Monday, April 2, 2018

Late Spring Updates

Great seeing many of you at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show a few weeks back. Thanks for stopping by the booth and chatting.

As mentioned before, we are in unprecedented territory for pre-sales on our Vandergriff 161 Game Changer Rib.  As it stands now, we only have maybe 4 sets left to sell, with a delivery date of August.
We CNC machine all the ribs, a time consuming process but the key to our precision and accuracy.

Game Changer Forgings waiting to be CNC Machined.
1018 USA Steel.
Made in USA

On a side note, I still am amazed at some of things that float around in the industry regarding the Vandergriff Rib. I had one guy ask me the other day if it really is a forged rib.  He went on to say it looks rough on the backside.  Yep.  We machine the backside, but don't give it the finish that we give on the front side, and we don't plate it either.  No reason to.  Of course it is a forging.  Very expensive tooling developed by Vandergriff Inc and CNC Performance Engineering to get the forgings made. There are only a couple of forging places in the USA that have the equipment powerful enough to hammer these bad boys out.  CNC Performance engineering has been machining these parts for 22 years. They have the process down to keep prices as low as we possibly can.  

Many of you are getting cotton planted now. Hope its going good for you.  Beware of  some varieties of seed.  With more and more emphasis being placed on yield, the trade-off has been smaller and smaller seed. Some of these are getting to small to gin effectively.  

Monday, February 26, 2018

Mid-South Farm and Gin Show 2018

Look forward to seeing you all at the Mid-South Farm and Gin show in Memphis March 2, 2018.

Check out new video, "Let's Gin."

See ya there.

*This has been an unprecented year in terms of sales for The Vandergriff Gin Rib.   We are all the way out to July 2018 on delivery dates now with orders.  We are almost to our limit on what we can get machined and delivered for the 2018 season.

Vandergriff Inc

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Vandy Updates/Ribs

As we near the completion of January, we are entering record territory for pre-sale gin rib orders, especially for Vandergriff Continental Game Changers.  The current run we are now starting has a completion date of approximately June 1, 2018.  This is a huge run. All these people got their orders early.   We have started another waiting list for late summer delivery.  There will miminal availability for this one.  As most know, all Vandergriff Gin Ribs are CNC machined from 1018 USA steel forgings.  This forging process is only used by Vandergriff Inc.   CNC Performance Engineering  in Charlotte, NC has machined Vandergriff Ribs for 22 years. The combination of these two make the Vandergriff rib the elite gin rib in the business.  

We will also have a few sets of Vandergriff Ribs for Lummus Gin Stands availabe as well.

Vandergriff Game Changer Ribs.

No Gin Rib has the precision of Vandergriff Ribs.

Ribs shipping out to Australia.
Proudly Made in the USA
Where are your ribs made?

Loyd Vandergriff


Monday, January 15, 2018

New Year. 2018

Hope you had a great ginning season and the new year is off to a good start for you.

On the gin rib front, we have had unprecedented demand for 161 game-changer ribs. A waiting list was started for our first batch due for April 1, and this has already sold out.  We are starting another waiting list for early summer delivery. If you want game-changers for your Continental Gin Stand, you need to get on the list. There will be no third run.

Vandergriff Gin Ribs
CNC from steel forgings.
Most accurate rib on the market.
Made in USA

Vandy Ribs Shipping out.
Made in USA.
Get those Chinese Ribs out of your ginstand. Mercy.

We will also have Lummus ribs ready by early summer as well. List going for those too.

Any questions, call:

Loyd Vandergriff

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Updates. Merry Christmas 2017!

We hope the ginning season is going well and wanted to wish all in the cotton ginning industry a Merry Christmas!

All is well at Vandergriff Inc. Gin Ribs. Conversions, Spiders, Jet Dryers. All in the marketplace doin their thing. People are finding out how functional all these products are. How cost efficient and user friendly they are as well.  Made in the USA!

We have been doing some work with the JG Boswell Company in Corcoran, so just putting up a few pictures for you.

Gin 5. Consolidated Roller Gins. 24 of em.
"A Product of Vandergriff Research'
"Best Roller Gin on the Market"
Ray Gomez, JG Boswell

Ray Gomez, Johnny Freeman, Loyd Vandergriff

Johnny, Loyd

Vandergriff American Spider.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Loyd Vandergriff

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Hope ginning season is going well for you.
We are not hearing much about little seed being an issue in the USA here this ginning season yet. At least not as far as Vandy Inc is concerned.

