Many temporary sheep fencing systems can be troublesome, with reels jamming or breaking and the bugbear of silly hooks on the chains, which continuously catch on everything.
The Albutt Folding Push-Off buck-rake is the flagship machine of the well-known UK makers extensive range. It is distributed in NZ by Hamilton-based Ag Attachments.
Designed for use with high-capacity loading shovels or high horsepower tractors, it comes with a three-point linkage or loader brackets. The machine opens to a full 4.27m working width and closes to a transport width of just 2.74m.
Robustly constructed, weighing in at 2,200 kg, the unit offers a 7.82 cubic metre capacity – meaning it can shift large loads quickly. Featuring dual-sided, 1,650mm long Hardox tines, the machine incorporates a hydraulic accumulator to absorb shock loads. It also has anti-collision valves to stop the wings and push-off coming together, while a high-flow divider prevents any gate twists – all controlled by one hydraulic service.
Many large capacity forks require constant “flicking” to discharge the load. However, the Albutt’s full-width push-off system allows the operator to accurately control the discharge and deposit a shallow, even layer as it moves across the clamp.
To ensure a positive movement, an integral “Z” linkage combines with nylon rollers and gate support guides to ensure a long service life.
The machine features a 1,735mm high backplate, infilled with heavy-duty weldmesh – meaning the driver is always afforded excellent forward visibility.