Glacier FarmMedia – The Horsch Leeb SP 6300 self-propelled sprayer is a different platform and concept than what’s offered by most sprayers, said Jeremy Hughes, product manager for Horsch.
“The focus of this sprayer is to improve spray quality. What we want is to mitigate drift and maximize coverage, making sure more live droplets land on their intended targets,” said Hughes.
The new Horsch sprayer puts the boom closer to the target. Ten to 12 inches away, to be more precise. This allows finer spray particles to more evenly and effectively cover pests before the spray either drifts or evaporates into the air.
The Boom Pro Plus controlling system allows five boom sections to move independently from one another. The system can contour over hills while lifting on the side of a valley. This, coupled with a simple yet effective boom suspension system, makes for a smooth operation. This keeps each boom section in close relation to the ground it is spraying, even at normal spraying speeds. An available 20-inch or 10-inch nozzle spacing on the booms maintains proper coverage and spray overlap with the lower boom heights.
Aiding in the operation of the booms is an independent wheel-suspension system keeping the machine stable on difficult terrain. The weight of the machine is divided 50/50 between the front and rear wheels, regardless of product remaining in the tank.
The Horsch Leeb SP 6300 weighs three to four tonnes less than its North American counterparts.
As well, it has four-wheel steering, track spacing from 100 to 160 inches and adjustable height to 78 inches.
A Fiat engine provides power to a hydrostatic drive system, which makes more power to the ground without using more horsepower. Hooking that power to the ground, Horsch uses larger 380 or 720/105R54 tires to improve traction and flotation. Most common widths of tires will be available.
Being of European origin, the Horsch Leeb meets stricter environmental regulations than what is in place in North America. In testing, the Horsch Leeb received the highest rating for the small amounts of residual chemical left behind after the sprayer is rinsed and ready for the next crop.
Sprayer cleanliness starts with simplicity. The Horsch Leeb SP 6300 uses less hose and fittings, which mean fewer places for chemical to get trapped. A recirculating boom ensures that chemical is never sitting still inside the wet system, which means it won’t stick to the inside of hoses and fittings.
The rinsing system is a continuous flush of clean water provided by a pump that is exclusive to the rinsing system. It washes the internal components with fresh water, which is then sent through the booms and out the nozzles in one nonstop action. This continuous rinse system is faster and more effective than batch-rinsing systems used by most other North American brand sprayers.
The initial sprayer offered in Canada will have a 120-foot boom and a 1,600-gallon liquid capacity.
Horsch also plans to have a pull-type sprayer on the market shortly. The pull-type promises to have the same spraying and rinsing capabilities as its self-propelled sibling.
The new sprayer is set to hit the market in 2021, although farmers will have to wait until spring of that year before they are able to buy it. No official price tag has been released.
This article was originally published at Grainews.