Cereals 2015: Sprayers, applicators and fertiliser spreaders

Kellands Agribuggy gains a better cab

Kellands was showing off the latest version of its low-ground-pressure Agribuggy sprayer – the A280.

Kellands Agri Buggy

One of the most notable upgrades from the 2700 it replaces is the new cab.

This is quieter and better sealed than the old one and has a multi-function joystick to handle most operations. It has also got a Teejet rate controller.

Power now comes from a 148hp Cummins four-cylinder engine that’s mated to a four-speed ZF auto gearbox with high and low range.

This package gets it to a top speed of 50kph to cut time wasted on the road.

On the back, Kellands has mounted its own sprayer with a 2,700-litre tank and the option of 24m or 30m aluminium booms. These have seven-section auto shut-off that’s controlled by the Teejet terminal in the cab.

All up, the Agribuggy still weights just 4.6t, meaning it treads pretty lightly on its Trellebourg flotation tyres.

Prices range between £116,000 and £118,000 including a set of flotation and row-crop wheels.

 

Landquip self-propelled sprayer aims to be go-anywhere machine 

Landquip had a new self-propelled model at the Sprays and Sprayers area.

Landquip Duo S

The 3,500-litre, 220hp self-propelled unit weighs in at a relatively lightweight 5.5t unladen and the company reckons it’s a go-anywhere machine when shod with 600/60 R30 flotation wheels.

Boom height can go from 2.3m from the ground down to 50cm and a fresh 6bar, 600 litres/minute centrifugal pump from Arag is now fitted.

Autoswitching nozzles can run 13 boom sections and cost is about £120,000.

Landquip says that it has recently sold one of its 1,900-litre Vision front-and-rear sprayers to Tasmania for the first time. It went in a container and, despite the huge sea journey, cost just £1,400 to get from Felixstowe to Hobart.

 

Meredith fertiliser bogie cuts the scrubbing 

Irish company Meredith has been making fertiliser bogies since 2000. They neatly turn what is normally a mounted machine weighing down the back of the tractor into a more balanced, trailed one.

Meredith bogie

Why would you want to do that? The answer is simple: as fertiliser spreaders get bigger and heavier (the biggest Bogballe carries almost 6t of fertiliser) they need an ever-larger tractor, otherwise they put all the weight on the back wheels and the front gets very light and can almost lose traction altogether. The answer was a fertiliser bogie.

However good the bogies are though, the company found that really heavy spreaders could make the dual wheel scrub in turns.

So the company has now added bigger tyres (56-45 22.5) rather than the smaller 400-60 size used before, made the rear wheels capable of turning so that they don’t scrub on sharp corners and put on two dampers to keep things nicely under control. They have also added stainless steel mudguards.

The cost of the bogie is £9,500.

 

Horstine Cascade Avadex applicator aims to bash blackgrass

Getting Avadex granules on to the ground to battle blackgrass is a serious matter these days and manufacturers are producing ever-wider machines to speed up the task.

Chafer Horstine Avadex

The biggest of these has to be Horstine’s giant Cascade applicator. It comes in 15, 16, 18, 20 and 24m working widths and can also be used for applying slug pellets, granular fertilisers and small seeds.

Outlets are at 1m spacings and each one has its own metering system, with a double-overlap pattern ensuring all the ground is covered.

Meanwhile, a hydraulically-driven fan provides the airflow to send the product down the tubes.

Horstine says there are no bends between the venturi, so granules, pellets and seeds whizz along the tubes smoothly.

The booms fold hydraulically and you can opt for tilt control if you are operating on side slopes.

It uses an RDS Isocan controller and there’s a low-level sensor on the hopper. Hydraulic drive means no pto to hook up.

The price of the 24m unit is £26,000.


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