Front End Loader
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Middlewich Machinery and Front End Loaders
This is one of the most popular attachments for a tractor.
A front end loader is attached to front of the vehicle, and is usually in the form of two metal arms that can then be fitted to the vehicle so other equipment or attachments can be put in place for use around your golf course, sports field or attraction.
You can get the jobs you need to do completed quickly and efficiently with proper use of the front end loader attachment.
What is a Front End Loader?
For tractors, front end loader usually consists of detachable lifting arms that are mounted onto a frame at the front of the tractor.
Then a popular add-on is a large bucket which is perfect for picking up large amounts of earth, gravel, sand, bales, timber, fertiliser and grass.
Sometimes you can dig with this type of implement too, although you are strongly advised to ask the experts about this as using it wrongly can cause damage.
What Does I Need a Front End Loader For?
The main task is to move lots of heavy materials about including snow, soil, manure, compost and similar.
Common tasks that are connected with using front end loaders of this type include scooping or skimming.
Once you get to grips with your front end loader you can also grade materials.
If you are the owner of an outdoor area, a small holding, a farm, golf course or similar, then chances are you’re responsible for a lot of jobs.
Health and Safety
As with all tractor equipment and machinery, safe usage is of the highest priority.
As well as keeping yourself safe, think of other around you.
And also correct usage ensures no damage is done to your attachments or agricultural vehicle.
Ensure no-one is behind, in front or at the side of you when using any of your front end loader attachments.
Other elements to consider are ensuring your wheels are at the right setting, making sure you’re carrying any loads at a low level. Be wary of power cables and always remove any attachments when not in use.
Inspect the route and be wary of any pot holes etc.
Can a Front Loader have other attachments?
Yes! Other pieces of kit include bale grappler, clamshell bucket, bucket teeth, forks, or a pallet fork.
Bucket teeth are handy for digging, while forks can transform your tractor into a temporary forklift up to certain weights.
Bale spears does what is says on the tin and is a tapered spear that can penetrate and lift a hay bale. Be wary of the restrictions of this attachment; i.e., use a suitable spear for the bales you need to shift.
A grapple is hydraulically powered ‘jaws’ and is great for log shifting.
What to do next?
We can advise you as to the best equipment for your needs.
What you need or can have will depend on commercial use, and the jobs you need to do.
Get in touch with Middlewich Machinery for further information.