While New Zealand plays catch-up and Europe leads in using farm effluent, it was always going to fall to the North American continent to go large — very large.
Pichon’s TCI (tanker with integrated chassis) range has been a key product since 1970, with the integrated chassis design assuring stability, durability and a very low centre of gravity. These come in a range from 2600 - 30,000L with single-, dual- or tri-axle suspension.
Inside the tanks, single, dual or triple baffles maximise stability particularly when partial loads are carried.
The design specifies dished heads at each end of the tanks for resistance to vacuum and pressure, and tank wall thicknesses vary from 5 - 8mm depending on tank diameter. This allows Pichon to offer a 5-year warranty on the TCI tank and the chassis, covering any premature strain or distortion during normal use. Tankers are galvanized inside and out for high resistance to corrosion and long service life.
Modular design allows customising for various applications, with a range of spreading options including splash plates, dribble bars, disc and tine injectors.
Accessories such as the autofill device remove the need to leave the cab when filling, delivering a clean and safe method of operation.
Options include a choice of vacuum pumps, tyres, electro-hydraulic control and flow meters for automated regulation of quantities applied per hectare.
Pichon’s range of pond stirrers suit depths from 2.5 - 6.5m. These are designed for easy maintenance and a long life using hot dip galvanized components including the main frame.
A screw propeller and counter blades -- rather than simple blades -- allow accurate mixing of the pit or pond, and provide uniformity of the slurry to reduce blockages and ensure even spreading.