2016 - Volume #40, Issue #3, Page #28[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
“Made It Myself” Heavy-Duty SprayerAfter looking over boomless sprayers at a farm show, Alfred Taylor decided to put together his own trailing sprayer. His 300-gal. spray tank with high-pressure pump and rear-mount broadcast nozzle covers 60 ft. in a pass. At 25 gal. per acre, he covers around 12 acres with a fill, which works out well for him.
“We have a lot of small, hilly fields in my part of Tennessee, and a boom sprayer can be a problem getting hung up or dragging,” says Taylor. “I’ve used this boomless sprayer on hay fields, pastures, and fence lines without a problem. Several neighbors have used it on corn, and it has worked well.”
Taylor’s brother gave him the rear end of a 10-ton running gear. He also picked up a heavy-duty agitator, an automatic rinse system for easy cleaning, and a 300-gal. spray tank.
“I bought most of the parts from Shoup Manufacturing, and a self-priming pump from Agri Supply of North Carolina. I plumbed the sprayer myself,” says Taylor.
Taylor had the welders needed to build the sprayer, but vision problems and a lack of metal shearing equipment sent him to Bishop Fabricating in nearby Greeneville, Tenn. Owner Scottie McGee took Taylor’s sketches, wagon rear end and components and put the sprayer together.
“He did a really fine job. He made the cradle for the tank and balanced it, a tongue for the wagon rear end, and steps to walkways on either side, front and back of the tank,” says Taylor. “I’ve had a stroke and am a little unsteady on my feet, so I wanted steps and a platform. Scottie added railings, which I really appreciated. When he finished, he spray painted it.”
Taylor likes things simple, so he used water hoses with quick connects so they are easy to drain. Filling the sprayer is easy with a quick connect installed in the lid of the tank.
“I always hated standing there with a hose,” says Taylor. “Now I hook up the hose and stand back watching until the tank is full.”
Taylor is very pleased with how the sprayer turned out. He notes that with the sump and bottom filter unit, he can empty the tank down to about a quart of fluid. With the drain, it is easy to empty out when changing herbicides.
“I put new 1100 x 15 tires on to handle the weight of the full tank,” says Taylor. “Everything about it is heavy duty. A neighbor bought a new one at a farm show, and it already had several parts break down. Mine is still going strong.”
Taylor estimates his custom fabricated sprayer cost him about $2,500. He doesn’t think he could find anything comparable on the market.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, A .F. Taylor, 1905 Bewleys Chapel Rd., Mosheim, Tenn. 37818 (ph 423 422-4291).
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