Spaldings has added a range of Spanish-made flail toppers to its direct sales range for the UK and Ireland. Made by TMC Cancela, the heavy-duty implements come in sizes from 1.8m to 2.8m rigid, 4.8m and 6.1m folding and 2.2m with a swing arm offset mechanism. The 2.5m and 2.8m models have hydraulic side-shift. All models are tractor rear-mounted but the 2.5m and 2.8m TMS models have a twin headstock so they can be operated on the front or rear tractor hitch and are suitable for use with reverse-drive tractors. Steel chains or flaps prevent objects being thrown forwards without impeding progress in dense vegetation and a full-width steel roller regulates working height to protect the flails and prevent scalping. All models from 2.5m upwards have a six-belt drive pulley for the flail rotor, with fan blades built into the pulley to avoid any likelihood of the belts over-heating. Interchangeable pulleys adapt the machines to 540 and 1000rpm tractor PTO speeds. Flail bolts are all the size 20mm and 24mm, but for extra heavy-duty applications, selected models have the Spanish manufacturer’s Boltop flail coupling. This provides a socket connection between the 27mm bolts and lugs on the rotor such that the bolt head is completely embedded in the lug and cannot come loose. Other notable features include a freewheel gearbox on all models, adjustable rear hood on TJL-280, TJP-480 and TJP-610 models, and optional lighting and reflector kits. Prices start at £3,475 for the TP-180 mulching topper, rising to £18,750 for the TJP-610 hydraulic folding topper.