1 March 1996

Crusader sprayer turns up the power

MORE power, stronger chassis and a longer wheel-base are now features of the latest Crusader self-propelled sprayer from Knight Farm Machinery.

This adds up to an increased carrying capacity and allows a 3000-litre capacity tank to be fitted, rather than the 2500-litre maximum of the original model launched in 1993.

Engine power has been increased from 110hp to 120hp using an uprated four-cylinder, turbocharged John Deere unit. Knight points out that the extra power is particularly useful when a fan needs to be driven for air-assisted spraying – although the 50hp needed to power a 24m Degania sleeve boom system might still leave the machine wanting in the traction department.

In other respects, the Crusader retains the features of the original machine – mechanical drive transmission, all-round suspension and four-wheel steering.

Spraying equipment includes a six-cylinder diaphragm pump rated at 230 litres/min, the DeltaSpray electronic control system and a chemical induction hopper.

Price of the new Crusader with 3000-litre tank and 18m booms starts in the region of £58,000. &#42

More power for Knight Farm Machinerys latest version of the Crusader self-propelled sprayer. Mechanical drive is kept from the original model.