The world’s first two wheeled jacking device that maintains mobility while the rear of the tractor is elevated has won the first SSAB health and safety award.
Called the Trakjak, the device was designed and built by Pauric Fay from Cootehill, Co Cavan.
The annual award created by the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) in partnership with SSAB, the Nordic and US-based steel company and was judged by a panel of eminent agricultural engineering specialists at the recent LAMMA show.
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, “I am delighted to win this award for Trakjak. 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 am pleased that Trakjak has been recognised as an innovation which has the potential of improving health and safety.
The prize comprises of a trophy, £300 and an invitation to visit SSAB in Sweden.