A leading agricultural machinery specialist has taken a significant step towards ensuring the safety and reliability of agricultural trailers and balers it services and repairs by investing in the state-of-the-art agricultural brake tester from workshop equipment experts Totalkare.
Nicholsons (Stalham, Norfolk) specialises in new and used agricultural machinery, supplying Case IH, Pottinger, Weidemann, McHale, and more. The investment in this brake testing equipment promises to revolutionise the maintenance and safety of agricultural trailers and balers while safeguarding the well-being of workers and road users alike.
90% of trailers fail to meet statutory brake specifications
Agricultural trailers and vehicles play a crucial role in the farming industry, transporting heavy loads on both private land and public highways. Given the constant wear and tear these trailers endure, regular brake testing is paramount to prevent mechanical failures and potential accidents. A recent report by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) highlighted that 90% of the trailers tested failed to meet statutory brake specifications, underscoring the need for improved brake maintenance in the industry.
Totalkare’s agricultural brake tester is designed to meet and exceed these requirements. With an impressive load capacity of 16,000 to 20,000kg, 1,250mm rollers, a hydraulic power station to operate the trailer braking system, and an axle pull-down system for load simulation, it offers a comprehensive solution for brake testing.
Crucially, Nicholsons’ new brake tester provides a higher level of detail about the condition and efficiency of brakes on each axle compared to conventional decelerometers. It also complies with both the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Road Vehicle (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986.
“Game changer for us”
In addition to its technical prowess, Totalkare’s agricultural brake tester offers various features, including a large display, a comprehensive computer package comprising a PC, printer, and handheld tablet, specific agricultural diagnostic printouts, single or bi-directional rollers, and suitability for indoor or outdoor use. Its flexibility makes it an ideal choice for workshops in the agricultural sector.
Commenting on this strategic investment, Terry Seaman, After Sales manager at Nicholsons, expressed his satisfaction, saying, “Totalkare’s agricultural brake tester is a game-changer for us. It provides an in-depth analysis of our trailer brakes, ensuring that we meet all legal requirements. We are impressed not only with the product but also with the excellent training and service provided by Totalkare.”
Tristan Johnston, Product Manager at Totalkare, stressed the significance of this innovation in the agriculture industry, stating, “Agriculture is a vital sector, and we are committed to supporting its growth. Our agricultural brake tester really raises the standards in terms of ensuring trailers and balers are fit for road use, and Nicholsons’ investment underlines the importance of regular brake testing for agricultural vehicles in the UK.”