In North America, the self-propelled sprayer has come to dominate the market, as pull-type models have faded from use.
However, in Europe it’s a different story. One European brand, Amazone, thinks it’s time for the pull-type model to make a comeback in Canada.
Why it matters: More equipment options available at different price points can help farmers tailor their machinery purchases to suit their operations and their budgets.
Amazone’s UX11200 model comes with several high-end features including greater tank capacity.
So far, most of the interest in Amazone sprayers has come from expatriate Europeans who’ve immigrated to Canada to start farming here.
“That’s the majority, yes,” said Fokko Buurma a distributor for the product. “They are familiar with the brand.”
But with a main tank capacity of 12,000 litres and another 500 on board for rinsing, Buurma said he thinks others will also see the efficiency gains the big Amazone sprayer offers, as well as the purchase price incentive.
“This is the flagship of the UX model line,” he said. “The way it sits here, ballpark, $275,000 to $300,000. That’s about half the price of a self-propelled sprayer and it has a lot more volume, tank capacity.”
The UX11200 uses three hydraulically driven pumps.
“There is a high-volume pump that can do 700 litres per minute,” Buurma said. “Depending on the speed you’re travelling and the nozzle size you’re using for the product, it might be that there is not enough volume coming out of the nozzle at a certain speed, then the second pump automatically kicks in. The other one, all it does is agitate.”
Cleaning the sprayer at the end of a job is an easy process with the Amazone.
“There is a button on the monitor,” he said. “When you are travelling home from the field, it has an internal pressure washer that sprays the tank and agitates it through the whole system. All your lines and everything is flushed.”
The side-mounted induction tank includes a rinse feature that will clean herbicide containers. When the tank lid is closed, it rinses itself out.
“So there is no touching or handling of chemical at all,” he said. “You can hook up a tote to it. It can suck (product) directly out of that. You can hook up a suction or high-pressure line for water.
“It’s really operator friendly, so it doesn’t take a whole lot of training to operate it. It’s pretty foolproof.”
To limit crop damage, the tandem axles on the UX11200 are designed to self-steer and follow in the path of the rear tractor tires.