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What is a grain shovel (or barn shovel)?

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Application

Shovelling grain A grain shovel is a multi-purpose shovel, used in the agricultural industry for moving grain, feed, fertiliser, etc. It could also double up as a snow or coal shovel or for material handling in the food industry.

Blade

Aluminium grain shovel

Materials

The scoop of a grain shovel is usually made of either plastic or aluminium; both materials are renowned for their lightweight properties and will not damage the grain.

It can also be easily cleaned and sterilised, an absolute must for general food handling applications.

Look for a scoop with a deep basin or upturned sides to contain the grain as it is being transported around.

Colour-coded plastic shovels

Colour-coded plastic shovels

  • Colour coded shovels are ideal in the food industry to avoid cross-contamination.
  • Or for brightening up the barn!
  • If using these for hygiene reasons, check there is a food contact certificate available from the manufacturer.
A Western pattern blade has reinforcing moulded ribs to give it extra strength for more heavy-duty applications e.g. moving heavier, bulk material.  

Scoop design

Grain shovels typically have a scooped blade, which usually comes in one of two designs:

 

1. Western pattern

The blade itself has reinforcing moulded ribs to give it extra strength for more heavy-duty applications e.g. moving heavier, bulk material.

With its flat, rib-free surface, an Eastern pattern scoop is designed for for lighter, general purpose work e.g. general cleaning and use in the food industry. 2. Eastern pattern

With its flat, rib-free surface, this scoop is designed for for lighter, general purpose work e.g. general cleaning and use in the food industry.