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One-Sided Boom Ideal For Smaller Farms
Small and medium-sized market farmers don’t have to spend a lot of money for a durable and efficient sprayer, says Benjamin Oberholtzer. As a vegetable farmer he knew what he needed when he made his first boom sprayer. More than 20 years later he and his sons manufacture them for others at their company, Penns Creek Welding & Manufacturing in Winfield, Penn.
  “With vegetable spraying, you want complete coverage and you need high pressure. Our sprayer goes up to 200-plus psi,” Oberholtzer says.
  The 24-ft. boom on just one side simplifies application of fungicides, insecticides and foliar feed fertilizer. With the boom on the inside of the field, the operator doesn’t have to lift the boom when he comes to the end of the field. And with a reach of 25 to 30 ft., drive rows can be 50 to 60 ft. apart, leaving more room for growing crops. With hydraulic leveling, the sprayer can be set at 2 ft. for vine plants and up to 7 1/2 ft. for sweet corn.
  The sprayer requires a tractor with 30 to 60 hp. and a remote hydraulic. The operator manually folds the boom and sets the height. Costs range from $3,690 to $4,490 for trailer sprayers with 200, 300 and 400-gal. tanks.
  This year, Penns Creek offers a fully hydraulic 400-gal. tank sprayer that can be operated completely from the tractor seat for $7,800.
  All the sprayers are pump-driven with a pto power shaft, and have rubber shock absorbing mounting so the boom is stable. Frames have 3 paint coats including a topcoat with a hardener for a durable finish.
  Oberholtzer says he stresses service. He or his sons deliver most of the units personally in the Northeast, but sprayers have been shipped to the Midwest, Southeast, and one was crated and sent to Hawaii. Penns Creek ships replacement parts overnight to minimize down time for growers.
  “Our goal is to build a simple, durable, dependable sprayer that does the job without a lot of money,” Oberholtzer says. “This sprayer is universal for most crops.”
  To see it in operation, check out the video on the Penns Creek website.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Benjamin Oberholtzer, Penns Creek Mfg., 1340 Broadway Rd., Winfield, Penn. 17889 (ph 570 837-1197; www.pennscreekwelding.com).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #3