21 February 1997

Articulated Agri irons out the bumps

ALL-ROUND suspension features on the latest specialist self-propelled vehicle aimed at contractors.

The DDT Agri 414B is built by Little Hawksworth, North Yorkshire-based DDT Engineering. The company specialises in industrial dump trucks but says it can now offer its 414B model to agricultural specification; two have so far been commissioned by contractors.

A strong but relatively narrow chassis allows wide tyres to be fitted on the articulated machine which also has nitrogen-over-oil suspension struts on both axles to iron out more severe bumps. Standard engine is a 234hp Cummins 8.3-litre turbo-diesel, driving through a four range, four speed manual transmission, with an eight-speed automatic optional.

Payload capacity is some 12.5t, price around £70,000 depending on final specification.

OnTop Tractors, Balgowan, Perth, has moved to a rigid chassis for its latest vehicle, the 600-series OnTop. Its a smaller machine than the articulated 500-series, with larger wheels at the back than those at the front.

Specification includes a 180hp, 5.9 litre Cummins turbo-diesel engine and an 18-speed transmission comprising an Eaton synchromesh gearbox and two-speed transfer gearbox. A diff splits power delivery to front and rear axles.

There is a choice of 6t to 8t capacity OnTop/Harber or KRM-Bredal spreader bodies which adds £12,800 to the base vehicle price of £58,500.n

Latest contender among specialist contractor vehicles is the articulated Agri 414B from DDT Engineering. It has a 234hp Cummins engine, four range/four speed powershift transmission, and strut suspension.