New electric JD feeder
WE’VE SEEN hybrid or electrical power when it comes to cars, bikes and buses, so it’s no real surprise to see it in agriculture, first the John Deere SESAM electric tractor, and now a self-propelled diet feeder from Italy.
The Supertino Electra 21, which is in the final stages of testing, is a twin-augered, 21 cubic metre mixer wagon/diet feeder that is 100% electric, and powered by a 100Kw(125hp) motor. Besides the “electrification” the machine is remarkably like its dieselengine sibling with the same chassis, hydrostatic transmission and mixer and loader arm gearboxes.
The manufacturer claims that a diet feeder is the ideal machine to lend itself to electrification, because most machines of this type are usually based at one location, so are relatively easy to keep charge, if there’s a socket available.
The company cites several benefits to the concept, which include zero emissions, reduced maintenance due to fewer moving parts and significantly reduced running costs. This last point is based on that fact that charging will be a lot cheaper than the cost of diesel used to run conventional machines. They also suggest that an oftenoverlooked advantage is the significant reduction in operational noise, with the removal of the diesel engine plant, meaning livestock are calmer.