Cereals 2018: Wider spread for lime

How do you make a lime-spreader fling material out to wider widths? Simple, make the spreader wider, according to Bredal. That’s what the Danish company has done with its latest K-series XE models which have a pair of 3.0m long folding conveyors at the rear of the machine each equipped with a spinning disc at their outer extremity.

by Nick Fone

19 Jun 2018

How do you make a lime-spreader fling material out to wider widths? Simple, make the spreader wider, according to Bredal. That’s what the Danish company has done with its latest K-series XE models which have a pair of 3.0m long folding conveyors at the rear of the machine each equipped with a spinning disc at their outer extremity.

That additional reach means its now possible to apply good quality lime at 24m -30m whereas standard machines are limited to a maximum of 18m. For those that want to spread fertiliser there’s a special kit with different vanes and an adjustable down chute that can alter that point at which material drops onto the disc, thereby dictating how far it’s flung.

With this set-up there are no pto shafts, just a big valve chest and a series of flow-dividers on the rear of the machine which direct oil to where it is required, the hopper feed-out belts, the folding conveyors and the spreader discs all running on hydraulic motors.

But having the ability to cover these extra widths comes at a cost. A 9.0m3 Bredal K-XE comes in at close to £80,000 – nearly £35,000 more than a standard machine.