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Test: Teagle Titan 12

Simplicity and strength are key points of the Teagle Titan 12. Farm Trader takes a closer look at the machine.

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Reduce, reuse, recycle has become a common catchphrase aimed at encouraging society to decrease the demand for resources and around waste. Farmers have been putting this into practice with recycling programmes such as the Plasback and Agrecovery schemes. The other form of recycling on farm is that of nutrients within the system, and this is where machinery such as the Teagle Titan 12 comes into play.

There are a number of chicken and duck farms with large sheds in the Waikato that need to be regularly cleaned out. This waste material is a great source of nutrients, from the bird dung along with organic matter from the bedding, usually some form of woodchip. The dairy goat industry has a similar product from its housed goat farm systems, and this setting was one of the products we worked with for testing the Teagle Titan 12, sourced from Power & Earth. The other was waste from a large cow concrete feed pad, a semi-solid product – probably not the usual consistency of material spread by a chain and driven spreader with floor bars.

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Test time

With between 12 and 14 cubic meters of product loaded, everything is pretty straightforward, thanks to the well-thought-out Teagle design and features. Simply head to the paddock and start the PTO, which is 1000rpm speed for larger model Titans such as the 12 and 15, then open the door to the desired height to give the application required. Different products have different spread widths due to particle size.

The wide-angle PTO allows for comfortable turning at headlands without having to turn off the spreading beaters. Hydraulic and air brakes were fitted to the test machine, so there should be no reason for the weight of the spreader to push the tractor around. The large leaf spring system used in the drawbar further decreases the load and shock on the tractor. Finally, the large 580/70R 38 tyres (standard) give minimal rolling resistance, so can be operated with tractors from 140hp up depending on the spreading conditions (flat/rolling, etc).

When it comes to loading, I found that the almost five-metre internal bin length was a good size for loading with a 2.4-metre bucket. This allowed you to get two bucket widths in, so an even load, without getting a heap in the middle, as a shorter machine would. At just under eight metres overall length and with an overall width of 2.9 metres, there was also no problem getting through gateways, plus, the dimensions are good for stability and within road rules in terms of width.

The simple but effective auto cover for the road lights operates off the back spreading door as it opens, so these are covered while spreading and become visible again when the door is closed. This is a particularly useful feature when road work is involved.

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The Teagle Titan is ideal for loading with either a telehandler or tractor front-end loader

Spreading

While there are muck spreaders available with augers to feed the spreading unit, which are sealed and great for semi-solid materials, they don’t tend to handle foreign objects that can be found in large heaps of muck so well, for example, timber or rocks. Although with a chain floor slat system you can’t get a perfect seal, the rubber seals front and rear do a good job of keeping the load on till you reach your spreading destination. I found that on the wetter muck, all you really lost was the material on the chains/slats that fell off underneath, which does take a bit of time to clean up at the end of the job. On the wetter material, I would work on a spread width of approximately 20 metres and with drier, lighter material, more like 12 metres approximately.

The twin vertical beaters have a large overlap to produce a fine spread, which I think is important, as this material is becoming increasingly valuable. Farmers may look to apply a light rate of this after paddocks are grazed as fertiliser, as it contains nitrogen, along with nutrients in an organic form.

The tip speed of the spreaders and door height and floor speed (if fitted) allow you to apply at the desired rate. For future-proofing your machine, you can add scales, etc. and spread accurate rates per hectare, with tractor mapping providing proof of placement.

Having a good-sized machine like the Teagle Titan 12 able to spread a wide range of materials is a great versatile option, rather than requiring the cost of owning different spreaders for different jobs. I am aware of some guys even using them for lime spreading, getting even more value out of one machine.

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Fold-out ladder comes in handy for cleaning and inspecting

Construction

Designed for strength and longevity, Teagle Titan spreaders should give years of trouble-free operation. Twin floor chains with a combined breaking load of 83 tonnes should be adequate for most challenges. Large, full-width floor slats help clean out the load, and with only two chains and two adjusters at the front of the machine, these are easily accessible should they need adjusting.

The drive sprockets are a one-piece welded design – the ultimate in strength. Although Teagle has years of experience designing muck spreaders, they still use the latest in CAD design software to continually improve and refine these machines. At construction phase, a special rollover welding jig is used, where more than 30 hours of welding takes place on the 5mm steel floor, 4mm steel sides.

The Teagle Titan 12 we tested is still looking good, even after almost three years as a hire machine, thanks to the shot blasting it receives before being oven baked with two-pack paint system. At the business end, the augers and flight tips are made of boron steel. Boron steel has 6.5 times greater wear resistance than mild steel and twice the flexural strength of mild steel for greater service life of components. The flight tips on the auger are reversible to get full use out of each one.

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Large single axle tyres provide good manoeuvrability and ground clearance

The spreading disc is actually a flail set-up so if it does happen to strike an object from within a load, it folds back, doing less damage to itself or the gearboxes. One small thing I found while working with the Teagle unit and the Valtra tractor on test day was that the hoses and cables wanted to hang down near the PTO shaft. However, it’s an easy fix – if there was more of a gooseneck, lifting the hoses higher from the machine should keep the slack further from the PTO shaft.

About Teagle

Teagle has been producing farm machinery since 1943. With its first trailer spreader produced in 1963, the brand certainly has plenty of experience in the business, which is why I would put them in the top two rear discharge spreaders available in the New Zealand market at this stage. From basic side discharge spreaders to the current machines available today, Teagle has built a solid reputation for muck spreading equipment. Power & Earth is the New Zealand importer and distributor for Teagle and as well as muck spreaders, have straw bale processors and mounted three-point linkage fertiliser spreaders available.

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Load capacity 12.1 cubic meters standard, 14.8 cubic meters with hungry boards

Summary

Simplicity and strength are key points of the Teagle Titan 12 (and the rest of the Teagle Titan spreader range). Having used the larger Teagle Titan 15 previously, I found the same exacting attention to detail and build quality across the Titan 12. Offering a useful carrying capacity, this Titan 12 is a better match to the 180–200hp mid-size frame tractors I generally run – and which many other farmers have as part of their fleet.

Another winning factor of this size spreader is the lower loading height. Other standout factors are the ability to handle a variety of products with consistent, even spreading pattern, which allows low rates to be used, such as applying a light rate of fertiliser or even lime spreading. If you’re after a muck spreader that can handle whatever you can throw at it, the Teagle ticks pretty much all of the boxes you could throw at it.

Teagle Titan 12 Specifications

Capacity 12.1m3 (heaped)
Capacity with side extensions 14.8m3 (heaped)
Length 7.9m
Width 2.9m (standard tyres)
Loading height 2.23m
Internal length 4.49m
Internal width 1.5–1.9m
Tyres 580/70R-38
Suspension Drawbar, leaf suspension
Brakes Hydraulic 
Controls Electronic floor (option)
Paint Shot blasted with oven dried two pack paint system
Options Larger tyres, side extensions, weigh cells, electronic floor speed control

Pros

  • Build quality
  • Able to spread a variety of materials semi-solid to dry
  • Easy to operate
  • Practical design minimises potential problem areas

Cons

  • Hoses hang near the PTO shaft (higher gooseneck on the spreader would get around this)

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Photography: Mark Fouhy

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