AN UPBEAT crowd flocked to all the exhibits at this year’s Mallee Machinery Field Days at Speed, but it was a giant new self propelled sprayer that really had them talking.
Hardi’s 48.5 metre Rubicon 9000, replete with a whopping 9000 litre tank has been designed to allow farmers to get over serious acres in a day.
Steve Lancaster, Hardi Australia self propelled product manager, based in Adelaide, said the unit could cover a whopping 100 hectares an hour.
Even allowing for filling and shifting time, he said he believed a 1000ha day would be possible with the unit.
The Rubicon, which made its debut on the field days circuit at Speed, was designed due to customer feedback that they wanted equipment that would allow them to get across big amounts of ground quickly, Mr Lancaster said.
He said much of the interest was coming from farmers, rather than spraying contractors, reflecting the increased size of holdings.
The machine offers a massive 1.85 metres of clearance and has been designed with a clear undercarriage to avoid any blockages.
It can operate on either three or four metre wheel centres, according to farmer preference, with farmers able to automatically adjust the centre width.
Power-wise, it is operated with a Cummins 370 horsepower engine, which Mr Lancaster said easily handled all types of conditions in trial work.