Bring­ing up the rear

McCor­mack has de­signed a rear-mounted cot­ton loader

Farms & Farm Machinery - - News -

Queens­land-based McCor­mack In­dus­tries has de­vised a new way to han­dle round cot­ton mod­ules with the in­ven­tion of the Cot­ton Tag Trailer.

The com­pany says the new trailer de­sign has many ad­van­tages over tra­di­tional de­signs that con­nect to the three-point link­age of the trac­tor.

Be­cause the unit is towed from the rear, the trac­tor is al­ways trav­el­ling for­wards, which the firm says re­duces trac­tor wear and op­er­a­tor fa­tigue.

The unit uses a grab­bing mech­a­nism to col­lect bales and lift them onto the trailer. The mod­ules are un­loaded ‘sausage style’, which means they can be loaded onto chain-bed trucks or con­ven­tion­ally onto flat-bed trail­ers.

Once three mod­ules have been col­lected, the trailer uses a chain-driven bed and tip­ping chas­sis to un­load the mod­ules.

This method of un­load­ing gives the op­er­a­tor full con­trol over the mod­ules as they are un­load­ing which, ac­cord­ing to McCor­mack In­dus­tries, in­creases safety and al­lows the op­er­a­tor to un­load the mod­ules in groups of six that can then be col­lected by chain-bed trucks.

The trailer has cab-mounted con­trols that can also be con­fig­ured to work via the trac­tor’s re­mote con­trols.

The abil­ity to col­lect three mod­ules on each trip may re­duce time spent in the pad­dock, and op­er­a­tor vis­i­bil­ity is likely to be in­creased since the driver has an un­ob­scured, full-frontal view.

Above: The grab­bing mech­a­nism loads a bale onto a McCor­mack In­dus­tries Cot­ton Tag Trailer In­set: A McCor­mack In­dus­tries Cot­ton Tag Trailer fully loaded

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