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Choosing the Best Whipset for your BinWhip (While Avoiding Hazardous Mistakes)

When it comes to safely cleaning bins and silos, the BinWhip is a highly-effective tool, thanks to a burly hydraulic power unit that maximizes torque and hitting force. But to truly take advantage of the BinWhip’s capabilities, you need to make sure that all of that power is being effectively transferred into the hung-up product.

That’s where the issue of whipset selection becomes a crucial consideration.

Binwhip Whipping

One of the first steps in any silo or bin cleanout project is to select the proper whipset (also referred to as a chain or flail) for the task at hand. This is an important decision that comes with one serious safety consideration – minimizing explosion hazards. Many storage vessels have the potential to contain combustible product, gasses, or suspended dust particles that could ignite or explode if a spark were to be produced during cleanout operations. Even if the atmosphere in a bin is determined to be safe at the beginning of a cleaning job, that can quickly change as product is disturbed and pulverized.

In a recent 4-year period there were 133 dust explosions reported in the United States, resulting in 12 deaths and 156 injuries.

– 2019 Combustible Dust Incident Report, DustEx Research

It only takes one bad decision to spark off a tragic accident. With the abundance of spark-proof anti-static whipsets available, there’s just no excuse for unsafe equipment to ever enter an explosive atmosphere. Fortunately, Pneumat offers a full line of interchangeable whipsets that allow BinWhip operators to safely attack buildup and blockages of all types. They are engineered to extremely high quality standards and ideally suited to different cleaning tasks. Let’s take a look at the 3 most popular whipset options that exist.

Wide Range Of Whipsets Chainsets
Dibw Uhmw Knuckle Whip

Plastic Star Knuckle Whipset

Anti-Sparking + Anti-Static

For a wide range of general-purpose cleaning jobs, the star knuckle whip is a solid choice. The whipset is composed of a super strong, double-braided, marine finished, nylon rope core, encased in a protective rigidizing polyurethane outer layer. To accelerate buildup removal, affixed to the whipset are star-shaped knuckles composed of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene. The knuckles are attached with non-sparking brass fasteners and are free-floating to encourage even wear and maximize their useful life. DDGs, wheat midds, whole grains, wood chips, gypsum, and limestone are among the many products routinely dislodged with this whipset.

(Pneumat also offers a standard whip without plastic knuckles for specialized sweeping and cleaning applications.)

Dibw Bronze Chain

Brass Chain Whipset

Anti-Sparking + Anti-Static

For extra-hard materials, the brass chain whipset allows for rapid removal without the risk of creating sparks that could ignite suspended dust particles. The straight-link welded brass chain sold by Pneumat is composed of a high-strength copper-zinc alloy with excellent corrosion resistance. The brass chain whipset slams through tough product like hardened agricultural meals and fracturable salts and minerals without posing a fire or explosion hazard.

Dibw Steel Chain

Steel Knuckle Whipset

For Use in Non-Explosive Environments Only

If the materials and dust levels in the bin are determined to present no risk of explosion, BinWhip operators can make use of the steel knuckle whipset. This whipset is composed of high-strength heat-treated carbon steel with a protective yellow chromate finish. The whipset’s mace-like design features steel knuckles with aggressive cutting ridges securely plug welded to the end of the chains. Used to tear through challenging rock-hard material such as hardened cement and rocky mined materials, this whipset offers the highest impact strength and durability available.

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Upper And Lower Binwhip Whipset Receivers

The BinWhip is typically operated with 2 whipsets installed opposite of each other, and in the case of the Dual Impact BinWhip there is both an upper pair and a lower pair. Whipsets of equal weight should always be installed directly opposite of each other to ensure the whiphead remains balanced during operation.

In selecting a whipset, your goal is to choose an option that will remove product as quickly as possible without causing excessive wear on the whipset or presenting a hazard to the product or bin interior. Fortunately, the Dual Impact BinWhip’s hydraulic manifold gives operators fine variable control over the whiphead’s position and rotation speed, making damage to the bin interior highly unlikely. Every cleaning job is different, and experience and experimentation often play a role determining which whip configuration works best for a particular application. Pneumat is always available to offer suggestions based on our many decades of bin cleaning experience. We also offer comprehensive in-person and digital training options to ensure your team has the skills and knowledge necessary to set up and operate the BinWhip safely.


