Heavy duty attachments
In recent years as ATV sales increased substantially, so too has the number of companies specialising in making ATV implements.
The range of attachments available to go with the ATV is what makes it such a valuable tool. They are popular across a range of enterprises and can perform many heavy duty operations such as spraying, towing, spreading, mowing and yard scraping to name but a few.
Northern Irish manufacturer Blaney Agri, incorporating Quad X, is a good example of a company whose products showcase the versatility of the ATV This firm designs and manufactures a host of ATV implements to help with grassland management, which is essential when ground conditions make access with a tractor impossible. The list of implements produced by the Ballymena-based company is growing every year.
Last month they ran a number of demonstration events at venues in Cork, Kilkenny and Tipperary. The demos showed farmers how to get more from their ATV and make it a more versatile machine on the farm. Implements demonstrated on the tour included feeding, bedding, shredding, fertiliser spreading, mowing, hedge cutting, weed sensing and swathing machines.
Gillian Bonner of Quad X says machines that can tackle problems such as overgrown vegetation prompted a lot of interest at the demos.
"We know farmers are very interested in this topic at the moment so our design team have come up with a few novel machines to cater for that market," she says.
"We have machines that go behind an ATV that can tackle rush and scrub, including our new Power Shredder mower. Another machine that got a great reaction at the demo days was our new Wipeout 2 weed wiper, designed to cut back in chemical use while giving a high weed kill rate in one pass and saving valuable clover."