before investing huge into something like this?
>You have three quarters of a million bushels of storage there if I am correct?
>What is the reclaim process? I assume using the leg(s) at the pit end for that purpose?
>You seriously park the combine(s) to dump trucks???
I think you understand that air blowers can neither go far or fast when moving large bushels. I have a Sukup mixed flow 17 tier and it has three different heating sections. I also have what is referred to as a double run down the top of a row of bins which seems to work well. The pit would be nice for sure if you can keep the water out of it, I have a Hy-flight drag chain and it works well but is a bit noisier(I think because of the 45 degree angle in it). Brand wise it might depend on the dealer and their ability to deliver a good job at a reasonable price, but I am so far impressed with the Sukup equipment I got last year.
Couple of comments are that to unload it is nice to just flick a switch on the unload and auger into a truck, especially when it's cold. Don't really want to run a bunch of expensive legs/drags to just fill trucks. I would only put in re-claim system if you plan to blend grain. Might consider two rows of larger bins, I built 60K recently and will likely go bigger next time. Some of different sizes is nice.
Possibly some good info on this thread: https://www.thecombineforum.com/foru...er-set-up.html
Also Jake676 on this site has done some really good work on bin layouts, maybe he will chime in here.
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Corn, soybeans, cereal grains(mostly spring wheat)
Currently not an endless supply (thus the "went without power" comment) but they say "unlimited" 3 phase will be in by June, in other words, August if lucky.
Yes and I just about doubled it this winter(3000 to 6, not including rented)
Well the drawing is more for showing what I meant...as in no I don't need that much now, but down the road probably will.(as I said I haven't figured exactly what I need yet)
Yes, (changing answer to something that makes more sense at 2am) I've seen a few systems where they use a drag or conveyor with the bin auger and sweep, so that's the plan(ling ways but then it's one point)
Dumping trucks: well it's more like this: with our fleets combined we can go all day from dry to damp(in wheat anyways) without needing to empty trucks, so then either that night or early the next morning, everything gets emptied while we wait for it to warm up.(6-10 semi's (around 1k each), 4-12 tandem trucks(around 600 to 800 each) so when that is possible, it doesn't make sense to have someone not in a combine. Mostly the fault of 4ish farms planning to be a one person operation then deciding to work together, or at least for harvest.
Air system: the idea was(if possible or if it works as planned) it fills one or two hopper bins, when one gets full it kicks on the dry leg(s) and fills the normal bins. Or if we need the wet room, it fills directly into a normal bin, then either switched or the bin emptied when full. I have just heard (and read over the last 4ish weeks) that an air system can't really be beat for taking away from the dryer. Then again the next thing I read was against air.
I should have added more detail to the loading trucks part: most of the time when we haul out, it turn into a campaign, so the idea was fill one bin while loading into a truck so when the truck is full, the bin is full, ready for the next. No waiting on the elevators, just gravity. We have had to blend grain in the past, sometimes out of necessity, some out of luck(fill the front full of high quality grain, and the back with not high quality as most of the time they only probe the front.)
Bigger bins is something that I have considered, but I look around and no one really has bigger than 30, and I don't know if its due to money or other, such as condition issues. Again it's a mixed bag when I ask around.
Did read, got something out of it anyways. I think...