Bin Whip Training Video Sample Ipad

Training Resources

If you are interested in really getting to know the Bin Whip system, including whipset selection and installation procedures, this video series is a great place to start.


With the proper whipsets installed, the BinWhip is a blockage-blasting powerhouse that will keep your bulk material flowing safely and efficiently. And with Pneumat's new bundle pricing on whipsets, you can ensure you always have a healthy supply of replacements on hand so you won't run out in the middle of an important cleaning job.

Reach out if you'd like to know more about our bundle program or have any other questions and we’ll do our best to ensure you have the information and tools you need to get those bins whipped into shape. 🅿

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2021-04-20T11:59:09-05:00April 20th, 2021|Bin and Silo Cleaning, BinWhip|0 Comments

Bulk Flow Forum | Aiming High with SkyMax Industries

Today we cross the border for a chat with SkyMax Industries, an experienced industrial contractor helping cement plants and production facilities across Ontario remove difficult buildup from their bins and silos. Performing challenging high angle work in challenging, often frigid conditions, SkyMax relies on Pneumat Systems' powerful BinDrill and BinWhip systems to expand their capabilities and keep bulk moving safely across the Great White North.


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2021-03-26T11:19:17-05:00March 24th, 2021|HopperPopper|Comments Off on Bulk Flow Forum | Aiming High with SkyMax Industries

Bulk Flow Forum | Unloading DDG Trucks the Easy Way at Saturn Agriculture

Today we put down our rubber mallets and chat with Saturn Agriculture about how the HopperPopper helps them unload challenging dried distillers grain (DDG) trucks in record time at their 13-acre intermodal transloading facility in Joliet, IL.

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2021-03-26T11:19:18-05:00December 17th, 2020|HopperPopper|Comments Off on Bulk Flow Forum | Unloading DDG Trucks the Easy Way at Saturn Agriculture

Pneumat to Sponsor Confined Space Entry Webinar

Pneumat Systems is proud to sponsor an important and timely webinar on the topic of confined space entry in the grain industry.

All Confined Spaces are NOT Created Equal

Start Time: 1pm Central

June 10th, 2020

The term “confined space entry” is often used interchangeably with “bin entry” in the grain handling industry. Grain bins certainly can be considered confined spaces, but there are distinct differences between the two, according to OSHA’s Grain Handling Standard. The webinar will be hosted by two speakers from the National Grain & Feed Association. Together, Jess McCluer – Vice President, Safety & Regulatory Affairs and Jim Seibert – Director of Safety, Education and Training will dispel common misconceptions about confined space entry by comparing OSHA’s definition side by side with grain bin entry standards.

This is an important safety issue that is at the heart of Pneumat's mission to create a safer world, free from bulk flow problems. With products like our Dual-Impact BinWhip and BinDrill that can be used to effectively clean silos from the outside, Pneumat strives to protect workers by eliminating confined space entry altogether.

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2021-04-20T09:39:55-05:00June 9th, 2020|Bin and Silo Cleaning, BinWhip, Cardox, HopperPopper, Press Release, RailSpreader|Comments Off on Pneumat to Sponsor Confined Space Entry Webinar

CASE STUDY: Telematics Enhance HopperPopper Truck & Railcar Unloading System’s Capabilities

Hydraulics, pneumatics, and telematics, oh my!

Working with HydraForce and Power Systems, Pneumat System's high-tech truck and railcar unloading system – The HopperPopper – logs data and allows for remote software updates and support. This system is in use at truck and rail unloading terminals across the United States, Latin America, and beyond, helping operators unload soybean meal, dried distillers grains (DDGs), and other difficult product from truck and railcar hoppers safer, faster, and easier.

Speeding Up Hopper Unloading with Wireless Controller and Remote Access Technology

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2021-03-26T11:19:18-05:00June 2nd, 2020|HopperPopper, Press Release|Comments Off on CASE STUDY: Telematics Enhance HopperPopper Truck & Railcar Unloading System’s Capabilities

Pneumat Virtual Round Table Discussion

Some of our team members recently gathered online to discuss the world of silo cleaning and bulk material handling, and Pneumat's unique position in the industry.

