It seems like farming machinery gets bigger every year. That’s why it’s essential to future-proof your agricultural buildings in order to accommodate the next generation of farming equipment. Whether you’re building a new structure or retrofitting an older building, installing larger, more durable doors helps your farming operations become more productive.
Not all one-piece farming doors are created equally — some are built to last while others will only survive a few harvests before breaking down. At Schweiss Doors, we pride ourselves on designing every component of a door from the ground up and customizing it to meet your needs. This process ensures impressive durability for your agricultural building plans. Here are some of the factors that open the door to decades of functionality.
Hydraulic cylinders serve as the biceps of a one-piece door. As with a person lifting weights in a gym, proper form makes a huge difference when raising and lowering heavy doors. When the cylinder bends under strain, it is more likely to fail with repeated use. Sturdiness in an agricultural door goes hand-in-hand with longevity.
A high-quality cylinder utilizes spherical bearings to reduce the strain on the pins in a hydraulic cylinder. When you’re dealing with a big door, you’re going to encounter some doorframe flexing as the wind blows against the surface. Throughout an agricultural door’s full range of motion, spherical bearings on both ends of the cylinders even out pressure on the equipment, giving it extra durability.
More Capable Motors
If the cylinders are the muscles of a hydraulic door, the motor is the energy that powers them. The most effective motors are heavy-duty machines that feature backup protection for unpredictable events. The motors that power hydraulic doors must prevent thermal expansion within cylinders to avoid a breakdown. The motor must also automatically drain oil back into the tank, allowing you to change the filter without any spillage. Easy-to-read gauges, zero exposed plumbing lines, and the ability to place the hydraulic motor anywhere you’d like are features to look for when choosing a motor for your door.
With so many factors to consider, it might seem impossible to find a motor that checks all the right boxes. Luckily, motors such as the Red Power Hydraulic Pump offered by Schweiss Doors are capable of lifting even the largest doors for years. Reliability is baked right into each motor, with a design that incorporates redundant backups that keep your door moving in the event of a power outage or malfunction.
The electrical box is the unsung hero of an agricultural door. It serves as the control center for the entire system, so you’re going to want top-of-the-line components to ensure it never fails. More importantly, the electrical box should exist as a standalone component, separate from the motor. This setup ensures that the unit is easy to access whenever necessary. Above all, a door’s electrical box should reliably open and close an agricultural door without requiring an electrician for repairs on a monthly basis.
When it comes to electrical boxes, utilizing tried and true components is your best bet for increasing durability. At Schweiss doors, we only use high-end, easy-to-find parts for our electrical boxes. This approach allows customers to rest easier knowing their electrical box is unlikely to act unpredictably. On the off chance that something goes wrong, the parts they need to replace are easy to source, eliminating downtime.
Before you purchase your next large agricultural vehicle, give your building the right door for easy access on a daily basis. Want to learn more about agricultural building plans before your next big build? Contact our experts to get all the information you need on doors that help you do more farming with better equipment.