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Seed System Preventative Maintenance #3: Call Us in a Crunch

Well, summer is over and we are in the middle of harvest season. We hope that you were able to get any seed system maintenance you needed taken care of and it’s all smooth sailing from here on out. However, we know that, despite all the best efforts and intentions, sometimes things just go wrong. To help out, here is our third and final round of FS Construction Service’s preventative maintenance articles for your seed treatment system.

While technology is amazing, and seed treatment has become an art of repeatable, computational precision, there are always going to be things that are simply out of our hands. We’ve been in the game long enough to know we have to respect, and be prepared for, the unpredictable. So we’ve come up with a few ways that we can be as ready as possible should a problem with your seed treater arise.

  1. We keep ourselves well stocked with a vast number of different parts. Sometimes the smallest thing can cause the biggest problems, so we keep a lot of seed system replacement parts on hand in case of an emergency.
  2. We have a dedicated USC technician on staff. He knows this equipment inside and out and is quick to not only diagnose a problem but pinpoint its solution as well.
  3. We focus on service. We make it a point to get to our customers as quickly as possible, so they can be up and running as soon as possible.

All of these things came into play recently when a pump board when out on a seed treater in Kentucky. The cause: not a faulty part or bad operation, but a power surge thanks to a lightning strike. To ensure our client could get back to work quickly, our service technician met him halfway with the needed replacement, so he could get his system running again within the day.

We’ve been doing this long enough to know that it always pays to be prepared. Whether you’re getting your system checked and cleaned before harvest, or you find yourself in a sudden bind, we are there for you. We hope this series on preventative maintenance has been helpful, and as always, if you have any questions about our seed system services, please feel free to reach out to Gateway FS Construction Services. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Preventative Maintenance #3: General Grain System Maintenance

Here we are, at the third and final installment of our FS Construction Service’s preventative maintenance articles. That also means that summer is long gone, and we are now all the way in on harvest season. While we have previously discussed grain drying, storage bin, and bucket elevator maintenance, we are going to finish by going over some general preventative maintenance points.

First off, at FS Construction Services our goal is always to help our customers. When it to comes grain systems, there are lots of things that can go wrong or prevent your system from working the way it should. We always suggest, in the event of improperly working or broken equipment, that you give us a call first. There are certain problems and instances where we are able to guide our customers over the phone to help them fix the issue themselves, which saves them both time and money. While we are happy to replace parts and/or equipment, we are happiest with satisfied customers.

We have professionals on staff who deal with both mechanical and electrical issues when it comes to grain systems maintenance and support. Regardless of your issue, our goal is to keep any down time to a minimum. For instance, here are a few scenarios we’ve recently encountered.

  1. We conduct maintenance on a number of stirring machines made as far back as the 1960s which are still in use, but, unsurprisingly, they’re a little different from the modern machines. However, we are able to both fix and/or retrofit these old machines to get them working like new.
  2. Another issue we deal with is covering or overfilling the stirrer with grain. It’s tempting, we know, to try and get as much done in one go as possible, but it can cause some major headaches down the road.

So whether you’ve run into one of the issues above, or have had an entirely different set of problems with your grain system, please feel free to reach out to Gateway FS Construction Services. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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USC Seed Systems Preventative Maintenance Blog: 2 of 3: Increase Accuracy and Save Money

Welcome to the second round of FS Construction Service’s seed system preventative maintenance articles. Like we said before, a little maintenance can go a long way when it comes to keeping your seed treatment systems effective and operational, and our goal is to give you the information you need to keep your equipment in the best shape. What follows is a description of the service you receive when an FS service professional comes out to take your seed system through the preventative maintenance process.

One of the wonderful things about seed treatment systems is their precision. Knowing that you can program and produce an identical dressing for seed year after year that can be applied consistently and evenly each time brings with it some serious peace of mind. However, none of that happens by accident. Thanks to the advancement in seed system technology and automation, the margin for error has decreased significantly. Obviously, automatic systems sound wonderful, but it’s also no surprise that we have found there are a number of manual seed systems still out there.

Brand-new equipment is expensive, we get that. That’s why our Seed Treating Solutions experts retrofit older treaters with automation upgrades. Our team can perform recommended maintenance and upgrades on any USC treater to turn previously manual processes to automatic processes. Most commonly what this means is that we will add a seed wheel system to keep you at your desired rate of flow and level of seed treatment. However, there are other simple ways to upgrade additional processes that are not only low cost, but can increase the accuracy of your system’s chemical delivery by 99.95%.

So, if you’re still using a manual seed system and aren’t yet ready for a whole system upgrade, let FS Construction Services know. We can inspect your equipment and determine ways we can make your job easier and your product more consistent.

To schedule maintenance, or get answers about maintaining or upgrading your seed system, reach out to Gateway FS Construction Services. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Project Profile: Delivering a High Quality Solution for Grain Storage

At FS Construction Services, we get the chance to work on all kinds of projects. We believe that no job is unimportant, no matter the size. But we’ve got to say, sometimes it’s just really fun to be able to go all in and provide a client with the whole works. This was the case earlier this year when we got to build an entire grain system, complete with drying, handling, and storage equipment.

