Burchland GSX Grain Shuttle vs. The Competition

vs. Belt Conveyors:

  • The Burchland GSX ‘s48 inch long hopper opening allows you to completely open the hopper door without having to move the truck. Compare that with an 18 to 24 inch wide belt.
     
  • The GSX has no splash guards to crank up or crank down when you are finished. There is no need to worry about damaging a GSX when driving away.
     
  • The GSX has a low 7 3/8 inch deck height with 60 inch long ramps which gives you a gentle slope to get up and over. Typical belt conveyors are 5 ½ to 7 ½ inches tall with only 24 to 30 inch long ramps. Conveyor drive-over dumps have a much steeper incline for your truck to climb over.
     
  • The GSX’s extended platform leaves room to safely step across the platform and turn the cranks for the truck’s trap doors without running into obstructions. With a conveyor style hopper you must step over the moving belt and splash guards or walk around the truck or auger.
     
  • The GSX auger style hopper is easier and less expensive to maintain than a belt conveyor.
     
  • Cost is another advantage of the GSX. You can save literally thousands of dollars with an auger hopper versus a belt.

48" long hopper opening on a GSX drive over hopper

Splash guards and narrow belt on a conveyor style drive over hopper

Extended platform on a GSX hopper.

The Burchland GSX drive over hopper.

vs. Drag Chain Conveyors:

  • The GSX has a low 7 3/8 inch deck height versus 9 to 10 inches on drag chain drive-over hoppers.
     
  • The GSX ‘s 48 inch long hopper opening allows you to completely open the hopper door without having to move the truck. Typical drag chain conveyors have a 32 inch long opening leaving you 16 inches less room to work with.
     
  • The GSX hopper is 39 ½ inches wide (between the truck tires). This leaves some extra room between the inside of the truck tires and the edge of the hopper and the rubber splash guards. Most competitive hoppers have a 48 inch wide hopper (between the truck tires). This makes it very difficult to keep from running over the rubber splash guard and the center dump every time you drive over.
     
  • The GSX-130 has more grain handling capacity than typical drag chain type drive-overs hoppers.
     
  • The GSX wheels stay attached when going from transport to operation modes. There is no need to remove wheels to drive over the hopper. This makes the GSX much faster to prepare for transport.
     
  • The curved neck of the drag chain discharge tube creates high wear areas as the tight chain rubs against the inside of the chute.
     
  • The GSX auger style hopper is simple and easy to maintain. There is no need to worry about drag chain tension, adjustment or alignment.

48" long hopper opening on a GSX drive over hopper.

Picture of the GSX wheels.

48" x 39 5/8" Hopper opening.

Sketch of the Burchland GSX drive over hopper.

vs. Other Auger Hoppers:

  • The GSX’s extended platform leaves room to safely step across the hopper while the truck is parked over it. This allows you to park with the trailer door cranks on the discharge side of the hopper. Parking this way, you can open the trap doors and keep an eye on your grain auger. The extended platform leaves plenty of room to turn the trailer cranks without hitting obstructions. Other auger hoppers do not leave room to step across with the truck parked over the hopper. You are forced to walk all the way around the truck or auger to reach the trap door crank. And then you may not be able to turn the crank a full revolution without hitting the hopper. Another alternative is to park the truck with the cranks on the other side but then you can’t see your auger. With the extended platform on the GSX drive over hopper you avoid these issues. The extended platform also leaves more room, just in case your trailer is not perfectly straight behind the truck when it goes over the hopper.
     
  • The GSX has an optional side dump hopper to dump gravity wagons.
     
  • The GSX has an optional hydraulic lift kit. For customers that don’t move the hopper on a daily basis, a jack is used to raise the machine. The standard lift jack saves money for customers that don’t need the hydraulic lift.
     
  • The GSX hydraulic lift is placed low and away from the platform. This leaves more clearance when your truck goes over and makes it easier and safer to step across the platform when necessary.
     
  • The center dump area of the GSX has a formed floor with ridges between the augers. The formed floor adds strength and allows for better grain clean-out.
     
  • The GSX has 5 foot long ramps and a 7 3/8 inch deck height. This creates a gentle slope for the truck to drive over. Competitive auger hoppers typically have 4 foot long ramps or shorter giving a steeper slope to climb over.
     
  • The GSX can be ordered with an extended platform to accommodate a tractor with duals and a gravity wagon. This is not available on any competitive hoppers.

Picture of the extended platform on GSX hopper.

Optional side dump hopper for gravity wagons.

sketch of formed ridges between augers.

Sketch of the Burchland GSX drive over hopper.