By Nancy Trapolino
September 22, 2016
CAT Pump Units with 765 Horsepower. We know what you’re thinking, “765 horsepower to pump manure?”
Yes! And here’s why:
“Just get my pit empty,” says the animal producer.
“Please take care of my field,” says the farmer.
“How can I get this done faster?” says the manure applicator.
“Please do this safely, and don’t pollute our air and water,” says everyone.
Big agriculture requires big equipment. Liquid manure is the largest volume, largest amount of weight, and most volatile substance any farm manages. To handle it safely and effectively, it requires properly sized equipment, training and management.
Time is everything. With the right tools and technology, higher flows allow everyone involved to get what they want. Even our friendly neighbors who just like to buy milk and bacon at the grocery store.
Lessening the time required to do the job means we can be more choosy about when and how, rather than working through the worst weather and still not getting the job done.
We can handle the flow rates safely with our Guardian and LightSpeed systems, and precisely map the nutrient placement in the field.
So, we continue to push the capabilities of system flow rates.
CAT’s 765 horsepower brings the extra power to operate larger Cornell pumps.
It’s a triple win.
1- Larger pumps are more energy efficient.
2 – More flow through a system lowers fuel consumption per gallon of manure transferred.
3- Less hours of operation lowers fuel consumption again, engine hours, and man hours.
Wait, that’s 5 wins!
Last year we introduced the TTR20 – an excellent way to carry more lengths of 8 inch and 10 inch mainline. (For less resistance)
Last year we also introduced Lead Pumps that flow over 3,000 gallons per minute. (For more flow)
We are prototyping drags with the goal of consistent flow over 3,500 gallons per minute.
When will we see 250,000 gallons per hour consistently? Will the tractor pull that much weight?
Oh, and don’t forget, all our engines are Tier 3 and will go to Tier 4 at the end of next year. (NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO BUY – Tier 4 brings a big price increase and additional maintenance costs)
However, Tier 4 engines above 750HP have different emissions standards, and currently are not requiring DEF or DOC to meet the emissions regulations. (Less maintenance costs)
As manure applicators, we know that our engines are only running about 100-120 days of the year, under various loads. Those are variables that currently make the Tier 3 look much more favorable than Tier 4 Engines. (BUT RULES ARE RULES, and the government will disallow the sale or manufacture of equipment with new Tier 3 engines in 2018. It’s a good time to look at your 3-5 year plan.)
We are proud of the way dragline systems, and direct incorporation of manure has improved air quality and water quality. As we continue to do better, we will also continue to exceed regulations and find higher efficiencies and better handling practices in our support of animal agriculture.
….manure applicators may save the world…..