Know we make ribs for all models of gin stands. This includes Cherokee stands.  No one can duplicate the way we produce them from a forging to a final CNC machined part from 1018 USA Steel.  Some of our customers have been running the same set of ribs for well over 10 years.  This is pretty cost effective.

Most know we are the pioneer in gin stand conversions. Mr. Vandergriff converted a Continental 161 to a 181 in 1996.  This went largely ignored until the mid 2000's.  Now this saw spacing is becoming the standard.  He set the standard for saw spacings many times over his illustrious career., and the rest of the industry tagged along. We have lots of conversions running around the world particularly in Australia.

This link below is a Lummus 170, souped up by Vandy Inc and associates. It is the first one we have done, and after working through some issues, we have it down if ya want to increase capacity without having to lay down huge chunks of money.  This would include of course  new gin stands (they love to sell you those) over-head, and even more. $$$$$$ (lint cleaning, press)  Conversions are the cost effective way to increase capacity.  They come with Vandergriff precision and the Vandy Gin Rib.

Souped up 170 Gin Stand

Vandy Inc and Vandergriff American also sell the Jet Dryer.  Its starting to speak for itself with how it reduces moisture in a very cost effective way.  Gets the cotton single locked and ready to enter the inclines warm setting the stage for more trash release.  Mr. Vandergriff always said, get that cotton into the inclines at 175 degrees. Why? Simple. Get better trash release and cleaning.

Our Spider Installations are taking off as well across the cotton belt.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call.

Loyd Vandergriff  559-324-8848

John Freeman       229-220-1406 (Spiders, Jet Dryers)

Vandergriff Ribs Getting Ready to ship out.
Made in the USA

Thursday, October 19, 2017

External Factors that Affect Cotton Ginners

For at least the last 50 years, many things have come down the pike that have in one way or another affected cotton ginners and the operation of the gin.   I use the word "external" in the title because ginners and gin plant owners usually are involved very little in the discussions regarding these changes, but of course they are heavily involved modifying their gins to accommodate them. By now, I think many of you are getting the drift of this, so I won't go into specific details regarding these types of situations that have come the gins way over the years. I have often wondered just how much "gin people" have been brought into this loop when these types of things start to get discussed. Maybe there are some committees or some "superficial" attempts to get ginner input, but one has to wonder just how well is the ginning side of the equation really represented?  I have seen some bad scenarios come the gins way that led to very costly modifications.  I doubt that the cost was shared in any way, and it fell squarely on the owner or owners of the gin.

Today, there is much R&D and competition among big cotton seed breeders to get seed to the grower and farmer that will significantly increase yield of cotton per acre. We all know who the big players in this game are.  While R&D on this side of the equation has done, and continues to do  much good, it would not be beneficial to have this research backfire on the other side of the equation and cause the gins difficulty. In order to obtain these types of increased per acre yields, in many cases the seed  have become smaller and smaller.   When these small seed cannot be extracted from the fiber at the gin stand, they  pass on through to the lint cleaners.  Here, they are ground up and mixed into the lint.  This will affect the grade of this fiber in a very negative way. This of course will not be well received by the farmer who wants and expects the best grades possible from the gin. It is important to know that some ginning operations are starting to show concern over these little seed, and their ability to gin it.

Gins that use products of Vandergriff Research, more specifically The Vandergriff Gin rib, have a great deal of success in removing the seed from the fiber during the ginning process.  The seed is extracted, cleaned thoroughly and then heads on down the line where it is supposed to go.  Over a 21 year period, Vandergriff Ribs have established a sterling reputation in terms of overall  performance in the gin stand, and preventing the loss of seed of all seed varieties.  We want the ginning industry to know that we are closely monitoring this situation related to these new varieties of seed, and will respond to it in  regions most affected, should this continue to be a problem.   It is important to note and understand, that is possible for the seed to get too small to effectively remove it  by any means from the cotton. Hopefully the ginning industry will have a dialogue with seed breeders about this important issue and monitor it closely, just as we are. The ginning industry is to be commended for the way it has responded to all the challenges that have come its way over the years and will continue to try and meet all new challenges that come its way in the future. We are proud to be a part of that.

Vandergriff Gin Ribs
CNC Machined from 1018 USA High Grade Steel
Precision and Performance.
Made in the USA

"A Product of Vandergriff Research"