The potential uses for heavy duty hoses when it comes to agricultural and resource cultivation concerns are practically limitless. Agricultural hoses are important to so many facets of these industries because of its ability to move plentiful and/or heavy material from one location to another, while conserving labor and energy. The flex tube itself is a revolutionary development within the agricultural ducting market. Having a length (or series of lengths) of agriculture hoses that can bend and move in varying ways has a laundry list of advantage over more immoveable means of resource conveyance. From floor duct to gypsum transporters to fertilizer broadcasters, it is clear to see that potential agricultural hose implementations are only limited by the imagination of the consumer.
Farms and other resource cultivation areas exist for the sole purpose of generating and gathering the various products and material required for our modern day societal needs. According to www.agday.org, “Forty-one percent of U.S. total land area is farmland (938.28 million acres). In 1900, the average farm size was 147 acres, compared to 441 acres today.” For reference, one acre is almost the size of a standard 100-yard American football field. With such massive amounts of agricultural land present in the United States (let alone the world on the whole), heavy duty hoses and ducts are perhaps now more important than they have ever been.
A primary use of agriculture hoses are for the purposes of functioning as a collection duct. Grains, feed, and wheat (all commonplace products on almost any given farm or ranch) all require short-and long-term storage. This is where collection duct comes into play. Often made from rubber, polyurethane, or stainless steel, these kinds of agricultural hoses rely on either gravity or suction to absorb fallen grain and feed, and transport it to a suitable storage basin.
A second usage for agriculture hoses are as a means of conveyance for fertilizer. Broadcasters are machines designed to carry and disperse equal amounts of fertilizer, seed, and other products over a large area. As you can most likely imagine, these machines are invaluable time-savers for farms everywhere. They come in many different sizes and styling (as things manufactured by different companies often do), but all rely on ducting to aid in releasing the fertilizer or the seed in question. Hand-operated types of broadcasters might generally rely on only a small length of duct to help distribute; the flex tube uses gravity to drop fertilizer or feed from a storage basin onto the soil below.
When it comes to larger, more industrial-sized broadcasters, however, long lengths of commercial duct and agricultural hoses are used to “spray” the vicinity with large amounts of fertilizer or feed in a short amount of time. This is beneficial for the busy farmer who, oftentimes working by himself, needs to cover a large tract of land in a limited time period (while still also having many other things to do). Truly, these machines are a prospective time-saver’s dream.
It is also important to consider what type of material is best suited for your agricultural hose needs when determining what to purchase. Different materials have their own inherent benefits, and it is good to be knowledgeable about what you are getting yourself into before heading straight down to your local duct supplier. Furthermore, by knowing the ins and outs of the duct supply industry, you will be doing your part to keep your overall duct work cost low.
While the vast majority of professional duct suppliers are knowledgeable and just as invested in your success as you are, it is still good to know ahead of time what materials are right for you. As mentioned earlier, purchase ducting made of stainless steel, rubber, or polyurethane for your agriculture hose needs. Strong and resistant to abrasives, these materials will provide the durable, long-last agricultural hose product to meet all your needs. With all this newfound knowledge in mind, together, you and your local duct supply retailer will be well prepared to get you on the path to making sensible and smart flexible ducting choices.