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Top team supplies trailer technology

ADR UK Tyremart Ltd is part of the international ADR Group which is the leading manufacturer and supplier of agricultural axles and suspension in the world.

The company is a key supplier of running gear to many of the leading trailer manufacturers in the UK and has been in business since 1979, and currently has 15 employees.

The ADR UK Tyremart team.

Customer service is one of the main drivers for ADR UK Tyremart, and forming close collaborative relationships with customers is key to the business, says the company. This understanding of the customer needs enables ADR UK Tyremart to work closely with trailer manufacturers to develop running gear solutions for a variety of applications.

With the back up of the ADR technical team in Italy, ADR UK Tyremart is able to undertake technical projects from initial advice through to completion.

There is a vast array of running gear products at the 5,380ft2 premises in Long Bennington, Newark and this is complemented by a 3-man engineering and fabrication team giving the company the ability to build up axles and suspensions into units. This is especially useful for customers who have capacity issues, or customers refurbishing and wanting a fully aligned unit to put directly onto their chassis.

ADR says it is continually developing products as demands on the modern trailer increase, the most recent range of commercial axles feature the latest teknoax technology with a monobloc forged spindle, large bearings and improvements in seals and tolerances. This range of axles has proved very popular with trailer manufacturers.

Tried and tested trailers

Bailey trailers was founded by Tom Bailey in Lincolnshire in 1982. The company belief is that in order for farmers to rely on equipment it must be made using the most advanced technology, components and processes, complimented by meticulous design and rigorous testing.

Many of the innovations in a Bailey trailer have been introduced as a result of consultation with farmers. The premise is simple – if the farmer’s idea is right and it works then Bailey will fit it, says the company.

With more than 100 configurations available Bailey offers a comprehensive range of trailers.

Features include bevelled edges, which eliminates materials gathering on the trailer and the swan neck design of the pipe holder, which channels all pipes and cables away from the rear tractor link arms. 

From arable to vegetables or silage, with more than 100 configurations available, Bailey offers a comprehensive range of trailers. Backing everything up is a network of more than 100 dealers covering all corners of the UK.

Testing your brakes

Trailer brakes are a wearing part and need adjustment to keep performing well, highlights the NFU’s ‘Farm Vehicle Health Check’.

The standard at which brakes operate is known as the braking efficiency. Measurement of braking efficiency requires specialised equipment not normally present in farm workshops, but may be available from a local approved brake test provider. Information on dealers who can carry out brake testing is available from BAGMA.

Agricultural vehicles which do not travel faster than 40kph (25mph) are required to have a minimum braking efficiency of 25 per cent. Agricultural vehicles travelling faster than 40kph will need higher specification brakes, including ABS, dual-line fail safe braking systems and a minimum brake efficiency of 45 per cent.

In general, agricultural trailers which do not travel faster than 40kph must:

  • Be capable of applying the brakes to at least two wheels on a trailer with less than four wheels, and to at least four wheels on a trailer with more than four wheels
  • Have a parking brake capable of preventing at least two of the wheels from revolving when the trailer is not being pulled
  • Achieve a brake efficiency of at least 25 per cent.

In general, agricultural trailers which do travel faster than 40kph must:

  • Be capable of applying the brakes to at least two wheels on a trailer with less than four wheels, and to at least four wheels on a trailer with more than four wheels
  • Have a two-line fail-safe braking system for trailers not equipped with over-run brakes
  • Have ABS
  • Achieve a braking efficiency of at least 45 per cent

The NFU’s Farm Vehicle Health Check is available from the NFU website

Has your trailer passed the Tilly test?

More than 5,000 trailers have now been inspected and certified as being in roadworthy condition through the Tilly Trailer initiative. Clemmie Gleeson reports.

The scheme calls for all farm trailers to undergo an annual 18-point inspection by qualified land-based engineers to ensure their safety.

The initiative was launched by Jane Gurney and her family following the death of her son Harry Christian-Allan who was tragically killed in 2014 when the tractor and trailer he was driving crashed into a bridge. The trailer was later found to be poorly maintained and the brakes were faulty.

The Tilly 18-point inspection profile was developed in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and BCH Road Traffic Policing unit. It is intended for trailers capable of carrying loads of 10t and over although it can be applied to any braked items typically found on a farm. 

A Tilly inspection is carried out on the farm allowing the opportunity for every trailer to be inspected to the Tilly standard by an authorised mechanic either working within a larger dealership or independently.

One key characteristic of the inspection is that all wheels are removed to allow the brakes to be fully assessed. “It is the only way to really know your machine,” said Jane. Another checkpoint is the towing eye, she added. “The towing eye is what keeps your rig together. If there is more than 10 per cent wear or it has changed shape it should be replaced not repaired.”

Trailers that pass the test are given a ‘Tilly pass’ sticker certificate to be displayed on the trailer’s tailgate. The 2019 Tilly is red and white but the colour will change each year. The inspection is recorded in detail on a uniquely numbered maintenance sheet which includes the certificate number and chassis number. This record is retained in triplicate with copies for the farmer and mechanic and the third copy being returned and retained by Tilly Pass where a hard copy is stored and the details are also entered on a database.

The tragic death of Harry Christian-Allan prompted his mother Jane Gurney to investigate trailer safety and ultimately to launch the Tilly scheme.

Exceeded target

The Tilly scheme launched in April 2018 and Jane told Farmers Guide that she initially set a target of having 100 trailers inspected by the following autumn. However that target was exceeded ten-fold and in July this number reached 5,050.

“We have had tremendous support from trailer manufacturers,” said Jane. “By the autumn we will have a total of 250 outlets including dealerships and independent land-based engineers signed up to the scheme.”

Another success was two-days’ training which was attended by 150 police officers from 14 different forces which covered trailer safety and what officers should look for.

“At the moment it is law to properly maintain and check your trailers but it is not law for someone to check you are doing it,” she added. She was hopeful this would change in the future and that the Trailer and Towing Safety All Party Parliamentary Group launched in April this year would ‘move things forward’. 

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