With ever increasing distances between farms and land to travel, a big focus in the industry is the development of trailers and transport equipment.
Buckinghamshire trailer maker K-Two Sales has developed an active rear axle steering system for its Rodeo trailers. It uses a closed-hydraulic system which takes its inputs from a mechanical linkage that connects trailer drawbar to tractor.
K-Two says the system is powerful enough to operate with tyres up to 650/55 R26.5, and with a manual over-ride, it allows the rear axle to be pumped straight and locked in position, allowing the trailer to be used as a fixed axle design without connecting the steering link.
The Roadeo range also gets a new design of bolt-on mudguard, making it easier to keep wider tyres covered.
Hoping to attract a new generation of customers, Aberdeenshir-based trailer maker, Marshall has updated its image.
With new styling across its range, the firm says it has done a lot over recent years to improve its build quality with the use of systems such as robotic welding.
Along with its new look, the firm has also made some alterations to the physical aspects of its products. For greater control of its Vantage muck spreader, the hydraulic flow to extend each stage of the moving headboard’s hydraulic ram can be controlled independently. While this was previously possible by adjusting hydraulic valves, the firm says it required some tinkering. Now, the system can be adjusted using three dials, which relay to an electronic controller.
Despite reducing the number of axles under its 20 tonne tipper, Richard Western says it is trying to encourage buyers to fit larger boots to its trailers, ultimately to spread weight.
To cope with heavier weights and reduce infield compaction, the firm has shod its now tandem axle trailer on wide 650/55 R26.5 tyres. Reducing its un-laden weight, fewer axles also allows a higher payload to be carried within the UK’s current 18.29t weight limit.
Also on the firm’s stand was its revised root crop trailer range. To allow beet to be heaped higher in the trailer, the arch apex at the front and rear of the trailer has been raised without preventing a cover from rolling over.
Along with tipping trailers from two to 24 tonne capacities, the Portuguese firm produces slurry tankers and implements. Taking pride of place on its stand was an 18 tonne UK-spec silage trailer, which boasts larger axles and brakes compared to its Euro-spec trailers.
The trailer’s curved body is tipped by a single, large diameter ram, and its back door features hydraulic locking to prevent the door creeping open. Options include wider tyres and steering axles, as well as being able to fit hydraulic or pneumatic suspension.
Retail price for the model on show with 560 wide tyres and air over hydraulic brakes is £18,750.
Larrington has added a hydraulic delivery mouth for its Ejector trailers, allowing emptying in low buildings.
The system can also be fitted to the company’s chaser trailers, where it allows precise delivery of crop into a truck. This development was shown on a 50cu.m tri-axle trailer built to transport woodchip; the Ejector trailer features 6mm plate sides with reinforced, angled posts which are designed to withstand the pressure generated when the ejector door compresses bulky loads, says the manufacturer.
Pronar UK made its debut at the Lamma show with an extensive range of grass equipment and trailers from the Polish manufacturer.
Trailers range from grain and silage models to biomass and hooklift designs, and Pronar points out that they come with a high specification as standard including rear underrun protection, air brakes and mudguards, for example, saving purchasers up to £3,000.
In addition, the company has recently signed an agreement with Mercedes Benz as an official supplier of gritters, road sweepers and snowploughs for the Unimog to match the U2, U3, U4 and U5 ranges. Early orders have come from Highways Scotland and local authorities in Yorkshire, says the firm.
As trailers get ever more complicated with an increasing amount of functions, Stewart Trailers’ latest addition to its range should make life a little easier.
The addition comes in the form of colour-coded hose grips. As well as making identification easier, the knurled, metal grips are also said to make connection and disconnection easier.
The new development will be standard on all Stewart trailers.