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Seven attachments to extend your telehandler's role on-farm

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Need extra versatility from your telehandler or loader? Then these latest attachments could be worth adding to your collection.

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Albutt shear grab
Albutt shear grab

1. Shear grabs to get Hardox tines

Recognising the arrival of higher capacity telehanders and the need to consistently cut and handle higher quantities of silage, Albutt has introduced a new range of shear grabs which use Hardox tines.

 

With higher tensile strength and greater resistance to wear, Albutt says the 50mm wide tines are welded in place, eliminating loose tines and simplifying maintenance requirements.

 

The new grabs also get Hardox blades and cutting teeth, which retain their sharpness for longer and offer a cleaner and repeatable cut at the clamp face.

 

2. Grain and fertiliser pusher

Agri-Weld has developed a new model of grain and fertiliser pusher for telehandlers and wheeled loaders.

 

Using a tapered beam design which prevents grain or fertiliser from hanging on the attachment, the Agri-Weld Pusher offers a 6m working length in its rigid format.

 

Alternatively, the firm offers an 18m telescopic pusher for large wheeled loaders.

 

3. Pro Saw cutting head

Pro Saw is Bomford’s latest saw cutting head, which can be mounted on to tractor loaders and telehandlers when mounted to the firm’s Hydraulic Reach Frame (HRF).

 

Using four circular saw blades mounted in-ine and powered hydraulically, the Pro Saw can scythe through overgrown vegetation and branches up to 20cm in diameter.

 

Two versions of the HRF carriage are available and both incorporate an integral side boom offering lateral extension of up to 2.8m or 3.3m. The HRF carriage also includes a hydraulic break-back device.

 

4. Bobcat snow blowers

In preparation for a harsh winter, Bobcat has extended its snow blower range.

 

Having increased the range from eight to 18 models, the company says there is now more opportunity to precisely match snow blower specifications to the capacity of the handler.

 

Being hydraulically driven, the flow rate from an auxiliary service is said to be critical to blower performance.

 

All Bobcat snow blowers feature a hydraulic rotating discharge chute and offer the ability to propel snow a distance of up to 15 metres.

 

5. Folding silage forks

Albutt has developed two, large capacity hydraulically folding silage forks specifically for loading shovels.

 

Offering working widths of 4.2m (14ft) and 4.8 (16ft) respectively, the forks use Hardox tines and a high-tensile steel back frame, which is said to create a lightweight yet strong attachment.

 

Wing sections are not mechanically locked in their working position, but rely on a hydraulic accumulator to keep them held in place using hydraulic pressure. This is a design that affords some deflection should either side of the fork make sudden contact with the ground when manoeuvring on and off silage clamps.

 

6. Bale Strip

Hi-Spec Engineering’s Bale Strip allows automated removal of plastic and net from bales.

 

The attachment uses two spikes that pierce the bale, between which is a stationary knife that perforates the layers of film and net.

 

A claw arm mounted on top of the attachment is lowered onto the bale to grab the film, after which the two bale spikes are hydraulically swung outwards, tearing open the bale and its protective film cover as the spikes move.

 

This process allows silage to fall on to a feed passage or into a feeder, while net and plastic is retained by the claw. Roller sleeves are available to cover the spikes, allowing the attachment to be used as a conventional handling and stacking device.

 

7. Bale Shear

Tanco’s I70 bale shear attachment is said to improve the speed at which baled silage can be fed.

 

This is possible, says the firm’s Adrian Lyons, as a result of the I70 using an integral clamp that bites onto the plastic wrap or net as the attachment’s jaws start to close.

 

Full operation of the jaw results in the bale being cut in half, enabling forage to be shook out of its protective wrap. This process is said to improve mixing efficiency when loading a feeder wagon, or feeding baled material directly into feed passages.

 

As the jaw is fully opened, pressure holding the clamp is released, allowing net or film to be dropped from the attachment. The I70 avoids having to manually cut and remove plastic or net from bales, which shortens feeding times.

 

  • Work tools app
    JCB claims it has made attachment choice much simpler with the introduction of its work tool app for the iPhone and iPad. The app, called JCB Attachments, incorporates a dealer locator, an attachment finder by machine type or product group, a Light Equipment viewer and an enquiry function which can send a message directly to the customer’s preferred JCB dealer. The app includes an inventor page, allowing customers to submit their ideas for a new product, or a particular task for which they require an attachment. Customers can then send ideas, detailed specifications, images and contact details directly to JCB Attachments.

