When planting and harvest seasons roll around, equipment has to be in tip-top shape. But breakdowns are an inevitable part of farming, especially if the equipment is older.
Add to that the fact that many farmers are traveling farther and farther from their shops where the tools necessary to fix equipment are located. Hauling equipment back to the shop for repairs becomes inefficient very fast.
To keep downtime to a minimum, farmers are putting their shops on wheels to get machines up and running as quickly as possible.
Mobile shop upgrade
In the past, pickups that carried various tools served as an in-field repair shop of sorts. Today, those pickups have been traded in for trailers that resemble a miniature version of a full-blown shop.
Along with the transition has come a multitude of features that farmers are adding on in order to keep equipment moving during those critical times.
Offering service trucks with myriad options is a Pella, Iowa, company called Thunder Creek Equipment.
Its latest introduction, the ADT750SS, is a 750-gallon fuel trailer with plenty of space for tools and equipment. The trailer includes a large rear utility box (36.5 cubic feet) and dual front tool compartments mounted directly behind the front toolbox.
To maximize productivity, this trailer can be equipped with a variety of options:
● A six-drawer tool chest mounted in the driver's side cabinet.
● A 3,500-watt generator and 175 psi air compressor mounted in the rear utility box to produce electricity or operate air tools in the field.
● A 100-gallon diesel exhaust fluid delivery system for Tier 4 engines.
● A commercial-grade 40-gpm gas-powered pump capable of fueling large machinery in a matter of minutes.
● Dual 30-gallon oil tanks for engine and hydraulic oil.
● 50- or 100-foot air hose on a spring-loaded, auto-retracting hose reel.
At Thunder Creek Equipment, the goal is simple: build trailers with productivity in mind. A few of the features that help achieve that are double-seam welded tanks, torsion axles, and 10-ply tires, which make them rugged enough to travel to the most remote fields.
The company also incorporates baffled fuel tanks, electric brakes, and a breakaway safety system to make traveling at highway speeds safe.
“We have a no-compromise approach to quality,” says Loren Van Wyk, owner and president of Thunder Creek Equipment. “We expect each trailer to help keep operators on the move and to last through years of use.”
Base price starts at $14,900 and goes up from there depending on options.
Thunder Creek Equipment