The world’s first two wheeled jacking device that maintains mobility while the rear of the tractor is elevated was on show at Tillage-Live. This simple and easy to use device was designed and built by Pauric Fay from Cootehill, Co Cavan.
To use the Trakjak, the rear lift arms are connected to the Trakjak frame which runs under the rear of the tractor. Raising the lift arms pulls the frame against the pickup hitch and simply levers the tractor off the ground. With the rear wheels removed, Trakjak’s solid wheels enable the tractor to be slowly manoeuvred, with four wheeled drive engaged, from workshop to wash bay and vice-versa, making it easier to clean a tractor ahead of a strip-down or service.
Designer Pauric Fay said, “ It is the challenge of cleaning and manoeuvring tractors before and during service and maintenance which led to this invention. This presented me with an interesting engineering challenge and I was very pleased that Trakjak was recognised as an innovation which has the potential of improving health and safety at the LAMMA show.”
The device won the first SSAB/IAgrE health and safety award at LAMMA in 2016.