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Ingenuity in the grain store The ventilation outlets set in a new floor.

In addition to its standard well-established grain-handling products, S&G Wooldridge has developed what it describes as an ingenious underfloor cooling or ventilation system for grain floors. It can be fitted flush into new concrete floors or retrofitted flush under existing concrete flooring using central or outside tunnels.

For retrofit, the system requires diamond cutting channels in existing concrete flooring, laying a pipe and using proprietary formers and galvanised grille-holding frames. The formers are removed after concreting, and proprietary grain-floor grille assemblies fitted to the grill frames. For existing concrete floors, the entire system can be installed using existing experienced farm labour

with care using a large-diameter motorised diamond-bladed cutting machine, available for hire at most tool-hire companies. Similarly, for new concrete flooring, the system can be fitted by existing labour, or any concreting subcontractor, says S&G Wooldridge. The number and spacing of the ventilation grille outlets can be varied to suit ventilation, cooling or drying requirements. The simplest installation is for ventilation/cooling and performs better than the standard upright pedestal fan units, the company says. Demonstration flooring, both new and retrofitted, can be viewed

by appointment in situ at S&G Wooldridge’s premises at Ardleigh near Colchester in Essex. The company’s existing grainhandling products include grain buckets, yard scrapers and grain pushers, including the popular grain pusher with integrated 1 inch rubber floor-cleaning scraper as standard. Bespoke lengths and extensions are available, as are carriers to fit any telehandler. The firm also operates an agricultural workshop for welding, fabricating and precision engineering to professional standards for anything from repair and modification of implements to the fabrication of complete portalframe structures. ■

Shop online for parts and sundries Agricultural machinery and parts specialist MDT is offering its customers the ability to sign up to its online service, a partnership with Kramp, which will see them benefit from access to more than 350,000 products. MDT managing director Mark

Donsworth (right) says: “Many farmers now require the convenience of ordering online and, with Kramp’s massive product range, we’re confident that there’s something for everyone.

“We offer 24/7 access to the web-shop with the ability to place orders with next-day delivery on thousands of items.” For those needing parts this harvest, the online service has a wealth of

products to suit, adds Mark. “Harvester parts and accessories such as oil, lubricants, fire extinguishers, PPE and masks are all available at fantastic prices and just one click away,” he says. To register for the service contact MDT by phone or email.

UK’s leading supplier of air conditioning components for the UK agricultural market AP A P AIR LTD.


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