Sheep shearing kit maker Heiniger has launched a lighter-weight version of its Icon shearing handpiece.
The unit, which is sold in the UK via importer Allflex, uses a slimmer barrel to supposedly improve balance and reduce hand/wrist strain.
In reality, it should make it less tiring to shear a large number of sheep and enables professional shearers to maximise their daily tallies, the company says.
The alteration to the Icon FX has made it lighter than the existing Cyclone version (1,190g v 1,300g), which was used by Kiwi shearer Rowland Smith when he broke the eight-hour world shearing record in 2017.
In his record-breaking effort, he managed to shear an average of one ewe every 44.72 seconds and 644 sheep over the course of the event.
The FX is compatible with pin- or worm-driven shearing plants, including some from third-party manufacturers.
Asking price of the Heiniger Icon FX is £375.