Blu-Jet Side-Dump Trailer


Thurston Mfg. Co. announced the release of the new Blu-Jet side-dump trailer. From hauling manure out of a feedlot to hauling dirt, silage, scrap or grain, the trailers are built to withstand the rigors of on-farm operation. The trailer features are intended to reduce total cost of ownership by decreasing maintenance and increasing durability while also maximizing efficiency and capacity.

The Blu-Jet side-dump trailer is available in three, four and five-axle configurations with a 37-foot FLX-500 Rounded Vee dump body. A Rounded Vee dump body design provides a low center of gravity for maximum stability and capacity, while assuring complete clean-out when dumping, even with sticky materials. The bottom of the dump body sits inside and below the top of the chassis frame rails. This allows for increased stability when hauling, as the weight of the load has a lower center of gravity. The bottom of the dump body sitting down inside the chassis frame rails also increases capacity while maintaining a low loading height.

Blu-Jet side-dump trailers come with dual-acting 6-inch cylinders on each end and six pivot points instead of four. Each cylinder offers 62,000 pounds of lift. No other side-dump trailer on the market offers this kind of lift capacity as standard equipment. The six pivot points better support the load while still allowing the dump body to twist and flex.

Flexibility is critical to a side dump cycle, particularly in agricultural applications, as loads are often dumped on uneven surfaces or not distributed evenly within the dump body. Through a process of meticulous design analysis, the in-house team of design engineers determined six pivot points are the ideal balance between durability and weight as they add strength and lengthen the operating life of the trailer. The pivot bushings are greaseless, to save the operator time on daily maintenance.

QuickLoad AirWeigh scales are standard equipment on these trailers. The scale converts air pressure in the air springs into accurate on-the-ground weight. Operators can therefore quickly determine the loaded weight and whether that weight is legal for on-road use. Tarp options include Shur-Co, RollRite and Aero tarps, along with a high-capacity kit option. The high-capacity kit increases the capacity potential from 26.1 cubic yards to 42.6 cubic yards and is advantageous for silage and manure hauling.

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