22 November 1996

Low tank improves sprayers visibility with same clearance

LOWER tank, same crop clearance is the concept behind the redesigned self-propelled sprayers from Sands Agricultural Machinery (SAM)

Main benefits are improved all-round visibility and machine stability keeping 950mm (38in) crop clearance, says SAM, the Norfolk-based firm which is now badging all of its machines Lowline.

In addition to the reshaped tank profiling, there are a number of other changes to the sprayer. The backframe has been remodelled to enable the fitting of a new mast, and the chemical induction hopper is now of the Venturi type, which is said to give clean water into the tank when loading and faster chemical uptake.

Retained are the familiar SAM mechanicals including a Deutz six-cylinder, air-cooled engine, Poclain wheel motors and pneumatic controls for the sprayer.

Price of the mid-range/mid-spec 2500-litre (550gal) capacity SAM sprayer, complete with 24m (80ft) wide boom, starts at £57,500. Other models come with 2000-litre (440gal) and 3600-litre (800gal) capacities.

&#8226 Though best known for its self-propelled sprayers, SAM is now supplying thermal fogging equipment for the application of sprout suppressants in potato stores.

The SAM Unifog comprises a combustion chamber which heats suppressant chemical to produce a fog. A blower then pushes that fog around the potato store. Flow rate, droplet size and temperature can all be controlled, says SAM.n

This mid-range SAM2500 self-propelled sprayer is Sands offering in the highly competitive, 2500-litre capacity sector. Note low tank profile.