One tractor, one operator umbilical system

16 Jan 2020

An umbilical pump trailer has been launched that offers producers the potential to save time and money by only requiring one tractor and one operator.

Designed and manufactured by Tramspread, the pump trailer is used by its contracting division to reduce labour requirements and cover the highest hectarage using just one tractor.

Pressure sensors

Unique to the design is an SIL remote control. Combined with pressure sensors and a flowmeter, this allows the entire umbilical system to be accurately operated and monitored by just one operator.

The unit can also monitor the areas treated and the quantity of slurry utilised because it is fitted with Tramspread’s Raven Box mapping and recording technology. “The combination of knowing the speed of flow and being able to control it remotely is key to the time and equipment savings this trailer offers,” says the company’s Laurence Baker.

Improve distribution

“The unit also keeps a record of the slurry utilised so operators can measure how effective each application is and improve distribution in the future.”

The contractor pump trailer is powered by a 175 horsepower Iveco engine coupled to a Bauer SX2000 pump, which is capable of pumping up to 300 cubic metres per hour depending on distance and hose diameter.

Dribble bar

The long drawbar enables an applicator, such as a dribble bar, to be carried on the tractor’s rear three-point linkage while towing the trailer.

Up to 2,000 metres of drag hose is carried on two galvanised detachable spools located at the front of the trailer, while a further 1,000 metres is carried on the tractors front three-point linkage via a powerful twin hydraulic drive reeler, giving a total system capacity of 3,000 metres.