Nathan Koester and his team of Grain Systems professionals had the opportunity to make one farmer very happy when they built a 30’ diameter Sukup 6-ring grain bin, a 16’ long grain dryer, and 6” and 8” double runs. The grain bin, which has an eave height of 22’ and a capacity of 14,700 bushels, also features stairs wrapping around the bin and a catwalk for convenient and safe passage to the drying system. Speaking of which, the T16 continuous-flow dryer can dry an impressive number of bushels per hour, and comes equipped with the QuadraTouch Pro control system, which is easy to use and negates the need for constant monitoring. Finally, we installed an 8” double run which can fill the dryer at 4,000bph and a 6” double run which can unload the dryer at 2,000bph.

While a project like this has a lot of big, moving pieces, proper planning and working closely with the customer made it a success. Our ability to provide the necessary concrete and electrical work expedited the process, and our client was able to begin drying wheat immediately after we finished construction.

Whether you’re in need of an entirely new grain or seed system, schedule routine maintenance or you find yourself just needing some upgrades here and there, please feel free to let Gateway FS Construction Services know. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Preventative Maintenance #2: Six Key Bucket Elevator Problem Areas

Welcome to the second round of FS Construction Service’s preventative maintenance articles. Our team of experts cannot stress enough how, a little maintenance can go a long way when it comes to keeping your systems effective and operational, and our goal is to give you the information you need to keep your equipment performing as expected. What follows is a description of the service you receive when an FS Grain Systems professional comes out to take your system through our multi point preventative maintenance process.

When it comes to grain systems, you need every piece and part working and moving effectively. The sheer volume of material any grain system must move or hold is staggering, and there’s simply no way to recreate those operations without properly working equipment. There are few ways this is more apparent than with bucket elevators. Making sure your bucket elevators are well maintained in the offseason is a great way to prevent future headaches and costly holdups.

Whether this is a task you want to take on yourself, or you want an idea of what our Grain Systems experts will be looking for when they inspect your grain system, the following list of preventative bucket elevator maintenance may sound simple, but the benefits are far reaching. In general, the most important things to check for are:

  1. Belt tension, alignment and tracking
  2. Loose or missing buckets
  3. Worn or improperly working distributor
  4. Loose or sagging trussing on downspouts
  5. Stable placement and footing
  6. And, unpleasantly, animals stuck inside the machinery (we previously had a farmer report raccoon damage, so you never know).

Has it been a few years since your system has been checked? Scheduling a safety review would be a smart call. Our team is ready to come to your site and work through our checklist of bucket elevator maintenance to ensure your season has fewer hiccups (and raccoons). This season spend less time fixing problems and more time getting work done.

If your goal is to have a worry-free harvest reach out to the service professionals at Gateway FS Construction Services and ask about our preventative maintenance services. Or you can always give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Preventative Maintenance #1: Seed Systems

Seed systems and treaters are amazing pieces of machinery. Modern technology has allowed for more precision and consistency in seed treatment, assuring not just an even application, but the ability to treat seeds exactly the same way year after year. This kind of reliability brings considerable peace of mind, but it doesn’t happen accidentally. Some of the most important work you can put in on your seed treatment system happens before you ever need to turn it on.

Tapping the knowledge of our agricultural equipment experts, FS Construction Services is going to release a series of preventative maintenance articles covering both seed and grain systems. Says Justen Kempfer, our Seed Treating Systems expert, “A little maintenance can go a long way when it comes to keeping your systems effective and operational, and our goal is to give you the information you need to keep your equipment in the best shape.” What follows is a description of the service you receive when an FS professional comes out to take your system through the preventative maintenance process whether you use USC, Meridan or any other of our partner manufacturers.

When it comes to seed systems, there are two types of preventative maintenance: standard and bin site.

When we come out to perform our standard maintenance service, we will check your system’s inlet, outlet, treater, belts, bearings, and inspect the equipment for any other possible issues. Standard maintenance covers things like: tightening the motor coupler, cleaning the atomizer chamber, checking the ball valves on the mix tank, inspecting the pump motor, and checking timers and relays.

A bin site inspection is a full-systems check from top to bottom and takes about six hours to perform.

For either of these types of maintenance, we recommend you schedule between late fall to late winter. If you are interested in having an FS professional come out to your site to perform a maintenance check, please allow a four-week lead time. Scheduling as far in advance as possible will give us the best chance to find the time that fits most conveniently into your schedule.

If you would like to schedule maintenance, or have any questions about our seed system services, please feel free to reach out to Gateway FS Construction Services. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Project Profile: New Roof in Time for Winter

At FS Construction Services, we know that no one ever really wants to get their roof replaced. It’s a big job, and it can be hard to know where to start, who to hire, and what kind of roof to buy. And while we can’t snap our fingers and make a new roof appear, we like to think that we’re the next best thing.

