Wednesday, April 26, 2017

ProDig: New push-off fork range

By WniF editors

Irish manufacturer ProDig Attachments has introduced a completely new range of push-off forks for the 2017 silage season.

Available in five sizes from 2.5m up to 3.6m wide, the push-off fork is designed to suit a variety of machines, from large industrial loaders/teleporters, to tractors front and rear three-point linkage and loaders. The fork can be specified with numerous different reinforced brackets to suit customers’ machines, as well as a combi attachment that will fit both a loader/teleporter and tractor front or rear three-point linkage in one unit.

The push-off forks’ frame is constructed from fine-grain, high-yield steel throughout, with the bottom tines (40mm x 65mm) being made from Hardox for improved wear resistance. These tines are 1,400mm long and feature replaceable wear tips incorporated in the design to increase durability.

ProDig claim that you will never have to replace a tine again with this system. The tines are welded into a hardened steel box section (150mm x 100mm x 10mm) for longevity, as well as to remove any flex during operation. Two heavy-duty durable side tines are fitted as standard, with the option of an extra side tine if required. Different tine spacing and lengths are available to suit customers’ requirements, as well as a round tine option.

Underneath the fork, it’s fitted with replaceable hardened cutting-edge wear plates to help protect it during operation, while also aiding in strength. Additionally, these plates are also welded to each side of the frame for added protection against clamp walls.

A high-strength steel gate is fitted to, “push” the grass off the fork, and features laser cut holes incorporated into its design to both reduce weight and increase visibility. The gate also features a sloped spill frame design incorporated on top and a five-degree layback to maximise the volume it can push.

Power is supplied by a pair of 70mm bore rams that have a low oil requirement of 80 lit/min allowing the fork to be used with smaller machines. The hydraulic system requires one double-acting service and is fitted with an equaliser to ensure a uniform push even if the load is not uniform, eliminating the risk of twisting.

Pushing power is delivered by two heavy-duty cranked arms made from high strength 20mm steel and further reinforced with 15mm plate for increased reliability and strength. 40mm pins are used on the fully greaseable hinge points, which feature replaceable bronze teflon coated bushings for increased durability.

During operation, the gate slides out along the tines and is safely held in place by hardened steel locking pins that stop it moving backwards when under force. To reduce the impact and strain on the components during operation, a pair of soft close rubber buffers are fitted to the rear frame.

The push off fork is finished in the company’s trademark gunmetal grey and green paint scheme, and can be fitted with optional safety strobes and work lights for added safety.

Prices start at 5,000 euros (correct at April 2017).

For more information visit: www.prodigattachments.com.

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