Prac­ti­cal evo­lu­tion for Bell’s lat­est

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - AGRIPULSE - Lau­rie Smith

AF­TER three years of rig­or­ous test­ing in cane and forestry re­gions across the coun­try, the new Bell F-se­ries TriWheeler, to be launched in May, hits the sweet spot by stay­ing true to the orig­i­nal de­sign in­tent while re­duc­ing op­er­a­tional costs and fuel burn, and pro­vid­ing eas­ier ser­vic­ing, better vis­i­bil­ity and im­proved agility.

Bell Equip­ment’s Prod­uct Mar­ket­ing Man­ager, Tim Ben­ing­field, says that the F-se­ries has a mod­u­lar ap­proach.

‘We will bring to the mar­ket a base Fseries ma­chine that is equiv­a­lent to the cur­rent ma­chine in terms of spec­i­fi­ca­tions and pricing.

‘Cus­tomers can then choose from a range of ‘bolt on, bolt off’ packages to tai­lor their ma­chine to their spe­cific needs.

In this way they only pay for the tech­nol­ogy and fea­tures that they re­quire for their op­er­at­ing en­vi­ron­ment.’

In­ner beauty

The F-se­ries fea­tures wa­ter-cooled Yan­mar en­gines, which are more ef­fi­cient from a cool­ing and fuel burn per­spec­tive, and also im­pact on noise re­duc­tion.

Two dif­fer­ent en­gines are of­fered, one de­liv­er­ing 45kW at 2 200rpm, that matches the cur­rent Tri-Wheeler of­fer­ing, and the sec­ond pro­vid­ing cus­tomers with a high­pow­ered ma­chine with a turbo-charged en­gine that de­liv­ers about 25% more power.

In terms of er­gonomics, the F-se­ries pro­vides a larger cab with im­proved in­stru­men­ta­tion, better ingress and regress points for op­er­a­tors, more head room and a sus­pen­sion seat that can be moved fur­ther back to ac­com­mo­date taller op­er­a­tors.

New front guards in­cor­po­rat­ing wire mesh guard­ing as well as low­er­ing the seat po­si­tion has im­proved over­all op­er­a­tor vis­i­bil­ity, which pro­motes safety.

The front top cross mem­ber has also been raised to en­able the op­er­a­tor to view the grap­ple in the raised po­si­tion with­out hav­ing to lean for­ward.

Like­wise the wiper mo­tor po­si­tion has moved to in­side the top cross mem­ber to im­prove vis­i­bil­ity as well as leg clear­ance.

Im­proved ser­vice­abil­ity through ground level ser­vice ac­cess for cen­tral greas­ing and ground level fu­elling al­le­vi­ates the need for ser­vice staff to climb onto the frame to grease the boom.

‘Not only is this eas­ier from a ser­vice­abil­ity point of view but it also im­proves health and safety,’ adds Ben­ing­field.

Bell Equip­ment’s Chief En­gi­neer: Agri­cul­ture and Al­liance Prod­ucts, Ian Kramer said cus­tomer feed­back had been very promis­ing with the test units showing a 15 to 18% re­duc­tion in fuel burn.

‘Feed­back from op­er­a­tors is just as pos­i­tive as they pre­fer the in­creased com­fort lev­els of the F-se­ries,’ he said.

The new Bell F-series Tri-Wheeler, to be launched in May

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