Amazone is looking for its slice of the UK self-propelled sprayer cake. The Pantera is aimed at the popular 4,000-litre sector with booms spanning up to 40m and technology that should play a major part in winning over customers. Mervyn Bailey reports

Up until now Amazone has never really played its self-propelled sprayer card in the UK, despite being active in other European markets since buying into the BBG sprayer business way back in 1998. Apparently, the line of thinking was that previous incarnations were not suitable for the UK market – that was until the Cereals event last year, when Amazone announced it would be bringing the SX replacement to our shores in 2011.

True to its word, the company debuted the Pantera to some keen interest at LAMMA earlier this year. In the same week we took a closer look at a machine that Amazone believes could lure UK growers away from their currently favoured, home-grown SP sprayer breeds. As one might expect, there’s more than a light dusting of technology on the Pantera 4001, with auto section and boom height control both listed as standard along with other GPS-related features. There is even the option of LED illumination across the entire width of the boom for easier spraying at night.

At this stage there’s only going to be the one tank size, 4,000 litres, which is now deemed to be the SP sprayer norm, whereas the booms can range from 24m up to 40m.

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