Richard Moon’s spreader with pushed axles is runner-up within the advanced class of our Farmers Weekly Innovations Competitors 2022.
Making use of giant portions of fertiliser, lime and farmyard manure alongside the slim rows of orchards and vineyards across the Kent coast led contractor Richard Moon to develop his personal twin-axle spreader.
Having already manufactured customized slim our bodies for a traditional trailer undercarriage, he determined to go a number of steps additional by constructing a bespoke chassis with four-wheel drive and steer, plus the flexibility to degree the physique when working throughout sloping floor.
The place to begin was to trace down a pair of axles with a observe width suitably slim for the orchards during which they have been to work.
These got here from an outdated JCB 520-40 loader and, at effectively over £1,000 every, accounted for an excellent chunk of the £10,000 whole construct price.
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Propulsion comes by the use of the tractor’s 540eco pto, which runs a hydraulic pump with a 150-litre/min output positioned on the entrance of the trailer.
The oil from that is used to energy all the chassis features, together with a drive motor on every axle.
These are managed utilizing solenoids, with one swap within the cab used to flick between ahead and reverse, and one other, linked to a movement management valve, altering the pace.
It’s additionally attainable to disconnect the drive and freewheel when the additional traction isn’t required.
To do that, Mr Moon cobbled collectively his personal model of an electrically operated canine clutch, which is fitted between the axles and motors.
One other swap within the tractor cab controls the levelling rams that may jack up the spreader physique by 200mm when working throughout a slope.
Added to that, every axle might be steered. He tends to have interaction rear-axle steering for headland activates comparatively flat terrain with no traction issues, however crab steer is available in helpful to keep away from sliding down hillsides.
Mr Moon had already constructed two slim spreader our bodies – one with a conveyor within the backside that feeds rear spinning discs for lime and fertiliser, and a second oriented back-to-front with a side-discharge conveyor for manure.