November 11th 2015
Agricultural products are still often transported over short distances by road in a tractoragricultural vehicle combination. These vehicles were certainly not built for this purpose. For example: the max. speed of these vehicles is 25 km/h. This creates dangerous situations in the current transport landscape. Kraker Trailers and Veldhuizen BV have joined forces to develop a solution that is safe and saves fuel.
Due to changing legislation and regulations, from 2017 onwards it will become less attractive to transport agricultural products in this way. In cooperation with Veldhuizen, Kraker Trailers offers a solution in the form of the CF-Agri. The CF-Agri is 10.4 m. long, with 3 air-suspended and steered axles and 6 agricultural tyres. The vehicle has a low own weight. The CF Agri’s volume is 65m3.
When using the CF-Agri, the agricultural product is only loaded once, instead of loading it on the farmland into a vehicle that is subsequently tipped out onto a concrete slab, where it is then transferred to another vehicle in order to be transported further. This process is quite different with the CF-Agri: on the farmland, it is pulled behind a farm tractor with a drawbar and coupling. Then, the CF-Agri is coupled to a truck with a standard kingpin on the fifth wheel. The drawbar, which is used on the farmland, is foldable, so that there are no problems when coupling to the truck.
REDUCED FUEL CONSUMPTION, SAFER WORKING CONDITIONS
The current generation of agricultural vehicles have high fuel consumption due to the poor aerodynamics and the very complicated drive. The CF-Agri is different. In addition, the large tyres that are currently used are noisy. It is also unsafe to drive normal agricultural vehicles through village centres and along narrow and secondary roads. In summary, Kraker Trailers and Veldhuizen BV have developed a vehicle that combines the traction and the low ground pressure of an agricultural vehicle with reduced loss of product, better fuel economy and fulfilment of high safety requirements.
POWER SPEED FLOOR AND HYDRAULIC TAILGATE
The CF-Agri has larger tyres to prevent sinking or getting stuck in the field. The Kraker-constructed trailer has a CF-Power speed floor and a hydraulic rear door, enabling fast unloading.
PROTECTION FOR POTATOES DURING LOADING
An extra modification has been made for potatoes: the trailer has a dividable sidewall. The wall can be folded down over a length of approx. 7 m ±500mm so that, during picking, the potatoes do not drop into the trailer from a great height. Since the potatoes only have to be loaded once and there is less product loss, this will deliver significant cost savings.