New elec­tric JD feeder

Dairy News Australia - - MACHINERY & PRODUCTS -

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.

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