The PEAKHANDLER is a multi-purpose machine
developed for the easy restraint and handling of sheep. The machine has
been designed and built for use by the grazier or contractor, it can be
operated easily by an inexperienced person. The use of curved, tubular
materials in contact areas plus the ability to regulate the pressure
applied to the body of each sheep results in minimal stress and
discomfort to the animals during processing.
Most farm type air compressors will supply
plenty of air to operate the PEAKHANDLER, 10
cfm is all that's required. Maximum pressure
need not exceed 90 psi, the required grabbing
force on the sheep is adjusted by the operator’s setting on the air
pressure regulator. The air powered
rotation pressure can also be regulated as required.
The roll-over section of the PEAKHANDLER
is air powered with the help of counter-balance
of the weight of the sheep held in each of the two cradles, one
is inverted, the other standing.
During operation, no effort
is required at all, just the flick of a handle
using one hand. Left hand versions of the PEAKHANDLER can
be made at request.
The PEAKHANDLER is available with
the recommended leadup ramp/race. The dual
1.5m (3m) ramp has two small gates, one half way and one at the
entrance which are held open by springs until a sheep moves past, the
weight on the floor activates the gate to close, preventing the sheep
from reversing. A complete leadup system can be supplied to help
facilitate a smooth, easy flow of sheep to the machine.
The sheep waiting in the entry ramp enters
the machine when the rear gate opens, it sees the sheep leaving the
other end and is drawn in. It cannot walk through the machine because
the exit gate is closed, when the sheep enters this area its weight
depresses the floor which activates a valve, the rear gate is closed
When the operator has completed the job on
a sheep the grab actuating valve is flicked by the left thumb, the empty
cradle instantly grabs the next sheep firmly around the body area. The
rollover release handle is then pulled resulting in the sheep lying
inverted, comfortable and fully restrained.
During the rollover cycle the previously
restrained sheep is returned to its feet and released, it walks out the
open exit gate. As it vacates the machine it releases a mechanism which
automatically closes the exit gate. As the exit gate closes air is
released from the entry gate and it opens allowing the next sheep to
enter the machine. When this next sheep is within the machine its weight
triggers an air valve which activates the air chamber on the rear gate,
it closes behind the sheep.
With the sheep held inverted a full crutch
can be performed without any back-bending at all. The head and tail
rests raise each end of the sheep to allow easy wigging and crutching
without obstruction. A flexible drive cable driving the handpiece is
maneuverable and is the preferred equipment for crutching. Drenching,
vaccinating wet and drying and teeth grinding can also be performed.
High through-put and accurate results without stress can be achieve with
If foot treatment, paring or inspection is
being performed, the PEAKHANDLER can be set to one of the lower height
settings on the four supporting legs to allow the ideal position of the
feet. Throughput can be very fast and freshly shorn sheep can be easily
handled. Cradle attachments can be supplied for lambs and smaller sheep.
Air operated foot parers are most suited, a full
pressure quick coupling outlet is provided on the machine. When
crutching, 2-3 sheep per minute can be processed by an experienced
operator and helper. The handpiece is not turned off between sheep.
For back height of the sheep each cradle is
vertically adjustable with a crank. Cradle length is telescopic, the
head and tail rests as well as the near side of each cradle can be
correctly set. For use with wethers the four grabbing pegs in the cradle
can be extended and moved to suit the size of the sheep and to allow
good access to the pizzle. Alternative convex grabs are also supplied
which better suit ewe handling. The entry and exit gate positions are
adjustable to suit length and standing position of sheep.
The PEAKHANDLER will fit in a 6’ x 4’ box
trailer or can be easily loaded into a Ute or tray back, 6" rubber
wheels are attached to one end with fold down handles at the other for
easy movement on a firm surface. Operations can be carried out in the
woolshed, in permanent or mobile yards in remote locations. Units can be
set up on purpose built trailers (2 types) for larger or contract
operations; Drop Trailer or
Peak Pro Trailer.
SAFE AND FRIENDLY
The risk of injuring sheep through breaking
legs, bruising, crushing etc is eliminated with the use of the
PEAKHANDLER. It is user-friendly and safe eliminating bending, dragging,
lifting and pulling. The risk of being kicked or injured by an
unrestrained animal is also eliminated.
PRACTICAL DESIGN, LOW
No specially made parts are used, all are
readily available, many are stocked by hardware stores. All components
are durable and long wearing. The air system requires no lubrication,
filtering or servicing. Daily lubrication of all moving parts with an
oil pot is the only requirement. Storage under cover is desirable.
SAVE MONEY……….THE BOTTOM
Calculate the dollars you
will save with a PEAKHANDLER investment.
With hundreds of PEAKHANDLERS now in
operation throughout Australia many operators are enjoying the benefits
this cost effective machine can produce. The cost of a machine can be
saved in less than a year by the use of farm sourced labor operating a
PEAKHANDLER for crutching. Other bonus side benefits include secondary
husbandry operations which can be performed at the same time reducing
mustering and stressful handling. For professional contractors, graziers
and authorities using the PEAKHANDLER in foot treatment or inspection
work, the sheer savings in ‘on the job’ labor as well as very fast
throughput, mobility, low maintenance and operating costs has resulted
in many profitable enterprises.
"DROP TRAILER" or
PROFESSIONAL TRAILER" for trailer mounted version