Friday, 12 February 2021 15:55

Sprayers offer advanced crop protection

Written by  Mark Daniel
A Kverneland-mounted sprayer in action. A Kverneland-mounted sprayer in action.

Kverneland is set to expand its product offering, with the addition of a full range of mounted and trailed sprayers being rolled out over the coming months.

This includes linkage-mounted iXter A and iXter B models, with additional capacity offered alongside the option of the 1,100-litre iXtra front tank. There is also an extensive line-up of iXtrack trailed models comprising T3, T4 and T6 versions.

Across these sprayer ranges, buyers can choose technology to suit their budgets and operational requirements. This includes individual nozzle control, auto section control, iXclean tank washing, priming/purging functions and boom line recirculation.

The iXtrack T3, T4 and T6 trailed models, with tank capacities from 2,600 litres to 7,400 litres, can be configured with steel or aluminium booms extending from 18-40 metre working widths. These include twin-fold aluminium HAS and steel HSS structures from 24-30m, with wider options met using a three-part folding steel boom from 32-40m.

Boom performance comes from a suspended parallelogram rear frame. This serves to mount the boom assembly and deliver excellent performance, while working height is controlled by a choice of Boom Guide ultrasonic control systems.

The top-end Boom Guide Pro Active uses three levelling sensors on the central boom section, allowing faster reaction to change of ground terrain via a central slope correction cylinder. Wider booms, of 24 to 36m working widths, can be equipped with five ultrasonic sensors. This has two outer sensors at the wider working width and one outer sensor when operating at 24m. All iXtrack models are fully ISOBUS compatible.

Kverneland’s iXspray hardware and software allows operators to use intuitive touchscreen and smart electronics to manage individual nozzle control or boom sections, boom line recirculation, and one-touch boom, spray line and tank cleaning processes. IsoMatch Grip adds further control options, with up to 44 fully customisable functions available from a single joystick.

It ErgoDrive headland management system allows the boom to raise/lower – and axle steering to be managed – by a single button press on the joystick.

Nozzle control includes pneumatic or electric operation, which suits those using GPS for automatic section control and auto start/stop at headlands.

Individual nozzle control is available with iXflow E, which also offers remote App control of nozzles when outside the cab, to simplify pattern testing and checking nozzle flow.

The tractor-mounted iXter A models offer a general purpose-style machine with tank capacities from 800-1,200 litres and booms spanning 12-21m. The more sophisticated iXter B is available with 1,000-1,800 litre tank capacities and booms ranging from 15-30m.

A semi-automatic or fully-automated liquid management system available with the iXtra front tank provides a fully-mounted combination boasting 3,000 litres.

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