30 November 2001

Self-assembly elevators lower the cost for buyers

Grain 2001 provided

visitors with an opportunity

to see all that was new in

the grain handling

machinery. Andy Collings

and Andy Moore report

AT a time when it would be fair to assume that serious investment in fixed equipment for grain drying and handling equipment would be at an all time low, many exhibitors at Grain 2001 would claim to be enjoying a reasonably buoyant period.

Perry of Oakley, for example, says its market share has improved significantly although, it concedes, the companys marketing agreement with Alvan Blanch has played an important role in this expansion.

Perry used the event to promote its new "flat-pack" self-assembly system for a range of elevators and conveyors. Not only does the equipment cost up to 15% less than factory-assembled versions, availability is said to be a matter of only days, at any time of the year.

"Apart from the obvious cost saving, we believe that a customer who suddenly discovers he requires a new elevator or conveyor at say, harvest time, would appreciate a system which provides a quick supply service," says company boss Nigel Perry. "The kit comes with full photographic instructions and is all pre-drilled."

Perry has also made some additions and improvements to its current range of dryers – 2m to 6m models with drying capacities from 8.5t to 63t/hour with the larger having a split column system to allow smaller batches of grain to be dried with out having to fill the entire dryer. &#42

Flat-pack elevators and conveyors are now available from Perry of Oakley.