Agri-Spread is introducing a section control version of its fertiliser spreaders. The Irish manufacturer is probably best known for its trailed machines in the UK and Ireland, but it exports around 60% of its production outside of Europe to countries such as Canada and Australia where the spreaders are regularly mounted on various makes of self-propelleds.
On the hardware side of things, the section control version of the spreader utilises individual left and right hopper belts to feed their respective discs and adjust the application rate in accordance with the narrowing or widening spreading width. Despite this dual belt configuration, David Murphy, managing director at Agri-Spread points out that the spreaders are still capable of handling lime and other bulkier material.
As on the standard spreaders, the discs are hydraulically powered. For section control this means the disc speed can be altered to match the variation in spreading width. There are 14 sections in total, seven on each side. Providing the software brains to control the floor and disc speed is a Top Con ISObus unit which can work with several makes of GPS.
Agri-Spread will be offering section control on all of its spreaders which span in capacity from 6-25t and are capable of spreading to 36m.