Sod Collector (Type II - IV)
This machine is used to collect the sod peat from the spread ground into a rick clear of the spread ground.
The machine consists of a plate / chain conveyor extending the full width of the spread and elevates over the tractor unit where it discharges the sods onto a short screen conveyor and in turn onto the rick. The main conveyor is supported on caterpillar tracks for its horizontal length and the elevator portion is supported on the tractor unit. The short screen conveyor is also supported on the tractor unit.
The tractor unit has two caterpillar tracks and supports the electric driving motor and worm gearbox which powers the whole machine. The final drive to all caterpillar tracks on the tractor unit and conveyor is the adjustable ratchet type.
The conveyor is loaded by automatic elevator from prepared windrows or in some cases by hand from hand footings.
This machine is powered by a diesel engine on bogs which have no electricity available.
The automatic elevators are scraper type elevators supported at the top on a pivot beam from the main conveyor and on the bog by adjustable ground rollers. The scrapers of each elevator are driven independently by an electric motor and gearbox. The units are supported on the main conveyor, over the caterpillar tracks. The elevators are forced into the windrows spaced at 9 metres, the scrapers elevate the sods discharging them onto a fixed bar screen from which they bounce into the main conveyor.