Publication date: December 2014 - No. 59
Format: downloadable pdf - 23 pages
If you are in the market for an SP sprayer, try to attend a 'ride-and-drive day', where you can operate a few different makes in the same paddock. Some dealers will be willing to demonstrate a machine locally if you get a few interested parties together. In the market for a self-propelled sprayer? Whether you are looking to replace an existing unit, or update from a trailing boom to an SP for the first time, the choice can be daunting.
There are so many manufacturers, some with several models each to choose from, and the investment is sizeable. But there is no doubt the value of an SP has been realised by Australian farmers, with many owners commenting the SP is the most used machine on their farm. Kondinin Group's third SP sprayer test programme updates work done in the 2009 and 2012 tests. We hit the road with our portable test track, testing eight sprayers from manufacturers Miller, John Deere, RoGator, Hardi, Goldacres, and for the first time, Hagie and Agrifac.
As compaction is an ever-present issue for Australian farmers, machines were weighed empty and half full to determine the weight split between the front and rear axles. With some machines weighing up to 20 tonnes fully loaded, it makes interesting reading.
- Booms are booming
- Stable boom makes for great spraying
- Vertical stability
- Roll stability
- Yaw stability
- Understanding the test track
- Cabin noise levels
- Splitting the difference
- Top 10 tips for buying an SP sprayer
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