Richard Western Pusher Ram trailer to make UK show debut at LAMMA 2022
Friday, 17 December 2021
By Martin Rickatson
Richard Western’s recently-introduced new pusher-ram trailer range is to make its national exhibition debut at LAMMA 2022, on Stand 6.230 in Hall 6 at the NEC, Birmingham, where the show takes place on January 11-12. An example of the new line will be shown alongside a number of other models from the Richard Western 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 – with the latter variant shown on the LAMMA stand – 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.”
Other trailers from an extensive range
The Richard Western stand will also feature a number of other trailers from the firm’s range. These will include an SF18HS Plus Suffolk silage trailer with the new Transcover Agriframe sheeting system. This design safely covers filled trailers to ensure no spillage of forage on the road, without reducing capacity. Trailers can be emptied with the cover in place.
Safety is also a key feature of the BTTA16/28 bale trailer on show. In addition to a sprung drawbar and dual air/hydraulic braking system with load-sensing valve, the version on display includes the unique Safe Lock hydraulic clamping system, of which over 125 have been sold across Europe and Scandinavia in recent years. It works with bales loaded either vertically or horizontally, and with bales loaded either in one or two rows on the second layer, while the total width of a platform with bales does not exceed the maximum legal permitted width of 2,550mm. Each side of the clutch is operated by two hydraulic cylinders, and it is possible to control one side or both together. Users can also adjust the straps depending on which diameter rolls are loaded.
Muck spreaders in focus
Also on show will be examples from the Richard Western muck spreader range, including an 11.9 cu m D4120 Compact Delilah, featuring twin vertical beaters, sprung drawbar, hydraulic slurry door, hydraulic brakes and 580/70 R38 tyres. This will be complemented by a 16 cu m FBS16 model featuring horizontal beaters with spinning discs, hydraulic suspension with front lift axle, hydraulic floor chain tensioning, 650/55 R26.5 tyres and six-cell Griffith-Elder weighing system, plus constant rate control.