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Heavy-Built ATV Sprayer
For 10 years Max Smith did custom spraying for his neighbors while he farmed part time. Then he went into farming full time.
"I learned a few things about sprayers. One of the most important factors is that they have to be built tough so you don't spend too much time and money fixing them," says Smith, of Yale, S. Dak.
He decided to put his experience to use by building his own high flotation, pull-behind ATV sprayer. The "Light Knight" mounts on four 26 by 12 by 12 flotation tires that are adjustable on the axle to fit any row width. The sprayer is equipped with a Honda 5 1/2 hp engine and Hypro centrifugal pump and is available with either an 85 or 150-gal. tank. Boom width is 33 or 45 ft., with nozzles spaced 20 in. apart.
"It's built with high quality components that make it low maintenance and very reliable," says Smith. "Instead of having walking tandem beam axles, it has a rigid axle design that distributes the sprayer's weight equally over all four wheels. The result is minimal stress to the frame and better flotation. Also, the front wheels don't bog down in wet ground like they do on a walking tandem beam axle."
The rig is equipped with Raven electric valves and controls and a pump priming system. Sprayer control and foam marker systems are also available. Options include 45-ft. boom, 14-gal. foam marker, Micro-Trak Flo-Trak monitor, MT 2400 or 3400 controller, and Trak-Star speed sensor.
The base sprayer, equipped with a 150-gal. tank and 33-ft. booms, sells for $3,980 plus S&H.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Lite Knight Spraying Systems, 41236 196th St., Yale, S. Dak. 57386 (ph 605 352-5979).

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1998 - Volume #22, Issue #5