- Richard Western have introduced a new pusher-ram trailer range.
The principle behind the pusher-ram trailer design is that not only does it enable push-off discharge, but also load compression, allowing the potential capacity of the trailer to be fully utilised, and forager harvester output to be thoroughly exploited, while also potentially reducing required trailer numbers. Further advantages include the ability to eject in restricted spaces, such as within sheds, and the possibility to part-discharge full loads.
The monocoque body features folded side walls for high strength. Versions available comprise tandem axle models with 30, 36 and 40m3 capacities plus a triple axle model with 50m3 capacity. Specification on all includes a sprung drawbar, high-speed axles with hydraulic or air braking options, 650/55 R26.5 tyres and rear-steering axle. The braking system can be specified as either air or hydraulic, with load-sensing valve, while a dual air/hydraulic system is optional. Triple-axle models have a self-contained on-board hydraulic system, while the hydraulics on tandem-axle trailers operate from the tractor system. All models feature sprung heavy-duty suspension for equal axle load and good road-holding, with a hydraulic option. Weigh cells are optional on all models.
The low-maintenance sliding system for the compression/discharge headboard uses nylon wheels with Oilon guide blocks running in I-beam guide rails, for ease of movement and high wear resistance, while headboard hydraulic pressure can be varied according to the load density required. Opening/unlocking and closing/locking of the tailgate is governed by double-acting hydraulics, ensuring failsafe tailgate closure, and full load discharge time is 35 seconds. The use of PE1000 self-lubricating thermo-plastic ensures a grain-tight seal between the headboard and the trailer sides, and means the trailer can potentially be used for other purposes.
“We’ve enjoyed a year of successful demonstrations since launching the new trailer in 2021, with some very good feedback,” says Angus Western, managing director of Richard Western.
“They have been used with materials from cereals to silages to muck and woodchip, and have really shown the productivity benefits of compressed loads and fast discharge without tipping.”