At Grassland UK, Hi-Spec Engineering will be launching a completely new addition to their range – the Kompactor dual purpose ‘push-off’ and compacting trailer, which will be available in four sizes.
Hi-Spec Engineering are best known as designers and manufacturers of high capacity paddle or auger type diet feeders, vacuum tankers and muck spreaders and have brought many innovative products and features to the market.
The addition of the new Kompactor trailer follows in Hi-Spec’s tradition of focussing on the design and manufacture of innovative new products that offer customers high quality and increased productivity.
Initially the Kompactor will be available in four sizes – 18ft, 20ft, 22ft and 24ft. A demount version is also available, which will provide users, such as contractors, increased value and versatility by being able to swap the trailer body with a Hi-Spec vacuum tanker body.
Central to the Kompactor is the hydraulically operated headboard which is powered by a three-stage hydraulic ram. For compacting, with the heavy duty tailgate shut, the headboard can be used to compact material such as grass or maize silage, so increasing the load carried by up to 80 percent compared to a conventional trailer. However, due to its size the Kompactor trailer is also ideally suited for use as a conventional trailer for transporting bulky materials, such as woodchip or grain.
To empty the Kompactor, having raised the tailgate, 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. Because the load is pushed off and so avoids the need to tip the trailer body, the Kompactor is ideal for use in areas where conventional tipping trailers cannot access.
Allied to this, a key highlight is that by using a push-off mechanism and due to it having a low centre of gravity, all the inherent risks posed by using a tipping trailer are diminished or even avoided, such as striking overhead power lines or trailer instability when tipping on soft and uneven ground.
The Kompactor is lighter in weight compared to a conventional trailer, as its design engineers out traditionally required elements such as lifting rams and the necessary bracing. This results in a lighter trailer which is capable of carrying increased loads and which will help reduce compaction.
The Kompactor chassis incorporates a dampened drawbar, through which all the hydraulic and electric lines are routed and air-brakes are fitted as standard on all models. Options include a rear-steering axle and the availability of 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.
Prices for the Kompactor start from £36,500 retail and more information is available at www.hispec.net .