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2021-03-26T11:19:19-05:00May 14th, 2020|Bin and Silo Cleaning, BinWhip, Cardox, HopperPopper, Press Release, RailSpreader|Comments Off on Pneumat Virtual Round Table Discussion

Pneumat Systems Offers Safe Effective Bin & Silo Cleanout With Binwhip

BinWhip Pneumat PR 2015MANKATO, Minn. – The Pneumat Systems BinWhip is a safe and effective bin and silo cleaning solution.  The unique design of the BinWhip allows for the equipment to be operated from the top of the bin or silo, eliminating the hazards of confined space entry.  Bin Whip is hydraulically powered and does not require air. Only food grade hydraulic oil is used. Unlike other compressed air systems that lack power and create dust problems, BinWhip is extremely powerful, lightweight, portable, and safe.  In addition, because BinWhip is hydraulically powered, the whip rotation is reversible, something that is not possible with an air powered whip unit.

The BinWhip helps to reclaim valuable inventory safely and can get more product moving. BinWhip is effective on vessels of all sizes and restores storage to 100% capacity.

2021-03-26T11:19:19-05:00February 27th, 2015|BinWhip, Press Release|3 Comments

Pneumat Systems Offers Cardox Co2 Blaster For Clearing Blockages In Preheater Towers, Silos & Bins

MANKATO, Minn. – The Pneumat Systems Cardox CO2 Blaster produces a controlled release of liquid CO2 at up to 34,000 psi with the power to break concrete, coal and other rock-hard materials, clearing blockages, plugs and chokes in preheater towers, silos, kilns and bins.  Pneumat’s Cardox CO2 Blasting System is simple, efficient and reliable, effectively making misfires a thing of the past. Because Cardox does not present a fire hazard, the system is widely used in locations where dust, chemicals or hazardous combustible materials are present.

During the process, high-pressure CO2 is instantly released through ports of the discharge head, creating a powerful force that dislodges tons of blockage in less than a second. Once fired, the Cardox tube is rebuilt with a new Cardox safety heater, shear disc and sealing washer, and recharged with CO2 for another use.  Pneumat’s Rapid-Fill Pump and Auto-Fill Head have revolutionized how Cardox tubes are filled, making the process simple, fast and convenient.

In addition, Pneumat’s qualified, experienced technicians are available to assist with questions, as well as provide comprehensive on-site training.

2021-03-26T11:19:20-05:00February 13th, 2015|Cardox, Press Release|Comments Off on Pneumat Systems Offers Cardox Co2 Blaster For Clearing Blockages In Preheater Towers, Silos & Bins

Pneumat Systems Offers Railspreader For Maximizing Railcar Loadout

RailSpreader Pneumat PR 2015MANKATO, Minn. – The Pneumat Systems RailSpreader helps load rail cars to the fullest capacity with bulk materials such as DDGs, pellets, corn gluten meal, soybean meal and more.  The RailSpreader’s unique design distributes bulk products to the outer edges of the rail car, inverting the angle of repose and spreading the bulk material evenly, allowing for maximum load-out and maximum profitability.

The hydraulically powered RailSpreader features explosion proof motors, controls, switches, and other electrical components.  Operation can be managed by programming its functions into existing PLC controllers for a fully automated system.  The unit can be customized to fit in existing load-out equipment.  Incorporated dust-control access points help remediate dust issues significantly when linked with a dust collection system.

2021-03-26T11:19:20-05:00February 6th, 2015|Press Release, RailSpreader|Comments Off on Pneumat Systems Offers Railspreader For Maximizing Railcar Loadout

Pneumat Systems HopperPopper Assists Bulk Material Cleanout For Railcars And Trucks

HopperPopper Pneumat PR 2015MANKATO, Minn. – The Pneumat Systems HopperPopper assists in the unloading of DDGs and meal products from railcars or trucks by combining the power of compressed air blast technology with precise hydraulic controls. Through patented* technology, the wirelessly controlled HopperPopper allows operators to position a hydraulically driven blast probe in the hopper compartment, blasting out bulk material bridges and hang-ups.  The HopperPopper eliminates problems that come from banging, pounding and poking railcars or trucks, while decreasing unload times, reducing labor costs and minimizing worker compensation risks.

*Patent No. US 8,833,608 B2

2021-03-26T11:19:20-05:00January 30th, 2015|HopperPopper, Press Release|Comments Off on Pneumat Systems HopperPopper Assists Bulk Material Cleanout For Railcars And Trucks
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