Install Primary and Secondary Drainage with a Shelton Supertrencher: Shelton’s award winning Supertrencher+ trenchers are designed to install primary and secondary drainage systems on any amenity grass with minimal ground disturbance making them ideal for the busy sportsturf market, as minimal recovery time is required before the turf is back in play. In fact it is even possible to drain today and play tomorrow!
The initial concept of the Supertrencher came about 8 years ago after the team received a number of enquiries from customers asking for a trenching machine with improved performance in wet conditions. After much discussion and design work, the Supertrencher +625 launched in 2009; a trencher which is capable of installing the majority of drainage systems and remains a bestseller today. It was shortly followed by the Supertrencher +760 the largest trencher in the range and then the 2 smaller machines the 560 and 450. O’Carroll Sportsturf Contractors in County Offaly in Ireland are one of Sheltons longest standing customers and have been running Shelton Supertrencher 625’s for over 15 years.
Brian O’Carroll said: “We diversified our landscaping business into the sportsturf market over 15 years ago and we did a lot of research into finding a machine which would perform to our requirements. We have now had four Supertrencher 625’s in the fleet which we use in conjunction with a Shelton 6 Tonne Fast Flow. I’ve operated other trenchers when I worked for a sportsturf drainage contractor in Australia and I think the finish you get with a Shelton machine is second to none. They are always trying to improve their machinery for the benefit of the operators and welcome feedback, even if it’s making little tweaks to improve such as the fact you can change the cutters through a removable section of hood which makes it much easier and quicker, as you are standing up. We have a policy of continuously investing in our machinery and using Shelton trenchers alongside flotation tyres means we get a really good clean finish with minimal disturbance and ultimately that’s what greenkeepers are looking for.”
There are 4 trenchers in the Supertrencher range; the 450, 560, 625 and the 760, each number relating to the maximum depth of the trench the machine can install, so the Supertrencher+760 will accurately dig trenches up to 760mm in depth and up to 155mm wide and the whole range can be fitted with laser guiding capability.
How the Supertrencher+ works
The Supertrencher+’s digging wheel, in line with the centre of the tractor, excavates soil from the trench which is thrown into a large aperture at the front of the machine, and then elevated via two conveyors into a trailer or dumper running alongside, leaving a clean trench which is ready for laying piping or any other service required. The Supertrencher+’s conveyor mounting point is hinged so that it can be turned through 90° to lay alongside the body of the machine for transport. Moving the conveyor to the transport position opens up a massive inspection port should the need arise to look inside the housing. Conveyor height and depth of trench are adjusted hydraulically.
The 2 speed gearbox driving the digging wheel enables the operator to better match the digging speed of the wheel to the soil conditions, slow for wet soils and fast for hard dry soils. The offset of this gearbox enables the machine to run down the centre of the tractor whilst still maintaining minimum PTO operating angles, so reducing the wear on the universal joints.
For more information on the Supertrencher call in to see Shelton Drainage on stand B11 will the BTME on 23-25 January.
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