Having got throught the ravages of PSA, kiwifruit production has bounced back delivering record harvests and record prices for orchards.
It is designed, in the first instance, to be a 22-tonne, half-pipe dumper. However, with the addition of a kit, it can easily be switched to silaging operations.
Distributed in New Zealand by Brownrigg Agri Gear, the SDT’s (silage dump trailer) chassis and main components are made from S355 high-tensile steel.
Meanwhile, the body is manufactured from Hardox S700 steel. This allows the use of 5mm steel, making the trailer lighter, but retaining the structural strength required for intensive hauling operations.
A retrofit silage kit can be quickly installed or removed as one piece – including the hydraulic door. When installed, the original dump trailer door drops down to allow a flat floor for easy material discharge.
At the front of the silage body, a forward sloping front panel is said to allow easier filling when paddocks are opened up. This can happen either when being towed by the harvester or “firing” over the roof of a towing tractor.
The combined capacity, when the silage kit is added, is around 34 cubic metres. The trailer is carried on a pendulum bogie axle system that utilises 710-40R22.5 tyre equipment.
Interestingly, all paintwork is covered by a five-year guarantee as standard.