Weed wiper takes conventional spray jobs in its stride
WHEN not wiping weeds with Port Agrics Rollaweed, the roller can be removed to reveal a conventional spray boom.
"Weed wiping is increasing in popularity due to its precise targeting and economical use of chemical," says Sue Port of Port Agric.
"But because of its specific use to wipe problem weed patches, the machine can often stand idle for long periods. By making the wiping roller detachable, the Rollaweed can also be used for general spraying."
Designed for use with an ATV, the trailed, 2.4m (8ft) wide Rollaweed has been developed for weed treatment where access with a tractor/sprayer is both difficult and uneconomical to achieve.
In weed wiping mode, the unit relies on a fabric covered roller – land wheel driven – which rotates backwards, to apply chemical to the undersides of leaves.
Chemical is sprayed on to the roller using eight nozzles, via a 12V pump and the application rate can be varied by changing nozzles and adjusting the forward speed.
A turnbuckle adjuster on the main frame is used to set roller height and a 45-litre saddle tank carries the chemical. Price of the Rollaweed is £1695. *
When not wiping weeds with Port Agrics ATV-towed Rollaweed, the roller can be removed enabling the unit to be used as a general purpose sprayer.