Amity Technology is well known across the world in sugarbeet-producing areas for its sugarbeet carts. While its carts are among the best in the industry, even in adverse conditions, there has been a common complaint among growers — the carts can be used only for sugarbeets.
“There has always been an ask for us to modify our sugarbeet carts to handle other crops," said Ben Sander, marketing manager for Amity Technology.
Most farms that grow sugarbeets devote a smaller percentage of acreage to them than to other crops in the rotation. Growers like the features of Amity's sugarbeet carts and have long wanted to be able to use that same cart to harvest other crops.
So Amity went to work creating a multipurpose cart.
Development for the project began after the wet harvest of 2019, when many growers faced challenges transporting their crops out of the field. Amity received requests for a modification to their sugarbeet cart that would keep trucks out of the field and help alleviate general transport issues when harvesting silage or grain.
"When we first looked at adapting the sugarbeet cart and it was about 90% there already,” Sander said. “But it wasn’t quite where it needed to be.”
From there, Amity and its partners went to work on creating a product lineup that is rather unique to the current market.
What engineers developed were two different options for the Crop Chaser dump carts.
Trucks can be kept on field headlands, which helps to prevent the trucks from dragging large amounts of mud onto roadways. One cartload equals one truckload in most cases.
The CC1000 single-tank model includes patented independent front and rear live wall chains for controlled unloading. It uses four hydraulic remotes for the tank lift cylinders and chains, giving operators maximum control over the dump rate. The CC2000 double-tank model has two separate tanks to split the load for natural control and stability when one tank is dumped at a time. Special load-holding valves provide added safety by preventing the load from moving in case of an unforeseen hydraulic issue.
“The double-tank model provides simplicity,” Sander added. “There are no extra movements other than the lift and dump. All you have to do is line up along the truck, lift and dump.
The track undercarriage, keeps it extremely stable, even under heavy loads. The two tanks split the load for control of dumping and give more flexibility for different trailer options,” he said.
An integrated scale is standard on the Crop Chaser dump carts to further improve harvest logistics by eliminating the need for trucks to run over a scale before dumping. Three sensors (one on each track and one on the hitch) provide a highly accurate weight measurement of each load.
This year’s production of the Crop Chaser line has been sold out, but a few carts will be available for demonstration. The 2022 production has full availability at this time. Sander also noted that the price for the carts hasn’t been set in stone just yet. However, it will be comparable to some of the larger grain carts with tracks on the market.