Practical evolution for Bell’s latest
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.’
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