1983 - Volume #7, Issue #6, Page #26[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
They're Calling This The Farmer's Sprayer
The sprayer was designed for Vertec Industries Ltd., Vermillion, Alberta by Barry Rogers, an engineering consultant.
"It has a 600 gal. tank that's only 46-in. high. The lid is located on the side of the sprayer so the farmer can pour chemical into the tank while standing on the ground," explains Rogers. "The tank is injection molded with a molded-in baffle to reduce sloshing of liquid, and thus wear and tear on the trailer and tank. A sump pump is provided to completely drain it.
"The 65-ft. or 88-ft. boom can be put into or out of transport in 90 seconds. To put the sprayer in field position, you simply back up until the booms are slightly forward, unlock the castor wheels and hook up the radius rods, which have a slip joint that makes matching up holes easy. All pins are attached, so you can't lose them, and spring-loaded for easy use.
"Booms are equipped with tandem beam outrigger wheels to maintain exact nozzle distances and give a smooth ride. Boom height is controlled by a hydraulic cylinder so you can spray the top of tall weeds, when necessary. A special nylon bearing dampens the action of the castor wheels, preventing wheel flutter. The boom is made of aluminum pipe and equipped with nozzles that can be changed or cleaned with a 1/4 turn of the wrist.
"The pump and electric sprayer controls are mounted in the front of the sprayer for easy access and visibility. Electric pressure and boom controls are in the cab. It's equipped with a hydraulic-driven centrifugal pump which can handle powdered chemicals and the small amounts of dirt that may slip by the large 1 1/4-in. filter. Other simpler features, such as mounting the jack inside the frame where it can't damage an expensive tractor tire, have also been incorporated into the sprayer."
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Vertec Industries Ltd., Box 840, Vermilion, Alberta Canada T0B 4M0 (ph 403 853-2901).
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