Friday, 26 March 2021 13:55

She's one big feeder

Written by  Mark Daniel
Hustler has released a maxi-sized, multi-feeder aimed at large-scale farms. Hustler has released a maxi-sized, multi-feeder aimed at large-scale farms.

Feeder specialists Hustler has released a maxi-sized multi-feeder aimed at large scale farms in New Zealand and further afield.

The new RX 218 measures 6.7m long, 2.56m wide, it has a 1.3m high body and tips the scales at around 7 tonnes empty.

Offering a capacity of 21.4 cubic metres filled level or 26 cubic metres heaped, the feeder is rated for a load capacity of 20 tonnes. In practical terms, the manufacturer suggests this means 10 round bales of 14 large squares.

Featuring a Tridem axle configuration with rear wheel steering, the layout incorporates heavy-duty leaf springs and tie rods. This keeps the vehicle on track while eliminating 'bounce', with stopping duties falling to hydraulic brakes on all six wheels.

The company also suggests that in other units of this type, fitted with only tandem axles, there is a likelihood of exceeding tractor drawbar ratings as the load moved forwards, with subsequent poor ride quality. By spreading the load over its three axles, there is a much larger footprint through the 500-45R22.5 tyres, leading to a more constant loading and a smoother ride.

Looking at the 'feeding' hardware, the main bod and unloading areas incorporate a heavy-duty porate a heavy-duty Puckboard floor of up to 15mm thickness. This is said to be naturally slippery, tough and durable. The twin-speed pusher plat, running on grease-less slides, brings the load forwards using hydraulic cylinders. The feeding element uses 12,000lb rate chains, running over hardened sprockets, with largers feeder bars for greater strength.

Ease of maintenance is taken care of by a central greasing system that looks after the axle assemblies and hard to reach bearings. The drivelines are fitted with bearings throughout, with all chains kept in check by adjustable tensioners.

Operators benefit from a host of features, including joystick controls, a large frontal viewing area to monitor the position of the load, bolt-on fenders, access platform and ladder and a two-speed parking jack.

www.hustlerequipment.com

More like this

Italian stallions hit the spot

Having got throught the ravages of PSA, kiwifruit production has bounced back delivering record harvests and record prices for orchards.

Blowing life into apple harvest

Probably better known in the viticulture sector, Tractor Repairs and Spares (TRS) is now expanding into the horticulture area - with a focus on apple - after purchasing the FMR business in late 2020.

Opens up blindspots

Traditionally blind spots caused by large buckets or front mounted loads on wheeled loaders have been a major safety concern.

New high-performance coulters

Amazone's new six-metre Cirrus 6003-2 and 6003-2D seed drills are now available with Twin-TeC+ double disc coulters that are said to enable precise and rapid sowing of large areas.

A very smart retrofitting kit

Lemken's smart iQblue connect for TIM (tractor implement management) has recently been certified by the independent Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation (AEF).

National

Deer farmer's roaring success

Southland elk farmer Tom May is no stranger to producing top quality velvet and believes that his Mayfield Elk Farm,…

The beginning - not end!

After seven years, the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) came to an end on 31 March, yet chair Malcolm Bailey…

Machinery & Products

SIAFD wins punters' plaudits

After celebrating its 70th year last month, it looks like the South Island Agricultural Field Days (SIAFD) has hit its…

Opens up blindspots

Traditionally blind spots caused by large buckets or front mounted loads on wheeled loaders have been a major safety concern.

She's one big feeder

Feeder specialists Hustler has released a maxi-sized multi-feeder aimed at large scale farms in New Zealand and further afield.

Roots out problems

Austrian manufacturer Pöttinger has introduced the new Durastar narrow share for its Synkro and Synkro-T, mounted stubble cultivators.

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

Blue murder

OPINION: Your old mate recently read an off-the-wall suggestion, by some boffin, that deliberately staining meat blue will lead to…

Foot in mouth - again!

OPINION: This old mutt reckons Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor too often suffers from 'foot in mouth' disease.

» Connect with Rural News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter