Kinze Manufacturing is delving a bit into the past for inspiration to add to its family of dual-auger grain carts for the 2022 harvest season — while other models in the series are getting enhancements and a sleek makeover. All of these were showcased at the 2021 Farm Progress Show.
New for the 2022 season will be the dual auger Harvest Commander 1121 model that can hold 1,100 bushels, which Kinze says is the most desired capacity size among farmers. The new cart is actually a throwback to Kinze’s 1050 model, discontinued in 2012, that offered 1,000 bushels of capacity and was highly popular because of its sturdy design, ease of use, and dependability.
The key features of the new 1121 include optional long-life Camso tracks, an on-demand horizontal auger drive, and dump door cleanout for easy and quick crop changeover. It also incorporates directional tip control and a low profile with short sides for operating on rolling terrain.
Other new features of the 1121 — including improved cleanout, auger spout grain control, and upgraded lighting — have also been incorporated into Kinze’s existing lineup of dual auger carts. Those auger carts have been given new model numbers: the 1321, 1421, 1521 and 1721. The first two digits represent hundreds of bushels, the third digit indicates single or dual auger, and the final number is the model generation.
Justin Render, Kinze product specialist, said the 1121 model addresses many of the grain cart challenges now facing the industry. Cart operation can be complex and confusing, track systems are costly to maintain and hard to adjust, and there is no cost-effective, durable dual auger solution currently available.
“The 1121 modes offers a clean and very efficient design,” Render said.
Beginning in 2022, all Kinze single and dual auger carts will carry the Harvest Commander name, as did the former 1050 model. They will also feature a new look, maintaining the classic Kinze blue color but with enhanced graphics, repositioning the Kinze name, and adding to the back of the carts the iconic Kinze Man character that was introduced in the company’s early years.
The timing for the new look and upgrades coincide with this year’s 50th anniversary of Kinze’s first grain cart. Company founder Jon Kinzenbaw pioneered the grain cart concept in 1971 — his 400 Grain Cart was the first major innovation of the Williamsburg, Iowa-based company, allowing farmers to transfer huge volumes of grain from their loaded combines to standing trucks, which was a major timesaver during the harvest rush.