Lemken is jumping into the self-propelled sprayer market with its new Nova machine.
The company has been working on creating a self-propelled sprayer since it entered a strategic partnership with the chassis manufacturer in 2017.
The sprayer fits into the large self-propelled market with tank volumes of 4,800 or 7,200 litres and boom widths from 24 to 39 metres.
The company says it paid specific attention to the cab and comfort for the operator working long hours.
Sound insulation reduces noise and stress and an optional Category 4, three-stage air filter system creates permanent positive pressure in the cab to prevent any fumes from entering.
The machine can be controlled from a joystick with numerous programmable function keys. Application technology is controlled by the Lemken MegaSpray system and includes the ability to manage width of spray, rate, GPS track guidance and information systems.
Data can be synchronized with the company’s agrirouter to share information with the farm office.
Telescopic axles on the chassis of the Nova mean flexible row widths from 1.8 to 2.3 metres. Ground clearance is 1.20 metres, and a hydraulic lift sytem can raise the chassis to a maximum of 1.60 metres for taller crops.
The boom is aluminum and the company’s ActiveBalanceControl (ABC) function uses up to five sensors to ensure the individual boom arms adapt to uneven terrain or changes in crop height.
The inductor has a capacity of 55 litres and provides flow up to the top edge without producing spray mist. It is additionally prepared for a closed transfer system (CTS), and is height adjustable for improved ergonomics. A colour display above the inductor allows the water hydraulics to be operated easily. The clean water tank holds 660 litres. An electrically regulated injector agitator with fill level-dependent control maintains a consistently homogeneous mixture inside the tank. Any residue collects in the lowered sump, which can be drained fully.
The Lemken Nova will be available from mid-2020.