For several years up to 1969 Teagles were making small trailer spreaders of three and four ton capacity. These trailer spreaders with moving floors and spreading rotors, had wooden bodies, but it was generally decided there were huge economies in making them from steel pressings.
The purchase of three 200 ton pressbrakes to bend the panels enabled the design of a trailer spreader of 7 ton capacity to be considered. With the complexities of the drive to the rotors holding back the development of the trailer spreader, caution was thrown to the wind and a set of panels were pressed for a 7 ton tipping trailer. As most of the silage being carried in the late 1960’s was in small capacity 4 ton trailers, the arrival on the market of a 7 ton high capacity silage trailer caused quite a stir.
The Titan 7 trailer filled a long awaited need of the large dairy farmers and silage contractors in the South West and sold in large quantities. It is estimated that there are over 4,000 Titan trailers in the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset. The Titan 7 ton trailer totally changed the farmers concept of Teagles – no longer could they be accused of producing light duty machinery. The Titan 7 ton Trailer Spreader had to wait until the following year to be launched.
In 1978 Teagles started looking at the design of a machine to compete with the Continental Loader Wagons being sold in large quantities throughout Britain. The Loader wagon’s major problem, as well as being fragile and suitable for only one operation, was that the crop was delivered to the silage clamp totally unchopped.
Originally built on the Triumph 6 ton tipping trailer the prototype was fitted with an old and very much modified Tarrup harvester. It was obvious to the designers that the trend was toward precision chop silage, so the search was on to find a suitable chopping mechanism that was short enough and of suitable design to mount on the front of a trailer. There appeared only one contender, the JF 110, and so started our association with the JF company.
The harvester unit was carried on a sub chassis which could be easily removed from the trailer in a matter of minutes. When in operation, the harvester unit followed the contours of the ground on its own wheels, with about three quarters of its weight transferred onto the tractor drawbar. This, together with its effective hydraulic braking system enabled the Toucan to be used on slopes that would not be safe for conventional harvester units. When in the late 1980’s the JF 110 harvester became no longer available, a Teagle designed harvester unit was fitted.