9 July 1999

All latest pulls keen crowd

Sprays and Sprayers – the

UKs premier specialist

sprayer technology event –

dished up a positive feast

of new developments.

Andy Collings and

Andy Moore report

DAMP it may have been overhead, but such weather did little to subdue the enthusiasm of visitors attending this years Sprays and Sprayers event, as they discovered all that was new on the UK spraying scene.

And there was plenty to discover as a host of manufacturers used the event to announce their new developments.

As is the trend in machinery sales this year, the higher capacity units attracted the greatest interest. Manufacturers have concentrated on producing equipment to meet such demands because most of them concede that the market for smaller kit still has some ground to make in the recovery stakes. It, therefore, came as little surprise to see a 24m micro-granule applicator sitting astride a self-propelled unit on the Bateman stand. Designed to provide an alternative to the more usual 12m or smaller applicators which clearly do not match modern tramline widths, the Bateman unit is aimed primarily at the contractor market.

Granules are stored in a generously sized hopper which, the manufacturer concedes, is oversized for most situations but lends itself to creating a balanced visual aspect for the machine.

A pair of hydraulically-driven metering units control application rate by speed changes in their rotation – a cab-mounted electronic system sets the metering rate in respect of forward speed to maintain a constant application rate.

Granules pass into an air stream created by a hydraulically powered fan and are conveyed to two distribution heads at the rear of the machine before being passed to individual outlets along the boom.

Spreading widths can be reduced by blanking off outer outlets at the distribution heads.

The demountable Bateman micro-granule applicator has a list price of £16,000. &#42