High capacity trailer and spreader developments showcased at LAMMA

  • Tandem-axle option for DS175HD Delilah horizontal beater/spinning disc muck spreader
  • Suffolk grain/silage trailer enhancements
  • Flagship 24t tri-axle short-chassis Suffolk trailer: fuel & time efficiency from fewer hauls
  • Focus on load safety and security: bale clamping and hydraulic rollover sheeting systems

Richard Western used LAMMA 2024 to launch a new tandem axle version of its DS175HD Delilah rear-discharge manure spreader and updates across its trailer ranges, including an upgraded suspension system.

The new tandem axle option for Delilah DS150HD/DS175HD horizontal beater/spinning disc manure spreaders can be specified instead of the standard single axle with its large tractor-type wheels and 580/70 R38 tyres. Designed particularly for users doing a lot of road travel, it provides a smoother ride at speed on the tarmac, due to the spread of the load over two axles and because the tandem axle arrangement is suspended, with mono leaf springs partnering a sprung drawbar to cushion the spreader body from shock transfer created by potholes and road humps.

The 560/60 R22.5 tyres also provide a combination of high load-carrying capability with good flotation characteristics and a smooth ride at speed on the road. Smaller wheels and tyres mean less braking effort is required, while braking four wheels rather than two boosts efficacy. The 420mm diameter/180 mm-wide brake drums are designed to handle more than the load imposed by the spreader, which has the same unladen weight as a single-axle model with larger wheels and tyres.

Equipped with weighing equipment featuring six load cells for high-accuracy weighing, the Delilah DS150HD and DS175HD feature heavy-duty conveyor floors with 20mm floor chains, seven-tooth floor sprockets and close-spaced floor slats, for a consistent feed to the twin horizontal rotors. Each features 72 boron knives for shredding material before it drops onto two three-blade Hardox boron steel discs with variable positions to control the spreading of a range of materials at up to 24m or greater.

Among the upgrades to the full range of Richard Western Suffolk tipping trailers for 2024 are new running lights. Mounted along the side of the trailer, these cast a beam down onto the road or field surface, marking out the extremities and enhancing visibility and safety.

Meanwhile, all Suffolk trailers of 15t capacity and above now feature an uprated suspension to enhance ride and stability. This sees the 76mm single springs previously fitted replaced with new 100mm wide double-leaf parabolic springs with a suspension equalizer featuring outboard bushes.

Also on the Richard Western stand was a new short-chassis version of the flagship 24t-capacity SF24HS Plus Suffolk trailer, reducing height when tipped from 9.5m to 8.5m.

This allows a reduced cylinder size for tipping, resulting in a reduced tractor oil demand of only 56 litres. Designed for users with the tractor capacity and circumstances that can allow the trailer’s full capacity to be exploited, the SF24HS Plus features three axles, with standard mechanical or optional hydraulic or air suspension, and with standard with passive rear-axle steering and options for front steering and forced steering.

Further specification includes a new hydraulically-damped drawbar, a first on this type of Richard Western trailer, for enhanced shock absorption. The trailer is fitted with 600/55 R26.5 BKT Ridemax tyres and a hydraulic rollover sheeting system.

Other exhibits included a BTTA16/28HS Bale Trailer with BPW air suspension, 560/60 R22.5 tyres and a rear steering axle, plus the Richard Western Safe Lock bale clamping system for quick and safe load securing from the tractor seat. An SRT20 Plus Stone and Rubble Trailer completes the stand, fitted with a Transcover front to rear sheeting system and new twin-leaf 100mm-wide torque arm suspension. Made to withstand the high-duty cycles of professional groundworks and construction contractors, the 12.5m3 trailer has a flat bottom design for easy cleaning.

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