Triple C celebrates 30 years, unveils 30 Series Hydra Bed
Triple C, Inc., Sabetha, Kan., recently celebrated its 30th anniversary with the launch of the new 30 Series Hydra Bed. In 1983, a revolution in bale handling and feeding began with the introduction of the Hydra Bed. The original flat bed bale handler mounts on 3/4 and one-ton trucks, allowing farmers and ranchers to efficiently and safely transport and feed two round bales by unrolling or dropping into bale rings. Today, Triple C, Inc. employs 30 people and markets equipment through a network of nearly 100 U.S. dealers. In addition to the Hydra Bed, Triple C also manufactures hydraulic supplement feeders, hydraulic post hole diggers and the Pro Spear bale bed. The Pro Spear utilizes two spears that allow the user to move one bale at a time.
The 30 Series Hydra Bed was unveiled on Aug. 22 at The Prairie Band Casino and Resort near Mayetta, Kan. This was the featured attraction on the first day of the two-day dealer appreciation event. Nearly 40 dealerships were in attendance to observe the unveiling, and initial response to the modernized bed was very positive, according to General Manager Jay Russell. “Our goal at the onset of the project was to give the bed a more modern look while maintaining the ruggedness and dependability the Hydra Bed has built its reputation on for the last 30 years,” said Russell. “It was extremely gratifying to see our project development team interacting with the dealers directly following the unveiling.” Russell said, “The most noticeable improvements include a redesigned arm cylinder cover and a dramatically changed headache rack. The new arm cylinder cover is a formed, bolt-in design and replaces the tread plate section that was previously used. The rear truck window is now protected by louvers replacing the expanded metal previously used. LED lighting is now standard equipment and incorporates a pair of 15” stop/tail/turn lights integrated within the headache rack.
“We’re optimistic that our customers will be as pleased as we are with the 30 Series changes. The development process extended much longer than I was comfortable with, but it was worth every minute,” said Heath Ploeger, a member of the product design team, who also addressed the group demonstrating the SolidWorks drafting software used extensively in the design process.
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