A machine designed and developed for operation on bogs, being prepared for, or operating on, moss peat production.
The machine is supplied with a variety of attachments to suit specific duties and for Bord na Móna 's application it is fitted with the slit drainer, the drain cleaner and the levelling screw.
The tractor is of light construction with the chassis fabricated from folded steel sections supported on two tracks each comprising two chains carrying steel swamp shoes, running on end sprockets and frictionless bearing mounted intermediate support rollers. The power unit is an air-cooled diesel engine by a reputable manufacturer and the transmission consists of an over-centre single plate clutch, vee belt drive, specially designed four¬ speed gearbox and chain drives to tracks and power take¬ off for attachments. Additional sprockets are supplied to give a variety of forward speeds to suit specific attachments. Steering is effected by coil clutch and brake bands.
The machine is fitted with a hydraulic system to control the level of the various attachments.
All controls are centralised in a totally enclosed cab adequately glazed.
The slit drainage attachment is used to open initial drains in new bog. It comprises a cutting boom of small buckets carried on special chains and sprockets. The con¬tent of the buckets is discharged mechanically into a vane type spinner which throws the spoil clear of the drain.
The drain cleaner/digger attachment is the same as the slit drainer but cuts a wider drain and is used to deepen and maintain drains after the first sod cut is made.
The screw leveller attachment is used for the prepar¬ation of fields on moss peat bogs to remove the vegetation and level the surface to facilitate the performance of cutting machines and the stability of the sod walls formed by these machines. The attachment has the facility to camber surfaces.