UK importer Harsh is focusing on the agricultural market with the Italian-made ITRunner hooklift trailer, a system that offers farmers considerable cost savings.

The hooklift concept enables a number of different bodies to be lifted on to and removed from one chassis via a large hydraulic arm. A muck spreader, water bowser and timber forwarding trailer can all be used.

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Harsh claims significant financial benefits can be achieved by converting to this system: the comparable cost against a conventional trailer can be up to two-thirds cheaper because the running gear is already in place.

ITRunner hooklift trailer

More than 1,000 units have been sold in Europe since production of the trailer started in 2012.

The cost of a 16-tonne lift/tip bare chassis will set you back £26,600. Attachments vary in price from £4,000 for a 16-tonne grain trailer to £13,000 for a slurry tanker.

Founded 30 years ago, Harsh has established itself in the haulage and waste industries as a supplier of hydraulic equipment.