20 September 1996

Its fast and leggy

A VERSION of the Melroe Spra-Coupe self-propelled sprayer which could soon be available to UK farmers from importer Chavtrac, is the 3630 model, with a 1.4m (4ft 7in) ground clearance.

A two-wheel drive machine, the 3630 is powered by an 87hp Peugeot diesel engine driving through a five-speed manual transmission. Final drive to the drop-leg rear wheels is via a two-stage chain system.

Standard spraying equipment includes a 1136-litre (250gal) tank and 24m (80ft) booms. A 100-litre (22gal) clean water rinse tank is included in the specification while options extend to a Raven chemical injection system for as many as four products.

A possible limiting factor for use of the high clearance 3630 is that wheel tracking needs to be wider than most conventional tramlines are set – a minimum 2m (6ft 6in) is required to maintain safe stability with a recommendation that it is pushed out to 2.25m (7ft 4in).

Even so, setting the drill for wider tramlines could pay off for growers looking to use a high speed, high clearance sprayer. &#42

This leggy Melroe Spra-Coupe has an impressive 1.4m (4ft 7in) of fresh air under its belly. Downside is a minimum track width of 2m (6ft 6in).