How to properlay load a grain hopper?

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  1. markk

    markk Light Load Member

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    Okay I always had a hard time loading my hoppers. Axle over weight.
    I'm going back into it. So I am just wondering how you guys load yours.
    I usually just dumped wheat right in the middle. Then bumped it. Dumped it. Reloaded ..... Till it was right.
    No scales on the things that worked.
    Sometimes I would load closer to back and let it flow forward.
    Do you dump in 2 piles or just 1?
     
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  3. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

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    Depends on what size trailer you have on how many piles.
    Should be one pile of wheat, I’ve got 41’78x102, I’ll go about 10 ft from front of trailer and 10’ in front of trailer and put it there same spot every time.
    Mine has 2 row of 5 lights, it’s right in between the 2nd and the black tarp stop on the side of trailer, back hopper is between the 4th light and the black tarp stop.
    66 side trailer may be to the tarp bow, where a 72 may be around a foot below, the 78 side trailer is about 4 ft from the bottom of bow.

    Or get a gauge that works rightweigh had some fluid gauges that did good

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  4. Catmando

    Catmando Light Load Member

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    Theres alot of variables in your question .. Trailer size..& height... empty weight.. test weight of commodity your loading things like that
    But.. heres what I do with a 45' × 102 with 66" sides.. Wilson trailer
    Beans.....5 piles
    Dry corn ..3 big piles
    Wet corn ... fil it full
    Oats......fill it full & wish I had a bigger trailer
    Wheat .....3 piles
     
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  5. Magoo1968

    Magoo1968 Light Load Member

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    It’s been 25 years but I would load front hopper to a set air pressure on axle load gauge let’s say 50 then I’d load back hopper till drive axles are 60 psi (34,000) lbs . It was pretty close every time. You just need to know your numbers. Next time you have a legal load note air pressure on drives then dump back hopper first note pressure on drives again that’s what you load front hopper too in the future.
     
  6. Muddydog79

    Muddydog79 Heavy Load Member

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    Wheat= 60lbs per bushel
    Soy beans= 60lbs /bu
    milo=56lbs /bu
    Corn= 56lbs /bu
    Rough rice= 45 lbs/bu
    You probly already know this, but posted just incase.
     
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  7. Muddydog79

    Muddydog79 Heavy Load Member

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    Wheat, beans, milo, corn, 1 pile both hoppers. Just behind the 2nd bow from front, and just in front of 2nd bow from back. Rice, 2 piles front and back spaced evenly. Timpte, 40x78x96. Ive never been overweight on my axles, 28K to 28.5 empty truck and trailer.
     
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    jamespmack Road Train Member

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    To the bows, front to back. Lol.

    Seriously though, if you have or can install some air gauges it will save you a lot of headache. If you’re on fairly level ground you can almost get spot on.

    I pull a triple axle trailer, I load with the back trailer axle in the air because you’re usually maneuvering around in tighter areas. I’ll run the truck gauge up to 45psi and then run the trailer gauge up to 90psi. Once I lower the back trailer axle my axles are pretty much spot on and I’m right at 90k gross.

    For wheat I’ll go one pile in the front and two in the back. Beans I need 3 piles in the back.
     
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    jamespmack Road Train Member

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    2017 Wilson on spring ride, I dont get paid per trip. FULL is only option. I do have a Air Weighs on my flat bed.

    I could have put alittle more on.
     
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    What I used to do is start in front between first and second bow, pull up to the next bow when it started piling up run the truck gauge to 50. If no truck gauge then run the trailer up to 20. Then pull all way up to between the last 2 bows and let it pile then back up to the next to 70 on trailer or 60 on the truck. Had me dead on at 80 with legal axles. Seems like I had 1 timpte that was 60 when loaded, main thing is learn your trailer and load the slopes.

    if we were pulling corn or beans off the farm whether out of the bins or straight from the combine all bets were off. I loaded to full.
    78x96x42 we had a perty good jag on.
     
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