Combilift launched its Combi-RT poultry loader. This new machine was developed with feedback from Keyo Agricultural Services, one of the UK’s largest providers to the poultry processing sector.
According to Combilift, the design and specific features of the Combi-RT offer benefits for producers and operators as well as reducing the stress levels and bio security risk for enhanced welfare of broilers.
“Until now the majority of forklifts used for handling live poultry have been modified versions of mainstream models such as counterbalance or truck mounted vehicles”, says Combilift managing director Martin McVicar. “Therefore, after taking the exact requirements of catching, handling and transportation into account, we have developed a purpose built, no-compromise machine which makes the whole process speedier, quieter and more streamlined.”
The Combi-RT comes as standard with a clear view 3 stage mast with full free lift and its low profile allows it to work both outside and under the low level eaves inside the poultry house. Having picked the empty modules from the trailer the operator can then lower the mast without loss of speed to take them directly to the waiting catchers, sidelining danger of the module collecting litter on its base as it travels through the poultry house.
A further benefit of the full free mast is that it minimizes chance of impact damage to door structure, drinker and feeder equipment. This affords a win for both the “bio security” and H&S concerns. The large diameter tractor grip tires, all wheel traction with differential lock feature and 300 mm ground clearance enable the machine to operate smoothly in all manner of litter conditions. These features, together with a small turning radius contribute to reduced disturbance of litter which is also advantageous when thinning.
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