1985 - Volume #9, Issue #6, Page #21[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Channelwalker: The New Direction in Irrigation
You dig parallel V-shaped water channels (6 ft. wide and 3 ft. deep) across the field, spacing them about 430 ft. apart. The Channelwalker straddles the water supply channels, receiving its direction from the front wheel assembly which runs in the channel. There is no delivery hose, no winch or cable, and no main laterals or hydrants.
The self-propelled unit will follow the channel around bends, which enables it to water irregular fields, or steer around trees, potholes, buildings or other obstacles. Although best-suited to flat terrain, the Channelwalker will irrigate rolling land, requiring that only the path of each channel be leveled.
A 6 cyl. diesel engine powers both the water pump and hydraulic pump. Because water is being pumped a short distance ù directly from the channel and through the booms ù friction losses and power requirements are kept to a minimum.
Forward travel speed is infinitely variable up to 175 yards per hour. The reinforced 180 ft. boom has a rain gun at each end which operates in a part circle configuration. Retails for right at $25,000 (U.S.).
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Upton Engineering, Federation Ave., Corowa, NSW 2646, Australia (ph 060 33-1844).
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