14 February 1997

Grain weigher shows a sensitive touch

GRAIN counting, weighing and hectolitre weight can all be measured by the one instrument, supplied by a Peterborough-based firm.

The Countaweigh, from Piltland Technology, uses microprocessor power to carry out three seperate functions – control, analysis and recording. It has its own memory, and is fully programmable.

Counting of pre-set numbers of seeds is automatically controlled, and the sensitivity of the counting head can be adjusted from the front panel. This enables larger seeds to be counted and small debris/admixture ignored. Conversely, very small seeds can be counted with a higher level of sensitivity.

Weighing the seeds is done by placing the collecting container onto the instruments integral scale, which comes with calibrations for kg/hl of wheat, barley, oats and rye. Others crops can be added to the list.

Countaweigh price is £5750 (01780-783670).

Fast heaters blow away chilly nights

WINTER means time to think about the condition of the farms space heater – if it has one.

New from Clarke Power Products is the three-model XR heater range, designed to work in workshops, barns and other areas where fast heating is needed.

Direct fired using either paraffin or diesel, the heaters include large fuel tanks for up to 13 hours continuous operation, stainless steel combustion chambers and high efficiency air and fuel filters.

Heat outputs range from 70,000-150,000BTUs, with prices starting at £378 (0181-986 8231).