One Impressive Feed Storage Building!
It stands tall, nearly 40’ to the roofline. It’s big, like 120’ x 200’. Concrete walls standing 16’ tall wrap all four sides of this huge structure. And it holds nearly 1 million bushels of corn. We’re talking about the huge feed storage structure at Revier Cattle Company, a beef operation with feedlot capacity of about 16,000 head. But what makes this structure especially unique are two steel feed storage hydraulic doors, each 15’ 6” wide and 15’ tall and positioned at both ends of this feed storage structure.
So why these big and very sturdy hydraulic doors? General Manager Tom Revier simply said, “These doors provide containment for the grain without any loss of space, plus once we get enough grain out of either end of the structure, we can then drive in with our power scoops to load directly into our feeding wagons.”
Bunker walls are the usual solution to containment of grain in horizontal flat storage. But big bunkers take up space, and aren’t always easily moved.
Schweiss hydraulic doors to the rescue. Constructed with 3/4-inch steel welded into a framework of 8-inch beams, each door weighs 2500 lbs. Yes, it does take ‘oversize’ pistons to lift such a heavy door so Schweiss’s engineers sized both the pistons and hydraulic pumps larger. Schweiss doors were installed with the “New” Red Power hydraulic system!
To make certain there is zero leakage with several thousand pounds of shelling corn piled against the doors, four 6-inch long steel pegs drop into the concrete footing at the bottom edge plus two steel pegs on each edge lock into the steel I-beam framework of each door.
Each hydraulic door also has a 54″ wide x 44″ tall steel slider which lets the grain pour out for augering into the feeding trucks. Once enough grain has been emptied out the big hydraulic door can then be safely opened and a front-end loader goes to work.
Each feed storage hydraulic door also has a 54” wide x 44” tall steel slider which lets the grain pour out for augering into the feeding trucks. Once enough grain has been emptied out the big hydraulic door can then be safely opened and a front-end loader goes to work.
What generated this ‘first’ for a Schweiss hydraulic door? “We had a need,” explained Revier and his first call was to Schweiss Doors, only about 15 miles from Revier Cattle Company. “Both Mike and Dave Schweiss came out. They quickly saw a heavy-duty hydraulic door would work in this situation. They took measurements, designed both the I-beam frame to support the doors, plus the extra heavy steel and framework for the doors.
“I think many country elevators using flat storage could use this idea. No moving bunker walls and easy access once you open the doors. No grain loss, no storage loss. It’s perfect,” summed up Revier.
Introducing a new line of hydraulic doors
These Schweiss Hydraulic Doors are the first of a new line of doors built and designed specifically for grain / corn storage. Why use a regular bunker wall when a moving hydraulic door can do the same job and save you time and add security to your building.
With thousands of dollars worth of crops, grain or feed at stake these hydraulic doors are the perfect solution to keep your product safe and keep the weather out. To support the forces of grain against this door takes a supper strong design, the Schweiss design does just that. These doors are built using the best hydraulic system on the market, the “Red Power” System.