Shelton CT150 Chain Trencher
Make waterlogged fields a thing of the past with the Shelton Chain Trencher 150. This versatile trencher has a maximum digging depth of 1.5 metres (5 foot) and can use laser grading to evenly install land drainage pipes on agricultural land giving longevity and efficiency to a drainage system. Tractor mounted and easy to operate, this machine gives you the opportunity to carry out drainage work, in house and at a time to suit you, during optimum trenching conditions for the best results.
In 2014 we highlighted a gap in the market for an affordable agricultural trencher for a number of reasons, mainly that many farms needed to either renew or improve their drainage systems as the farm drainage installed in the boom time 1960's and 70's was coming to the end of its life. Establishment costs for large drainage equipment make small jobs unaffordable and as many farmers are facing financial pressures DIY drainage becomes an attractive and affordable proposition. We also researched the market for installing ground source heat pumps due to the upsurge in installation as government funding grants were taken up by many homeowners. Our existing trenchers are designed for use on sportsturf and therefore unsuitable for agricultural land, hence we identified a gap in the market: “A tractor mounted machine with the laser grading accuracy to rival a self-propelled trencher at a fraction of the cost”.
We identified the following 'must have' criteria before we started the design of the machine in order to appeal to our target market (farmers) UK and overseas: The ability to operate on tractors in the 150-200hp range (the most popular sized tractors found on farms) to make in house drainage viable for farmers, accurate laser grading capability, a mechanical drive to the digging chain (for the most cost effective and efficient power transfer), a constant digging angle (to reduce power consumption and digging chain wear) and the capability of installing pipe in a one-pass operation. In September 2015, we were awarded a Rural Development Grant to progress with our development. The grant was key to the success of the project as it enabled us to use computer aided design to develop the production of the CT150 and to invest in the marketing of the product in a new market.
How it works:
The trench depth is controlled hydraulically from the tractor cab and the pipe layer lifts out of the ground for easy setting in at the start of the trench. The pipe is fed onto the trench bottom automatically through the pipe layer which is fed from the pipe reel. The digging chain is driven from the tractor PTO.
"A tractor mounted chain trencher with laser grading accuracy to rival a self propelled trencher"
Twin augers on either side of the digging chain move the soil to the edge of the trench so that it can be bladed back in after the addition of aggregate if required. The augers can be winched out of the way when setting in at ditches to minimise any damage to banks.
Getting the Job Done:
This machine is available to buy or alternatively you can hire to carry out your drainage.
"Installed pipes to improve drainage and combat blackgrass. Job done easily and accurately.
Drains already running after 2 weeks."
Bob Chapman (Farmer)
Click here to read the Farmers Weekly about the DIY Drainage that Bob Chapman carried out on his farm)