Launched as a concept machine at the Royal Balmoral Show just last month, Northern Irish firm Blaney says its new Bionic loader is capable of a multitude of tasks around the farm.
Designed to take on the heavy lifting jobs employees struggle to do safely, as well as acting as a tool carrier, the firm says the step-on loader will be popular on dairy farms for scraping, with its skid-steer style and zero-turn capability, livery yards for mucking out stables, and an assortment of other groundkeeping and yard-based tasks.
Featuring a 21hp Honda engine, it can lift 350kg in its wheelbarrow-sized bucket and reaches up to two metres.
Compact dimensions of less than 1.5m in length and a narrow width capable of getting into the tightest of spaces, including through most stable doors, have prompted the company to say it is an extension of the operator’s body, hence the Bionic name.
Availability is expected to be towards the end of this year, and prices are yet to be announced.