An Irish company causing a stir at the LAMMA show in England this week is Carlow’s Hi-Spec Engineering.
They have two new additions to their range on display at the event.
The first is a high capacity specialist tanker for use in a high capacity liquid waste handling system.
The second is a larger addition to the Hi-Spec Kompactor ‘compaction/push-off’ trailer range, which was launched at last year’s FTMTA Farm Machinery Show.
The specialist tanker, with a capacity of 4,500 gallon (20,450 litre), is designed for use as a service tanker, for ferrying liquid waste to the spreading vehicle in the field.
To spread the weight, the tanker is carried on triple, high-road-speed axles, with hydraulic braking, and fitted with 600/50-22.5 tyres.
The 6mm thick steel tank is mounted on a full frame chassis, to ensure that it is completely supported.
The tanker is fitted with a high capacity pump that fills 14,000 litres per minute.
There is an 8-inch pipe and cone to accommodate the filling boom from the spreading vehicle, at the rear of the tanker.
The latest high-capacity addition to the Kompactor ‘compaction/push-off’ trailer range is another highlight on the stand this week.
This latest addition is 24 feet long, and has a total capacity of 40 cubic metres.
The trailer compacts material such as grass or maize silage, when the heavy-duty tailgate is shut.
The headboard can be used to compact during loading.
This action can increase the load carried by up to 80%, compared to a conventional trailer, according to Hi-Spec.
This high-capacity addition to the Kompactor range is also ideally suited for transporting bulky materials, such as woodchip or grain, due to its higher capacity.
To empty the trailer, the tailgate is first raised.
The headboard is then fully extended and, depending on the load, has the capacity to completely empty the trailer in as little as 30 seconds.
Due to the load being pushed off, it avoids the need to tip the trailer body.
The trailer is ideal for use in areas where conventional tipping trailers cannot access because of buildings or overhead power lines.
A low centre of gravity added to the push-off mechanism means that the dangers of tipping on uneven or poor ground conditions are avoided, and the trailer remains stable throughout the unloading process.
The design and concept is the brainchild of John Kennedy. The Co Tipperary based designer utilised his experience in agricultural contracting to bring to fruition this innovative design.
The Kompactor chassis incorporates a hydraulically dampened drawbar, through which all the hydraulic and electric lines are routed.
It is fitted on a triple axle with air-brakes and front and rear passive steering axles as standard.
As with other models in the Kompactor range, it features a hydraulically operated headboard.
Options include a unique hydraulically operated sliding bogie axle. This allows the axle to be moved by up to 600mm. By moving the axle backwards, more weight will be placed on the tractor, to increase grip.
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