Hi-Spec Engineering will have two of its Kompactor K36 ‘compaction/push-off’ trailers at ScotGrass, one of which will be static and the other working on the Gordons/Claas stand.
The Kompactor range of trailers are available in four sizes – 18ft, 20ft, 22ft and the latest 24ft version which was launched at LAMMA. A demount version is also available, which will provide users, such as contractors, increased value and versatility by being able to swap the trailer body with a Hi-Spec vacuum tanker body.
Central to the Kompactor is the hydraulically operated headboard which is powered by a three-stage hydraulic ram. For compacting, with the heavy duty tailgate shut, the headboard can be used to compact material such as grass or maize silage, so increasing the load carried by up to 80 percent compared to a conventional trailer. However, due to its size the Kompactor trailer is also ideally suited for use as a conventional trailer for transporting bulky materials, such as woodchip or grain.
This latest addition is 24ft long and has a total capacity of 40 cubic metres. It’s carried on a triple axle fitted with air-brakes and front and rear passive steering axles as standard.
As with other models in the Kompactor range, it features a hydraulically operated headboard. For compacting, with the heavy duty tailgate shut, the headboard can be used to compact material such as grass or maize silage, so increasing the load carried by up to 80 percent compared to a conventional trailer. However, due to its size, this high capacity addition to the Kompactor range is also ideally suited for transporting bulky materials, such as woodchip or grain.
To empty the Kompactor, having raised the tailgate, the headboard is then fully extended and, depending on the load, has the capacity to completely empty the trailer in as little as 30 seconds. Because the load is pushed off and so avoids the need to tip the trailer body, the Kompactor is ideal for use in areas where conventional tipping trailers cannot access.
Allied to this, a key highlight is that by using a push-off mechanism and due to it having a low centre of gravity, all the inherent risks posed by using a tipping trailer are diminished or even avoided, such as striking overhead power lines or trailer instability when tipping on soft and uneven ground.
The Kompactor chassis incorporates a hydraulically dampened drawbar, through which all the hydraulic and electric lines are routed. Options include a unique hydraulically operated sliding bogie axle. This allows the axle to be moved by up to 600mm, by moving the axle backwards more weight will be placed on the tractor to increase grip.