A specially painted Ford-blue manure wagon with a snake boom in a staggering 12 meters wide. - No more than a single section on our hose booms today, says service manager Flemming Tind, Samson Agrolize. This is how it looked when it was new and was delivered to a Northwest Jutland machine station in 1993.
Service manager Flemming Tind at Samson Agrolize has a hot phone number when he is at the center of the questions users need answered, when hundreds of SAMSON manure trucks wake up from winter hibernation and the manure season breaks loose.
- There is a lot that can be done on the phone, but otherwise we will make sure to send a fitter out to help so that it all works, he says from his warm chair at Samson Agrolize in Viborg.
Flemming Tind also has a warm heart, and it beat a few extra beats when this spring a second-hand mud cleaner came into the square in Viborg.
- I know that wagon, I helped assemble it as a young agricultural mechanic in 1993.
The mud cleaner in question was the largest and best that Maskinfabrikken SAMSON could deliver in 1993. At that time, production took place at the factory in Tange, where the approximately 50 employees produced virtually every single component of the then newest model of a mud cleaner.
- I remember it in particular because it was sold to a machine station in North-West Jutland, where they drove Ford tractors. For the same reason, the wagon had to be painted in the special Ford blue color to match the engine station's tractors. The wagons from SAMSON were then painted in a red-brown color as standard, says Flemming Tind.
After his apprenticeship and a few other jobs, the then 25-year-old Flemming Tind was employed in January 1990 at Maskinfabrikken SAMSON in what was called final assembly. Typically, the wagons were already sold before they were fully assembled, which was also the case with the now barely 30-year-old blue manure wagon.
The brand new thing on the 15,000-litre two-axle wagon, which in those years was Maskinfabrikken SAMSON's flagship, was a swivel boogie. A principle that naturally followed on the three-axle wagons with 20,000 liter tanks, which followed a few years later.
- Filling of the wagon was done with the help of a pump tower and vacuum pump. For the same reason, the tanks had to be welded by people with welding certificates, and before the wagon could be delivered, the tank had to be pressure tested by a publicly recognized authority, recalls Flemming Tind.
The blue manure wagon was delivered with a 12 meter hose boom and towing hoses. However, the hose boom has been replaced and there is a reason for that.
- An old friend has returned. Service manager at Samson Agrolize, Flemming Tind, has been a Samson man since 1990. In 1993 he was in the final assembly at Maskinfabrikken SAMSON in Tange and he clearly remembers when, as a young journeyman, he was responsible for assembling this unique mud cleaner, which has now returned and is in the used warehouse at Samson Agrolize.
- As I recall, it had not yet become a legal requirement that the manure had to be delivered with drag hoses. And to be honest, the first hose booms didn't have much capacity, so it took some time to get the slurry out. This is probably the reason why a newer hose boom has been fitted to the wagon, because when it comes to accuracy, they were a shame, says Flemming Tind.
The machine factory SAMSON became interested in precision very early on.
- The wagon was equipped with a dry matter meter, which could even then dose the slurry according to the dry matter content. It was called automatic dosing and could be done because the dosing was continuously determined by the slurry's current viscosity, says the technical explanation.
According to Flemming Tind, the Ford-blue manure wagon, which is now at Samson Agrolize in Viborg, is surprisingly well maintained.
- It has been traded once over the years, but is certainly in good condition, considering its age, and can easily be useful for many years to come. Today, however, centrifugal pumps are used, which are far more efficient for slurry, but I could easily imagine a contractor could use it to move water via the vacuum/pressure system that still works well.
- When we know its future, we will probably have to adapt it to the purpose. It has held up well and the blue Ford color still fits as it should, says Flemming Tind and pats his old friend lovingly.
- Just like with all the newer generations of SAMSON wagons, I can specifically say about this one that I know every nut, even though it's been a few years since I tightened the bolts here, he says.