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Throwaway Sprayer Uses Aerosol Cans
A British company has developed a low-volume aerosol can sprayer that they claim is more efficient and faster than most conventional field sprayers.
The company's spray canisters can be fitted to any boom and set up to operate manually or electrically. Key to success of the throwaway system is the spray nozzle head, which contains a small spinning wheel, that atomizes the spray to a mist containing tiny droplets as small as 5 microns, which makes it similar to spinner-type CDA nozzles.
The carrying agent is special in that it's a film-forming, non-drying agent that's also non-toxic. "When water is sprayed through atomizing sprayers, the drops often dry out before they reach the plant. Our carrying agent stays wet," says Mike Sampson, president of Mandops Inc., one of three British companies that has formed Stewkie Mandops, Ltd., developer of the new spray system.
"In recent tests we strapped 34 canisters to a 36-ft. boom, activating 17 cans at a time and then alternating to the other 17 when those were empty. That let us spray approximately 85 acres and then we were able to switch to new cans in less time than it would have taken to refill a conventional spray tank," points out Sampson. "The big advantage is that there are no pumps and no large tanks so you can spray with a small truck, tractor, three-wheeler or even a motorcycle."
For more information, contact the company's North American office: FARM SHOW Followup, Stewkie Mandops; Ltd., Mike Sampson, 1166 E. Blue Heron Blvd., Singer Island, Fla. 33404 (ph 305 842-0033).

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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #5