14 April 2000

Bigger is always better when it comes to loads

SIZE is important, it seems. East Anglia-based G&J Peck now offers a stretched version of the JCB Fastrac with the length of the rear load platform increased from 2.25m to 3m.

This, says the company, allows the tractor to be fitted with fertiliser spreaders, high capacity sprayers and other carried equipment.

The conversion involves cutting the chassis between the two axle mounting points and welding a 750mm section in place with extra cross members and reinforcement around the joints. The propshaft, cabling and pipework are adapted to match. Wheel equipment is also upgraded and heavy-duty rear suspension cylinders fitted – these cylinders are offered by JCB as an option for its Fastracs.

Peck claims that as well as creating a larger load platform, the extension also improves weight distribution between the front and rear axles.

The first conversion – to a Fastrac 2135 – has now been supplied to a Lincs contractor fitted with a Knight sprayer to apply liquid fertilisers. Price of the conversion is £4400. &#42

Longer and more useful, says G&J Peck – the East Anglian company which has extended this JCB by 75cm to provide a larger load carrying area.