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Bandit Cuts Chemical Costs
"Banding can save you up to 50% on chemical costs over broadcasting since you're not wasting chemical on the area between rows," says Brian Carr, operations manager for Almaco, Nevada, Iowa, manufacturing of the "Bandit" spray banding system.
The Bandit applies chemicals in a 15 in. band, 7 1/2 in. on each side of the plant row, so the area directly next to the crop is sprayed, but leaves the area between the bands unsprayed.
Carr points out that the Y'-shaped banding units have 3 fan-type nozzles one spray directly over the plant row, and one on each side of center which sprays in towards the row.
The banding units mount on a 2 by 3 in. tubular steel beam and attach with U-bolts for easy adjustment for different width rows.
The wings have a specially designed clevis hinge system whichallows them to float and keep the proper ground clearance on slopes from 30 to +20?. The wings fold hydraulically for road transport.
Each wing rides on a spring-loaded gauge wheel to keep the shock out of the spray boom. Gauge wheel height-is adjustable from 22 to 30 in. and the banding units height is also adjustable.
The Bandit can be mounted on the tractor's 3-pt., belly mounted, or on the front of the tractor. Your tractor-mounted spray tanks and accompanying pump can be used with the boom.
Models are available in 12-row narrow (30 in.) and 8 row (narrow and wide). The 12-row sells for $1,895.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Almaco, Box 296, 99 M Ave., Nevada, Iowa 50201 (ph 515 382-3506).


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