Machinery highlights included Hardi’s latest large-scale self-propelled sprayers, a new design for the DBS Ausplow commodity cart, several new chaser bin designs, the introduction of more track systems and a couple of trailed boom sprays in excess of 10,000 litres capacity.
One of the high-capacity sprayers – made by Sonic – won the Best New Release Allied Equipment Award. The new Sonic trailed boomspray has a capacity of almost 11,000 litres and Sonic has made a few other design changes to make the sprayer safer and easier to operate.
Sonic’s Max Hebberman said the new Sonic has a capacity of 10,900 litres and the tank is a new design, slightly narrower than previous models to keep transport width to less than 3.5m.
“The wheel track width is set a 3m and the rear axle is steerable,” Hebberman said.
Boom width can be 45m or 48m and the new sprayer has a much neater plumbing station with just three main taps – down from 11 previously.
Highly commended in the Allied Equipment Award was the massive Depthcharger, which is a fully-hydraulic roller and ripping tool which can deep rip to 700mm.
Another new release at the DMFD was a seeding bar from Gessner called the Patriot which is available in working widths up to 36m.
The Gessner is a single-shank tine design which uses a 420mm diameter press wheel and Dutch Industries point. The seeding unit can be set up to side band or pair row and the break out is 400-650 pounds of force.
A complete wrap up of the new machinery at the DMFD will be published in the October edition of the Farming Ahead magazine.