15 May 1998

Laser sprayer gold

THIS YEARS gold medal winner in the RASE machinery awards scheme is the Laser agitation system for sprayers entered by Knight Farm Machinery.

Laser is available on new Knight sprayers or for retro-fitting to existing machines. It uses a vacuum system to draw chemical mix into the spray lines while the tank is being filled, allowing an immediate start to spraying without the risk of overdosing.

At the end of the spraying session it automatically returns the rinse water from the spray lines to the tank where it can be incorporated into the next load or retained for disposal.

The Machinery Award judges selected the Laser system as the outstanding entry from this years crop of silver medal winners. They based their judgement on comments from owners and users of sprayers equipped with the system – and the potential environmental benefits were an important factor in the decision.

Another of the silver medal winners selected for special treatment is the Big Bag Lifter entered by Richford Machinery – the first winner of the new farm efficiency award. Lloyds TSB, overall sponsor of the machinery awards, has established this new award to recognise equipment which can make a special contribution to profitability.

Six more silvers

As well as the Knight Laser system and the Big Bag lifter, a further six entries will receive silver medal awards at this years Royal Show.

It is a list which includes the AGM Diet Feeder with a vertical mixing and chopping action entered by Hereford farmer Karl Whistance.

The Haith-Tickhill Group wins a silver medal for its Supafill automatic box filler for potatoes which has been designed both to improve operator safety and reduce potato damage.

Richard Keenan is also on the silver list, winning an award for the innovative design of the Orbital manure spreader which uses a hydraulic ram to push manure into the spreading mechanism.

The Furrow Cracker plough attachment, entered by Suffolk businessman, John Claydon, was also selected by the judges. It can significantly reduce the amount of secondary cultivations needed to produce a seed-bed.

Also included on the Silver rostrum were two tractors – the New Holland G/70 series with its SuperSteer front axle and full powershift transmission and JCB Landpowers Quadtronic four-wheel steering system available for certain models in the Fastrac tractor range.

One Award of Merit will also be made at this years Royal Show in respect of the LaForge Green Link 70 front linkage entered by John Deere.

SuperSteer front axle and advanced powershift wins New Holland silver in the RASEawards….as does Claydons furrow cracker. "Reduces the amount of secondary cultivations needed to produce a seed-bed," said the judges.