 

  • Automatic attachment recognition
    With Merlo’s development of CDC Dynamic Load Control, the Italian maker has been able to introduce automatic implement recognition. Using an embedded chip in each attachment, CDC recognises the attachment type, displays the relevant icon on the in-cab monitor, and sets an internal ‘load chart’ specifically matching the attachment to the telehandler. The system identifies the weight and position of the payload, compares both to a virtual load chart and calculates the stability index. This enables CDC to automatically select the correct load chart for the attachment being used. A default map setting enables non-coded attachments to continue to work with dynamic load control. The system also includes a weigh load feature, which displays the last 20 loads and offers an accumulated payload total up to 9,999 tonnes – useful when loading grain lorries, for example.

Shear grabs to get Hardox tines

Recognising the arrival of higher capacity telehanders and the need to consistently cut and handle higher quantities of silage, Albutt has introduced a new range of shear grabs which use Hardox tines.

 

With higher tensile strength and greater resistance to wear, Albutt says the 50mm wide tines are welded in place, eliminating loose tines and simplifying maintenance requirements.

 

The new grabs also get Hardox blades and cutting teeth, which retain their sharpness for longer and offer a cleaner and repeatable cut at the clamp face.

Grain and fertiliser pusher

Agri-Weld has developed a new model of grain and fertiliser pusher for telehandlers and wheeled loaders.

Using a tapered beam design which prevents grain or fertiliser from hanging on the attachment, the Agri-Weld Pusher offers a 6m working length in its rigid format.

 

Alternatively, the firm offers an 18m telescopic pusher for large wheeled loaders.

Pro Saw cutting head

Pro Saw is Bomford’s latest saw cutting head, which can be mounted on to tractor loaders and telehandlers when mounted to the firm’s Hydraulic Reach Frame (HRF).

 

Using four circular saw blades mounted in-ine and powered hydraulically, the Pro Saw can scythe through overgrown vegetation and branches up to 20cm in diameter.

 

Two versions of the HRF carriage are available and both incorporate an integral side boom offering lateral extension of up to 2.8m or 3.3m. The HRF carriage also includes a hydraulic break-back device.

 

Merlo's attachment recognition

With Merlo’s development of CDC Dynamic Load Control, the Italian maker has been able to introduce automatic implement recognition.

Using an embedded chip in each attachment, CDC recognises the attachment type, displays the relevant icon on the in-cab monitor, and sets an internal ‘load chart’ specifically matching the attachment to the telehandler.

 

The system identifies the weight and position of the payload, compares both to a virtual load chart and calculates the stability index. This enables CDC to automatically select the correct load chart for the attachment being used.

 

A default map setting enables non-coded attachments to continue to work with dynamic load control.

 

The system also includes a weigh load feature, which displays the last 20 loads and offers an accumulated payload total up to 9,999 tonnes – useful when loading grain lorries, for example.

Bobcat snow blowers

In preparation for a harsh winter, Bobcat has extended its snow blower range.

 

Having increased the range from eight to 18 models, the company says there is now more opportunity to precisely match snow blower specifications to the capacity of the handler.

 

Being hydraulically driven, the flow rate from an auxiliary service is said to be critical to blower performance.

 

All Bobcat snow blowers feature a hydraulic rotating discharge chute and offer the ability to propel snow a distance of up to 15 metres.

 

Folding silage forks

Albutt has developed two, large capacity hydraulically folding silage forks specifically for loading shovels.

 

Offering working widths of 4.2m (14ft) and 4.8 (16ft) respectively, the forks use Hardox tines and a high-tensile steel back frame, which is said to create a lightweight yet strong attachment.

 

Wing sections are not mechanically locked in their working position, but rely on a hydraulic accumulator to keep them held in place using hydraulic pressure. This is a design that affords some deflection should either side of the fork make sudden contact with the ground when manoeuvring on and off silage clamps.

Hi-Spec Engineering’s Bale Strip

Hi-Spec Engineering’s Bale Strip allows automated removal of plastic and net from bales.

 

The attachment uses two spikes that pierce the bale, between which is a stationary knife that perforates the layers of film and net.

 

A claw arm mounted on top of the attachment is lowered onto the bale to grab the film, after which the two bale spikes are hydraulically swung outwards, tearing open the bale and its protective film cover as the spikes move.

 

This process allows silage to fall on to a feed passage or into a feeder, while net and plastic is retained by the claw. Roller sleeves are available to cover the spikes, allowing the attachment to be used as a conventional handling and stacking device.

 

Bale Shear

Tanco’s I70 bale shear attachment is said to improve the speed at which baled silage can be fed.

 

This is possible, says the firm’s Adrian Lyons, as a result of the I70 using an integral clamp that bites onto the plastic wrap or net as the attachment’s jaws start to close.

 

Full operation of the jaw results in the bale being cut in half, enabling forage to be shook out of its protective wrap. This process is said to improve mixing efficiency when loading a feeder wagon, or feeding baled material directly into feed passages.

 

As the jaw is fully opened, pressure holding the clamp is released, allowing net or film to be dropped from the attachment. The I70 avoids having to manually cut and remove plastic or net from bales, which shortens feeding times.

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