Late last fall, we had a client in that exact position, in need of a new roof before the cold winter months set in. We worked with our client to determine the best possible roof for his home, and our team got to work tearing out the old shingles and replacing them with a brand-new Fabral metal roof. These roofs are incredibly durable and can even have a lifespan of up to 70 years. For this particular job, we installed a Horizon S series roof. This standing-seam, concealed-fastener roofing system is made of 26-gauge high-strength steel. It also features a Class A fire resistance rating, a Class 4 hail impact rating, and a Class 90 uplift test rating. With eight colors to choose from, our client was able to find the right fit for his home, providing a fresh look to go along with the unmatched longevity and durability of his new roof.

When it comes to roofing, we believe it needs to be done right, and it needs to be done right the first time. The many decades of lasting protection and the peace of mind it brings is well worth the investment.

If you are interested in a metal roof for your residential, commercial, or agricultural building, you can let Gateway FS Construction Services know. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Preventative Maintenance #1: Grain Systems

Grain storage, handling, and aeration are on the list of things that are easier said than done. While on the surface, having a big container to store grain sounds simple, the sheer number of small details that go into doing it well is impressive. Ruined seed or even grain bin accidents are often the result of one of these small details not being attended to along the way. At FS Construction Services, we understand how stressful it can be to try and keep every little part of your grain system in check, which is why we are releasing a series of preventative maintenance articles covering both seed and grain systems.

Like we said in our seed systems article, a little maintenance can go a long way when it comes to keeping your systems effective and operational, and our goal is to give you the information you need to keep your equipment in the best shape. What follows is a description of the service you receive when an FS professional comes out to take your system through the preventative maintenance process for all our grain systems partners, including Sukup, GSI and Hutchinson.

The major component of our grain system maintenance comes through the means of a visual inspection. Our FS professional will examine the entire grain bin site and look for things like: rodent damage, a clear burner gun or exit area, rust or corrosion, loose bolts, old grain that needs to be cleaned out, and more. Additionally, we will run circuit tests, test all fans and heaters, and check augers for wear or clogging.

“Our goal is to help each and every one of our clients have as worry-free of a growing season and harvest as possible,” says Jarret Herzog, Service Manager. “Often we find that the number one issue is a broken fan or heater, which can severely impact the quality of the crop, so we make it a priority to get to these customers as soon as possible after the problem is discovered.”

As the summer months move quickly on, please feel free to reach out to Gateway FS Construction Services if you are interested in our preventative maintenance services. Or you can always give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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5 Common Paint Problems and Their Quick Fixes

Summer is a great time to finally get around to all the paint projects that have been building up over the year. With this in mind, our paint expert, Brian “Boomer” Garleb has come up with his top five problems that most paint projects will run into at some point and how to fix them.

  1. Fish eyes: Fish eyes occur when paint has been applied over oil, dirt, silicone, or incompatible coatings. Luckily, fish eyes are an easy fix. First, you’ll need to remove the grease or oil stain with a cleaning solution. Usually bleach, paint thinner, or trisodium phosphate (TSP) will work. After the area has been cleaned, the area can be sanded down.
  2. Cratering/Pitting: Another common problem is cratering or pitting. This occurs when air pockets get trapped inside wet film. The solution, however, is easy enough, and just involves sanding or smoothing out the existing finish and applying another coat over the sanded area.
  3. Uneven gloss: Uneven gloss is when film thickness is not equal, when there’s moisture in the coating, or when a topcoat is applied over wet primer. Solving this problem simply means allowing more drying time.
  4. Fading paint: Moisture trapped behind paint is more likely to cause paint to fade. Purchasing paint already colored for factory, which has a powder tint rather than a liquid tint, is an easy way to fix this common problem.
  5. Paint wrinkling: This happens when too much paint is applied. To fix it, remove the bad paint and recoat the affected area.

So there you have it, five common problems and five simple solutions. If you ever have a paint project or other service projects you don’t feel up to tackling, you can let Gateway FS Construction Services know. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Project Profile: Uniquely Outfitted with an LPV Seed Treater

FS Construction Services has been a construction, equipment, and service leader for over 40 years. Over that time we have learned a lot, and we see it as a part of our job to share that knowledge whenever we can. We have always been a community-first company, and even as we’ve grown over the years, we always work to make sure that never changes.

This past February, a client of ours wanted to upgrade their old seed equipment to a brand-new USC LPV treater, a direct-inject pump stand, and a USC U-Batch treater to over treat corn. The LPV treater features an innovative, large, tilting drum which encourages a high seed-flow rate and a longer dry time. The new U-Batch treater allows our client to over treat corn with biologicals, nemacides, and inoculants, as well as the ability to evenly coat treated seed with any dry material they wish.

We wanted to make sure our client felt comfortable working with all this new equipment, so Justen Kempfer, our Seed Treating Solutions specialist, not only oversaw installation, but provided extensive user training and support, ensuring our client wasted no time in getting the most out of their new treater.

However, there was one more opportunity we had to help our client out. One of the benefits of being in the business so long, is that we know a lot of people, so we were able to work with another industry specialist to facilitate the sale of our client’s old equipment to another seed dealership, which was a win-win them and us.

If you are interested in seed treating equipment, from portable to commercial options, you can let Gateway FS Construction Services know. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.