Keyo Agricultural Services celebrating 50th years in the poultry industry have received a specially commissioned Combi-RT, with striking gold livery to complement their new Volvo FH500 tractor unit featuring the same golden regalia.
The new Volvo is coupled with a new Krone ‘Dry Liner’ box trailer, used to transport three of Combilift’s new forklift trucks, specially developed for the poultry sector. The three Combi-RTs are part of part of a 12 truck expansion of Keyo’s thirty-four strong fleet of Combilift live receiving forklifts. It was developed in cooperation with Keyo, one of Britain’s largest providers to the poultry processing industry, and had its UK launch at their headquarters earlier in 2017.
The Combi-RT was developed, by Combilift, as a purpose-built forklift to make the whole process of handling and transporting live poultry faster, quieter and less stressful to the animals.
The Combi-RT includes a clear view, three-stage mast with full free lift. Its low profile allows it to work under the low-level eaves inside the poultry house, while the large diameter tyres, with differential lock and 300mm (12inch) 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. Smooth control of both drive and mast functions result in a more gentle handling of the full modules, contributing to lower stress levels.
Keyo director Mark van den Bos praised the machine because it offers a high level of operator comfort in a typically harsh environment. “Drivers spend long periods in the cab and the Combi RT’s deep suspension seat is very beneficial to their comfort and reduces fatigue for enhanced health and safety. The offset driving position and excellent visibility through the mast also affords a good view of the modules and enables them to be easily slotted into place on the trailer.” The Combi-RT has been engineered to minimise the risk of feathers and dust getting into vehicle parts such as the radiator and oil coolers which are fully sealed, as is the rear wheel arch which prevents dirt build up in the chassis.
The hydrostatic drive means that there are no mechanical brakes to adjust or repair, and access to components for servicing is very straightforward, keeping maintenance costs down.The Combi-RT comes as standard with a clear-view 3-stage mast with full-free lift facility. 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 any loss of speed to take them directly to the waiting catchers, reducing the 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 minimises any chance of impact damage to door structure, drinker and feeder equipment, good for both the biosecurity and health & safety concerns. The large diameter tractor grip tyres, all wheel traction with differential-lock feature and 300mm (12”) ground clearance enable the machine to operate smoothly in all manner of litter conditions.
Combilift would like to congratulate Keyo and wish them success in the future