THE BIGGER THE BETTER?
The time has come. The word is out. We've officially released the latest Titan Series enhancement.QUICK BACK STORY:
In 2015, the first of its kind, front-folding liquid manure injection toolbar was released to the market - you guessed it, the Titan Series Toolbar. With its ability to make full turns in the ground and the seemingly undisturbed condition it leaves the field in when the job is done, Titan has earned a best-in-class status and has continued to build on that promise over the years...This seems like the perfect time to name-drop the recognizably larger, Titan 2. The High Performance Package for the toolbar series took it up a notch the Summer of 2018, Titan 2 is here to take it to another level.
We know you're curious, so we’ve put together a comparison of Titan 1 and Titan 2.
A major concern across the industry as a whole, is the amount of soil compaction caused by the nature of the job. This is one major factor that's taken into account when considering making the switch from a tank to drag line manure application, but that's a song for another time.
As we've already mentioned, Titan 2 is larger by design and has been reinforced with more steel, naturally making it heavier than its predecessor. To continue to combat compaction and protect the condition of the field shortly after a rain or snowfall, Titan 2 has been equipped with 700 series center section flotation tires and 550 series wing gauge wheel flotation tires.
To put the extreme mass of these tires into perspective, the original Titan Series comes standard with 550 series center section flotation tires and 35WR165 wing gauge wheels, with the ability to be upgraded to flotation tires via the High Performance Package. Simply put, the original center section tires have been assigned Titan 2, wing gauge wheel duty.
Let's Pause for a Performance Report: A custom applicator out of the Midwest that had the opportunity to run one of the first Titan 2 Toolbars reported, “The units easily go into even the hardest ground with enough flotation to offset the weight in wet conditions.”
Again, building on the already prominent and effective flotation Titan 1 provides.
Chad Lucas | Nutrient Management Partners, Morgantown, IN - October 2019
TOWER POSITION & BUMBLEBEE HOSE
The obvious goal of manure injection is to get the manure in the ground, right? There are countless benefits of practicing manure injection application over the quicker, often times more convenient broadcasting method. However, going back to the obvious, why should the end rows be an exception? It’s overly common to see liquid manure on a field’s surface (even when manure injection is being implemented), especially where applicators turn-around at the end of a field. Our Engineering Team was able to address and answer this question and observation with the introduction of the first Titan Series Toolbar, in conjunction with Phantom injection units. This is a notable advantage of Titan 1 that Titan 2 continues to deliver on.
The position of the toolbar tower has been moved further forward, more closely aligning with the tires. Re-positioning the tower has resulted in less resistance when the applicator turns around at the end of the field, which allows the units to stay in the ground around turns, while continuing to inject manure into that ideal 4”-6” below grade depth.
The new tower design has also permitted our smartest hose routing to date, minimizing sand build-up and clogging that could otherwise occur. Now that we’ve clearly established Titan 2 is larger than Titan 1, we're here to inform you this reality does not end at drop tube hose circumference. 2.5" bumblebee hose comes standard on Titan 1 with the ability to be upgraded to 3”, again, as part of the High Performance Package. 3" is the new bumblebee drop tube hose standard on Titan 2, as it accommodates its larger 8" plumbing and Flux Manifold that also come standard on the toolbar.
Speaking of manifolds, it’s inevitable. If you’re in the manure injection biz, you know manifolds plug. Whether its natural “trash” from rubber livestock bedding and hoof blocks, or literal man-made trash that finds its way through the slats and into the manure pit, over a course of time, trash of all sorts will build up and cause the manifold to clog.
Cue the Flux Manifold anti-clog technology. This manifold has been re-designed with a deep “V” style bowl, to allow for trash to easily exit the manifold. The Flux has 3 cutter blades to prevent manifold plugging, as well as, port blockers to keep even pressure and distribution through the manifold. This feature, as you may have guessed, is a High Performance Package upgrade on Titan 1 that has been made standard on Titan 2. This is partially due to its wide acceptance and grade A performance since its release, as well as, the 8" plumbing requirement that comes with the Flux.
In the event the unavoidable happens, we’ve provided a solution that helps the operator quickly identify and easily access the manifold to clear it of obstructions. Please help us in welcoming the NEW manifold lift assist handle and manifold blockage indicator light features of Titan 2. The manifold lift assist handle does just that, it assists the operator in easily removing the lid from the manifold for a convenient clean-out. It’s simple. Loosen 4 T-handle nuts, pop the top using the lift assist handle, and you'll be up and running again in no time. Be alerted when the manifold needs attention via the indicator light located on the front of the toolbar tower, easily visible from the tractor cab.
NEW, manifold block indicator light [Single light directly below BF cut-out]
Just like every decision we make in life, we’ve got options. In this instance, some see larger toolbar widths as a major opportunity to increase efficiency, while others see it as an unnecessary enhancement to their current operation. Whichever side of the fence you find yourself, we can accommodate your specific toolbar needs with the Titan Series.
Titan 1 comes in widths from 36’ to 50’, providing shorter work and travel width options for those who don’t have the pleasure of working in large, wide open spaces. Whereas the shortest width offering for Titan 2 is 39’, with the ability to reach 60’. Each Titan model has spacing options of 16” to 30”, giving operators the ability to hit 2,500 - 20,000+ GPA. [Please note, not all spacing options are available on all widths. Our manifold currently maxes out at 34, 3" Phantom injection units. We highly recommend speaking with one of our equipment specialists for all toolbar requests.]
There are countless factors that go into which size toolbar is right for your operation. (Gallon per acre & gallon per year goals, liquid manure type, common ground type applied on, etc.) What it boils down to, is creating an accurate width and spacing combination that will allow you to meet and exceed your specific business goals.
So, now that you've got a high-level overview of the differences between Titan 1 and Titan 2, is bigger better? We will let you make that call.