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PIRTEK Burnsville in the Minneapolis area was contacted by Brian and Gary Pahl, the fifth-generation owners of Pahl’s Market, to upgrade a piece of farm equipment. A few years ago, Brian Pahl recognized the need for a conveyor belt on his farm and envisioned reusing the irrigation unit to make it happen. He reached out to the Burnsville hose service center, and Jeff Quast, mobile sales and service technician, discussed how to turn one of the old field-irrigation units into a conveyor belt to collect peppers grown on the farm.
PIRTEK added hydraulic hoses, motors, and return lines to the irrigation system, which created a 50-ft. machine that stretches 16 rows long. The new conveyor belt allows the Pahls and their team to collect crops faster than with previous methods. Within three days, the team figured out the fittings and adapters, ordered the necessary parts, and assembled the machine. With the conveyor belt installation, the farm is able to collect twice the amount of crops within half the time.