3 November 1995

Drill unit adds to sprayer abilities

AN ABILITY to extend the working life of a machine through a season clearly has its attractions. Latest company to double up the potential workload for its vehicle is Gem Sprayers, which is now offering 6m and 6.6m (19ft 6in and 21ft 6in) pneumatic drill units for attachment to its Sapphire self-propelled sprayer.

The company has adapted a KRM-Roger drill – an operation which involved the extension of the hopper to create a capacity of 2500 litres, and the development of a centre pivot coulter-frame mounting system to enable its working width to follow ground contours.

Coulters, set in three rows, are fed from individual metering rollers capable of handling both small and large seeds. In-cab electronic controls monitor performance, informing the operator of low seed hopper levels, feed shaft speed and fan speed.

Capable of being quickly demounted, claims Gem, the 6m version is priced at £16,900.

Extra work for the Gem Sapphire self-propelled sprayer. The company is offering this adapted KRM-Roger pneumatic unit for attachment to the machine. Two-wheel-steer is automatically selected when drill is lowered.