New Safer Tanker to be Showcased at the National Ploughing Championships 2019

A new ‘safer’ Tanker to be showcased in the Innovation Arena at the National Ploughing Championships 2019

Carrickmacross Based award winning Glenn Cruikshank, Shanks Engineering Ltd has developed an innovative solution to a safety problem for Farmers while spreading slurry. He has been chosen by Enterprise Ireland to showcase his new Shanks Slurry Tanker in the Innovation Area at the National Ploughing Championships that takes place from September 17 th to 19 th. Identifying a problem for farmers & contractors who face hazardous challenges, some losing their lives while spreading slurry; Glenn Cruikshank, with a background in innovation and engineering, has developed a unique solution to the problem of tanker instability.


Glen Cruikshank, owner of Shanks Engineering Ltd said,

“I come from a farming background so I understand the need for safety on a farm. After reading news reports about farmers and contractors losing their lives whilst spreading slurry, I decided to design a tanker that would be safer”.


“What makes our Shanks Slurry Tanker safer is that it has two chambers. As the slurry tanker empties the centre of gravity of the tanker, as well as tractor traction, will not be compromised in relation to weight distribution and possible roll over. A further safety feature is the height of our Shanks Tanker, at 400mm lower than a conventional tanker it offers the driver better visibility across the tanker, improving safety. This was enabled by our two chamber system allowing us to modify, and build, the tanker over the axle thus lowering the centre of gravity”.


Awaiting patent, the new Shanks Tanker is currently available in three different sizes, 2,050, 2,450 and 2,750 gallons. Shanks Engineering will be showcasing the 2,450 model in the Innovation Area Ploughing Championships from September 17 th to 19 th.


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