A gravity wagon, which is also sometimes called a slant wagon, is a specially designed wagon used to move gain or other bulk items between fields and the storage site. It is often used on farms that may need to transport items, such as grain, seed, or fertilizer from one location to another.
Gravity wagons are not the only way to move bulk items on a farm. There are other options, such as a grain cart. But there are certain legal restrictions that might make using a gravity wagon the better choice. A grain cart may legally only be used off-road. A gravity wagon is specifically designed so it can be used on roads.
How Does it Work?
Usually, a gravity wagon is filled by a combine harvester and pulled by a tractor to wherever the grain is going. If the wagon is used for other things, such as feed or seed, it is filled manually. After being towed to the storage location, the wagon’s contents are emptied.
Although the size may vary, the design of a gravity wagon tends to be the same. It typically has four wheels and three sides with sloped angles, as well as one side which is vertical. It has a low center of gravity, which helps balance the weight distribution of whatever you are transporting. This provides increased stability when towing.
At the bottom of the vertical side is an unloading door. The design was developed to use gravity to make the unloading of the grain easier. The way a gravity wagon is designed helps the contents in the wagon move towards the door. This funneling of the wagon contents towards the door makes it easy to unload just by opening the door.
Gravity wagons vary in the size of the capacity box, which holds the content. They are also available with a different degree of slope.