An Avant 420 was the machine of choice when Brian James Trailers of Daventry was looking for a replacement tug for moving completed trailers around its busy storage area.
The company manufactures a wide range of high quality trailers designed for carrying everything from construction plant to racing cars and previously it had used a conventional forklift equipped with a towing frame for shuttling trailers around its site.
However, following the purchase of nearby land to cope with an expansion of the business, the forklift was no longer able to be used because the new storage park did not have a smooth concrete or asphalt surface.
The search was therefore on for a compact, 4-wheel drive machine with an ability to raise and lower the tow ball attachment from the driver’s seat. This latter feature is very important as it avoids the operator having to constantly get on and off the machine to wind countless jockey wheel handles.
Commenting on the decision to purchase an Avant mini loader for the application, Brandon James said: "The Avant has proved to be the perfect machine for us because its hydraulic arm can be positioned with great precision and safety when hooking-up to trailers. Being articulated, it is also highly manoeuvrable and hence able to place trailers exactly where we need them."
The 420 model selected by Brian James Trailers is powered by a reliable Kubota 14 kW (20 hp) engine and features an off-centre boom to provide the driver with an unrestricted view of the job in hand. Weighing in at 980 kg, the machine is equipped as standard with a ROPS safety frame with a tinted plexiglass roof cover and its hydrostatic drive gives a useful speed range from 0 – 12 km/h.