- Bunning returns to trailer manufacturing after 13 years
- New four model range from 14-20t
- Increased customer demand for trailer range a major factor in decision
G T Bunning and Sons will show a new redesigned four-model trailer range at LAMMA 2024, with the company returning to trailer manufacturing 13 years since building its last one.
The new four-model range will be built at Bunning’s factory at Gressenhall in Norfolk, and the company has a proven track record of building high-quality trailers that began in the 1960s. The reintroduction of the trailer line has been driven through increased customer demand and will maximise the 6,840m2 state of the art factory expansion that has been completed over the past two years.
Chris Druce, sales director at Bunning, explains why it is the right time to start building trailers again. “We have been asked by existing Bunning trailer customers for several years to start production again and our recent factory expansion has allowed us to streamline the build process with cutting edge technology. We’ve improved some key areas of the trailer that will please old and new customers and we are delighted with the final product.”
The new range is based on the old design but has been improved and modernised in certain areas and features a completely new tailboard. Four models will initially be available in 14, 16, 18 and 20t formats. Each will feature dual ADR axles with larger bearings and multi-leaf suspension replacing the single parabolic system.
The 4mm thick steel sides feature only one welded join along the length, which helps increase strength, and smooth internal faces prevent crops, such as potatoes, being damaged. The new design has a deeper top rail and wider rear corner posts, both now 80x120mm replacing the 80x80mm on the earlier models, offering further strength. The 300x150mm chassis remains from the previous trailers and the 200x200mm sprung drawbar has been proven on the spreader range.
The tailgate is a completely new design. It is constructed from pressed steel and is tapered from the sides to the grain chute to aid unloading. As the hydraulic tailgate closes against the trailer, a locking pin on either side is hydraulically activated as the ram completes its final travel. These pins hook onto the tailgate and pull it into the trailer, providing a tighter seal than the previous design. The grain hatch has been redesigned with plastic runners for easier operation.
On all models, the tapered body is 100mm wider at the rear to help loads transfer and reducing the need to tip the trailer as high when unloading. Load sensing air brakes are standard.
Chris concludes: “We know the trailer market is competitive and we haven’t cut corners to produce this range. We have built a high-quality trailer that builds on the reputation we already have and is aimed at users requiring a trailer that can stand the test of time.”
Optional extras include roll over sheet, weigh cells, silage sides, and various tyre options to suit user preferences. High load BKT 560/60 R22.5 tyres are fitted to the 16t trailer on Bunning’s stand (hall 6, stand 730) at LAMMA.