Sod Peat Bagger/Excavator (Type 6)
Type – 6
The machine consists of a sturdy main frame, supported on power driven caterpillar tracks, which carries the various units and their transmission drives and to which is attached a spreader arm.
The turf is excavated by a multi-bucket type digger boom which is retractable to facilitate operation at varying depths, and is pivoted on the main machine so that it can be stowed for idle travel. The boom cuts a face bank at 600 to the horizontal. The turf is discharged from boom buckets into a scraper conveyor, and in turn, into a screw conveyor and twin screw macerator. The macerator extrudes the turf onto the spreader plate chain which carries the extrusion for a distance of 54 metres, when it is discharged to the bog surface. Cutting discs trailing behind the spreader arm, marks the extrusion into sods as the machine advances.
The machine is powered by electricity, and friction clutches are fitted to all motor drives for starting up. All unit drives are protected by shear pins.
The machine is fitted with lights for night work and equipped with a short wave radio transmitting /receiving set.