Monday, 13 January 2020 11:21

Lighter, lower-cost safety device for quads

Written by  Mark Daniel
The LifeGuard comprises a plastic arch that flexes during a rollover to absorb the impact and protect the rider. The LifeGuard comprises a plastic arch that flexes during a rollover to absorb the impact and protect the rider.

Ag-Tech Industries has added a lighter, lower-cost item to its QuadGuard range of crush protection devices.

The company is already known for its ATV LifeGuard – a flexible crush protection device (CPD) that folds around to create a ‘survival space’ for a rider during a rollover.

The new model weighs only 7.2kg, about half that of the LifeGuard product. It comprises a plastic arch that flexes during a rollover to absorb the impact and protect the rider. It can also create a survival pocket under the machine. 

Ag-Tech says the structure’s greater rigidity may create more survival space in some situations than its more expensive CPD.

Unlike the LifeGuard, which may be re-used after a rollover, the QuadGuard must be replaced if it has been deformed. In use, the LifeGuard will require more maintenance to ensure the integral cables are kept at the correct tension, whereas the QuadGuard has no moving parts.

The QuadGuard has five years life expectancy which will be monitored annually and confirmed in 2024. Whereas the LifeGuard can be used indefinitely subject to regular maintenance and eventual refurbishment.

More like this

Electric ATV of the future

The look of All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) hasn’t really changed over the years, but CF Moto recently gave the market a glimpse of where things might be heading.

Top defender

Can-Am has added to its Defender UTV/side by side range for 2020, with the arrival of the Pro HD-10.

A complete package

Described as Kawasaki’s premium Mule side by side, the PRO-FXR is a sport utility machine that combines a wide-body chassis with a 320mm shorter wheelbase.

Kodiak built to endure tough stuff

While quads’ stranglehold of the off-road market has been tempered by side by sides (UTVs), quads persist, particularly on narrow tracks or difficult terrain.

Featured

Gong for working with nature

A Leeston dairy farmer’s adoption of regenerative agriculture has won him North Canterbury Fish & Game’s Working with Nature Award for 2019.

 

Do you need an upgrade?

Dairy infrastructure can have a major impact on milking efficiency and the comfort of cows and milkers, says DairyNZ.

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

Appropriate

Your canine crusader reckons it is ironic – and highly appropriate – that Shane Jones’ $3 billion electoral slush fund…

Funny names

Over the years, a mate of the Hound’s has always been quick to point out to him people in roles…

» Connect with Rural News