Older farmers may remember when the first potato scoop was manufactured. It was painted red and was engineered by a company named after a Russian satellite. Like so many innovations, the inventor creates it, but it takes someone else to perfect it.
Double L's scoop models transcend the original and contemporary scoop designs of its competitors in virtually every way. The difference is in the details. Double L's scoops use the highest quality components to drive the machine. Every aspect has been refined to protect your product, extend the usable lifespan of the equipment, and provide a comfortable user experience to your operator.
Every time the operator repositions the scoop snout, there is a possibility of product damage when the snout comes in contact with the pile. Ideally, operators should need to move the snout as little as possible. With a longer snout, the operator drives deeper into the product pile and can unload the cellar at full capacity for minutes without repositioning the machine.
What's more impressive than having the industry's longest telescoping boom on a scoop? Answer: Having a telescoping boom that doesn't drop product at any point along the belt. Wouldn't it be nice if you could have both? With the 4500 Series Scoop, you can.
Few cellar floors are completely level. There are even fewer scoops that can adjust to the inconsistencies in the relief of the cellar floor. The snout on the Double L Scoop can pitch up or down to compensate for any dips and bumps in your cellar.
Wheel fenders do a great job nudging product out of the path of the drive wheels. As the operator uses Vari-Pitch to pitch the snout up or down, the hydraulic wheel fenders automatically adjust their position to remain level with the ground.
The left and right wheels on the snout are controlled by independent hydrostatic drive systems. That's a really technical way of saying that the operator can control each wheel independently, giving the scoop incredible manueverability. Its remarkable turning radius comes in handy in narrow storages.
Unloading a storage may take hours, so an operator's comfort for that span of time should be a consideration. The captain's chair has arm rests and good back support. Beyond its creature comforts, it also positions machine controls literally at your fingertips.
Everyone agrees that a job goes much faster and smoother when the right tool is used from the get-go. So why do operators still fuss with manual crank jacks on scoops? Hydraulic lifts on the rear axle simplify a job that should never have been overcomplicated to begin with.
LED Lighting has become popular recently – and with good reason. LED lights last longer and shine brighter than incandescent bulbs. They're perfect for work inside a cellar.
There is an adage among farmers: “Too much power is just right.” So Double L packed a lot of power into its scoop. All of that power makes the scoop a quick, agile machine.
There is a tradeoff to using hydraulic power. The conversion from electric to hydraulic power wastes 30 percent of the electrical input. Variable frequency drives on the snout and boom don't require that tradeoff. Instead, they utilize all of the electrical power they draw and give belt speed control to the operator.
The new frame style of the scoop trims out 500 lbs (226.8 kg) of unnecessary weight. The lighter construction makes the scoop more responsive to the operator's controls.
A machine that extends and contracts needs a sophisticated method for handling cables. Cable whips at the discharge end of the boom keep the electrical cord away from the boom belt and out of the path of the scoop.
Typical rubber belt has to be stretched to be kept tight. It periodically will rub against the sidewalls and need to be adjusted to track properly along its path. Eventually it will wear out. Belted chain will generally outlast rubber belt because it tracks better and doesn't need to be stretched.
Chrome alloy wear bar is welded to all of the high-wear surfaces on the scoop snout. It adds another level of protection to extend the usable lifespan of your equipment.
Double L prides itself on using the highest quality materials on all of its equipment. This starts with choosing the best steel to make your scoop last for seasons to come. Grade 50 high-strength, low-alloy steel adds structural strength without adding weight to the machine.
Stainless steel lining in the snout and boom protects your product and your equipment. Running product through any machine will rub paint off carbon steel and expose it to the elements. Stainless steel shields the scoop's carbon steel body and resists dirt build-up so your product will flow more smoothly.