31 July 1998

Lime refill in the field

LIME spreaders can now be refilled in-field without dumping product on the ground or using mechanical shovels, says Cunningham Engineering, Stockton-on-Tees.

The firms new mobile hopper is made up of a clam box elevator and 20t capacity hopper with a roller chain discharge system. To accept a load ramps are lowered hydraulically and the sides of the hopper opened laterally, to allow lorries to tip their loads.

The hopper is then towed to the field, where the spreader is driven beneath the hydraulically driven elevator and loaded at a rate of up to 3t/min from a discharge height of 3.45m (11.6ft). Power for the machine comes from a 3-cyl John Deere diesel engine..

Standard spec includes an on-board compressor for the operation of the units air suspension and brakes, auto-lubrication for the roller chain elevator, hydraulic drawbar and full road lighting.

Weighing in at 9.8t unladen, the 10m (33ft) x 2.5m (8ft) hopper costs about £34,000. &#42

Mobile self-unloading hopper from Cunningham Engineering is designed for the spill-free filling of lime spreaders in the field.