A group of mechanical engineering students form the IT in Sligo have taken home the People’s choice award at the recent National Ploughing Championships in Screggan Co. Offaly, for their design the Monte loader.
The students, Patrick Masterson, Dylan McBrearty, Cormac Donnelly and Brian Griffin designed the loader as part of their third-year project. Following extensive voting, the four friends took home the prize for what has been described as a revolutionary design.
But What is it and how did they come up with the idea -
To put it simply, the Monte Loader is a Universal Rear End Loader that allows farmers to carry and move large heavy objects such as round bales, using a tractor of any type.
The loader is capable of lifting bales or other objects to a height of 3m and it is equipped to safely carry up to one tonnes of weight. It is small in size, meaning it can easily fit in behind any tractor and it is also possible to tow a trailer behind a tractor, with the loader attached.
The idea was first hypothesised by the group of four as they sought for an idea for their third-year project. Following extensive research, carried out over a two-year period, the lads discovered a gap in the market for cost-effective rear-end loaders. They noticed that there were no rear end loaders which were universal and equipped to be used by tractors of all types.
They then developed their design during engineering workshops at Sligo IT, under the guidance of their supervisors and IT staff.
Check out the video, posted by Patrick Masterson, below! It has already clocked up in excess of 20,000 views. Picture Credit - Enterprise Ireland.