18 December 1998

Worth the weight…

WEIGHT distributed equally between front and rear axles, is claimed to be one of the main features of the new self-propelled spraying unit from Suffolk-based Landquip. With a full 2500-litre tank and booms extended, rear and front axle loadings are put at 3.89t and 3.49t respectively for an all-up weight of just 7.38t.

The manufacturer says these benefits have been brought about through a new tank layout and boom location.

Power is provided by a 3.9-litre Iveco engine rated at 108hp with the transmission comprising a two-speed hydrostatic system – up to 40kph in two-wheel drive for road work and up to 16kph in four wheel drive for field operations.

Four-wheel-steer and a row-crop wheels providing 85cm (34in) ground clearance are included in the specification.

Spray equipment includes use of aluminium Alu-light booms offering working widths from 16-28m, and fibreglass tanks with capacities from 1600-2000 litres.

Also included is Landquips Pozi-flow recirculation system which, working in combination with a constant back pressure and individual nozzle pneumatic shut off valves, is designed to ensure dribble-free operation – irrespective of spraying pressure. Pozi-flow also charges the boom with chemical for a prompt even start on the headland.

For the operator, a cab mounted forward of the front axle is claimed to provide good visibility and, with air conditioning, air suspended seat and well spaced controls, a comfortable working environment.