As well as learning about the benefits of land forming, visitors to this year's Cereals were the first to see Mastenbroek's 2022 CT12 crawler truck. The truck, the first to be sold, took centre stage on William Morfoot's stand in the National Association of Agricultural Contractors' drainage hub.
Featuring a redesigned operator cab, the 2022 CT12 offers more internal space without increasing its footprint. Mastenbroek has also improved access to the cab with a larger door and upgraded steps and handrails.
Once inside the cab, the controls have been brought closer to hand and feature an improved ergonomic design.
Mastenbroek has added electronic track control to the CT12, which replaces the manual leavers found on previous models.
With colder days in mind, Mastenbroek is now fitting heated windows to the front and right-hand side.
The 2022 CT12 can also be specified with a 360-degree camera system to provide the operator with complete visibility of their surroundings.
Following Cereals, the CT12 will join Morfoot’s existing fleet of Mastenbroek machines and will be used to shift gravel backfill around arable farmland in conjunction with the company’s farm drainage operations - which involves the precision placement of gravel over newly laid land drainage pipes.
Based in Norfolk, William Morfoot has been draining and improving agricultural land since 1962, delivering what the company's managing director, Tim Sisson, says is "A high standard of workmanship backed up by the latest equipment to provide customers with a standard of service that is second to none."
William Morfoot has used Mastenbroek machines since the 1980s and owns three trenching machines, and three tracked gravel carts.
While William Morfoot did look at other manufacturers for its new crawler truck, Mr Sisson says that "Mastenbroek is a trusted partner of our business with whom we have had a long working relationship. Therefore, we were very confident that purchasing this machine from them would satisfy our requirements, especially having purchased similar machines before.
"We always consider other options when making any substantial purchases. The marketplace is constantly evolving, with different manufacturers offering different machines and ideas. However, for this purchase, Mastenbroek was the best choice.
"Mastenbroek's crawler truck offers everything we were looking for, and the new cab is more spacious than previous models and offers better visibility."
Introduced in 1983 to install aggregate backfill for sub-surface land drainage, the CT12 has benefitted from numerous upgrades since then. Today, the crawler truck offers the perfect combination of features demanded by agricultural drainage contractors, including Volvo Penta's D8 EU Stage V emission compliant engine and low ground pressure suspended and oscillating undercarriage with high tracking speeds.
The discharge conveyor system is designed for controlled, accurate placement of backfill material either directly into a trench or a hopper mounted on the trencher. The front swing conveyor is controlled by a joystick for left and right-hand discharge through 180 degrees and variable heights up to 2.75m. A hydraulic hopper door combined with variable speed control on all conveyors allows the flow rate of the material to be adjusted as well.
In addition to the forward conveyor, the CT12 also features a tipping hopper allowing it to be used as a dump truck to haul aggregate along pipeline rights of way.