Friday, 17 November 2023 08:55

New applicator spreads seeds, granules far and wide

Written by  Mark Daniel
A key feature is the use of external distribution heads located along the toolbar, meaning the length of small-bore pipework is kept to a minimum. A key feature is the use of external distribution heads located along the toolbar, meaning the length of small-bore pipework is kept to a minimum.

Complementing the firm’s turbo Jet range, the new Stocks Ag Maxi Jet pneumatic applicators can spread seed and granules to widths of 15m and at rates from 1 kg/ha and 200 kg/ha.

Able to apply material at rates of up to 200 kg/ha on machines up to a 6m spreading width, alternatively, it can be used to spread material at more conventional application rates to distances up to 15 metres, making it the widest-spreading Stocks applicator to date.

A key feature is the use of external distribution heads located along the toolbar, meaning the length of small-bore pipework is kept to a minimum, with the result that air and material flows are restricted as little as possible.

Two or four-outlet metering units are available to supply the standard eight-outlet distribution heads, meaning it is possible to have up to 32 spreader plates across the working width of the machine to which the applicator is attached. If even wide set ups are required, there is the option for larger bespoke distribution heads, with up to 20 outlets each. Usually, the company recommends the two-outlet Maxi Jet 2 for working widths of up to 8m.

Twin high-capacity electric fans are standard, while there is an option of a hydraulically driven unit, fitted as standard on the four-outlet Maxi Jet 4, which is designed for machines up to 15m wide.

During the design process, the Stocks engineering team developed a novel solution to ensure that any material being spread is distributed to the furthest reaches of a 15m toolbar, at the same rate as those in the centre of the machine.

Spiral risers fitted within the 63mm supply hoses to the distribution heads create a vortex effect in the airstream to ensure material is evenly dispersed before it reaches the head, with the result that there is a uniform supply to each of the eight outlets.

As with all Stocks applicators, material is metered out of the hopper by fluted feed rollers, and the new highcapacity versions make it possible to handle large and small seeds at high rates and high application speeds.

The Maxi Jet is also said to be able to meter difficult flowing seeds at much lower rates.

The feed roller can be configured to use just one segment to meter product to each secondary distribution head, then dividing the flow to the delivery hoses and out to each of the spreader outlets.

www.norwood.co.nz

Featured

Farmers back ACT MP's bill

ACT MP and Northland dairy farmer Mark Cameron is lodging a new member’s bill that would prevent regional and district councils from regulating greenhouse gas emissions.

Calls for more support for vets, nurses

The animal health sector needs to change to keep up with the times, according to the discussion at a breakfast event hosted by Boehringer Ingelheim at the NZ Vet Association and NZ Veterinary Nursing Association conference in Christchurch recently.

National

Cream of the crop

One of New Zealand's largest dairy farmers won the 2024 'Food, Beverage and Fibre Producer' award at the NZ Primary…

Machinery & Products

Revamped automatic calf feeder

JFC Agri, the family-owned manufacturer of agricultural products from Galway, Ireland, used Fieldays to launch its innovative Evolution range of…

ErgoPOD set for 2025 farm debut

Waikato Milking Systems has unveiled the final production version of its ErgoPOD, a state-of-the-art semi-robotic technology designed to increase milking…

» Latest Print Issues Online

Milking It

100-year-old milk powder

OPINION: A 100-year-old sample of milk powder from Ernest Shackletons’ first solo expedition to Antarctica has been analysed by scientists.

Farmer feedback

OPINION: Sticking with the NZ Primary Industries Summit, Fonterra chief executive Miles Hurrell’s quip about the milk price has been…

» Connect with Dairy News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter