Teagle has announced its new range of Titan muckspreaders, which it says are designed and manufactured to suit the needs of modern farms, in the UK and overseas
Teagle has announced its new range of Titan muckspreaders, which it says are designed and manufactured to suit the needs of modern farms, in the UK and overseas. The official public launch isn’t until July, but at a press launch held at Moreton Morrell College in Warwickshire two of the new models were demonstrated. Farmers Guide machinery editor David Williams was invited.The new Titan spreaders are manufactured in the UK by Teagle at its Cornwall base. In front, the 10m3 Titan 10 and behind the smaller Titan 8 with 8m3 capacity.Teagle Titan muckspreaders have been sold since the 1970s, when the company’s first rear discharge spreader was launched. During the 1980s Tornado side-discharge spreaders were added to the range, but in 2000 manufacture of all spreaders was stopped and Teagle began importing the French-built Leboulch rear discharge models for the UK maket. The agreement with Leboulch allowed for UK distribution only and by 2011, with overseas demand for Teagle’s own-built products increasing rapidly, the company began designing its own range of spreaders, incorporating features and performance requested by customers, and which it would be able to export.”By spring 2011, we had approximately 250 muck spreaders working on farms in the UK with loyal customers and good dealers,” says Teagle UK sales manager Jim Squires. “Having ended the import arrangement with Leboulch we had no product to offer for a period, but because we had full control of the development process, we were able to design, test and build the new machines quickly and efficiently.”By March 2012 the first prototype Titan 10 was undergoing trials, and 12 months later the full range of five models, from 6-12 m3 capacity was launched, following extensive trials with a full range of spread materials. The spreaders are designed to apply material rapidly and evenly.Features demanded
Teagle sales director Tom Teagle explains that a competitive price was top of the list of customer requirements; “Price is obviously important, and after that came spreader capacity. The rated capacity should be the true capacity; ours is stated in cubic metres and calculated with the slurry gate shut, because although the gate is optional most spreaders are supplied with one. Spread performance is important, more so now than in the past, and users are keen to have a fine shred quality and even application across the spread width.“The spreader has to be designed to provide strength where needed. It is easy to just add more steel, but it adds weight and cost, and by using sophisticated computer programmes to analyse stresses and weak points, we were able to design the spreaders to withstand regular use while reducing unladen weight and maximising capacity. The spreading system is subjected to high amounts of stress and wear and we have been able to design ours for excellent spread performance, and a long working life. Reliability and maintenance requirements are also important as spreaders often sit outside for most of the year and are then expected to be available to work after minimal preparation.(Pictured left: The spreader assembly is wider than the bed. Large diameter beaters with a shallow auger flight are used to chop thoroughly and spread evenly. The beaters pictured are fitted with paddles for effective spreading of light loose materials.)”Stability, ease of loading and manoeuvrability are all important to users too, and we believe our new Titan spreaders are just what are needed by the industry.” Spread performance
The beater system is wider than the body of the spreader which has allowed larger diameter beaters to be used. This feature has a direct impact on performance. For example if the beater diameter is increased by 10 per cent, the tip speed increases by 10 per cent, and that provides more effective spreading, explains Tom. “The support tubes of our augers are up to 40 per cent wider than those used by some of the competition, and the augers have a shallow pitch providing a greater effective working length, ensuring effective shredding. Throughout their length the pitch varies to provide effective spreading combined with the shredding action,” says Tom.With their low sides and wide body Titan spreaders are easy to load as well as being stable.At the base of the beater drums, a set of loose-swinging heavy flails helps protect the driveline from shock from any solid objects within the muck and the beaters are cleverly designed to be suitable for spreading both light, loose materials such as chicken litter, as well as more traditional FYM, the spreading tips being easily replaced with wider paddles for the lighter materials. The augers themselves are manufactured without any steps, to ensure even spread and distribution.Bed chain design
“Spreader bed chains are an issue for farmers and an important aspect of spreaders’ reliability,” says Tom. Material feed is by a twin-chain system. Slats are attached with u-bolts making them easy to change. “The new spreaders have dual chains, with slats attached by u-bolts and this means there are half as many wearing parts as there would be on a four-chain system, making it easier to maintain. We have over 30 years’ experience with dual chain and slat systems on our products. There are only two adjusters, bent or damaged slats can be easily and quickly replaced and the chains are capable of taking seven times the maximum pull that can be generated before the bed drive relief valve acts.”Teagle area sales manager Chris White says the new spreaders are just what are needed for his dealers and users. “We have always been known for offering spreaders with the best spread pattern, and these new spreaders will continue that reputation. Being able to spread different materials just by swapping the beater tips is a feature especially attractive to contractors or on farms spreading multiple products.”The first batch of new Titan spreaders, manufactured in its existing factory, is all sold and full production is due to start this summer when a new 1,100m2 assembly hall will be completed. The Titan’s official launch will be in July at the NEC Livestock Event, but there are already orders from the UK as well as New Zealand, Greece and Canada.”Rear discharge spreaders are in demand,” says Jim, “offering precise and even application which allows the fertiliser to work effectively. The smaller models will appeal to farmers wanting full control over their spreading while the larger 10 and 12m3 machines, will be popular with large farms and contractors. It is great being able to offer a product which is produced in the UK, because we know farmers prefer to buy British where possible, especially as that guarantees best possible back-up and parts availability.”(Pictured left: The automatic light protectors are a clever feature, covering the lights when the slurry gate is open.)
Prices start at 20,985 for the Titan 6 on standard 16.9-30 tyres, and complete with slurry gate. The largest Titan 12, with standard 580/70R38 tyres is priced at 29,485. Options for both models include electronic bed speed control at 650 and compost/poultry bedding beater tips at 385.Teagle Facts
Teagle, which commenced trading in 1943, is owned and run by the Teagle family, and employs 140 staff, including eight in research and development. The company specialises in machinery for livestock farms, from feeders to grass mowers, as well as cultivation products for arable farms, and it also manufactures fertiliser broadcasters and handles the distribution of the Centerliner precision series. Total turnover is approximately 12M, having doubled in the past seven years, and some 45 per cent of production is exported, with overseas sales growing at 25 per cent per year. More than half the company’s sales are for Tomahawk feeders and bedders, of which approximately 1,000 are produced annually. Pictured (l-r) Chris White, Jim Squires and Tom Teagle.