Recent sales of RoGator RG1300C sprayers fitted with a 48m aluminium Pommier boom are having positive impacts on growers spraying programs.
Since taking possession of their RoGator, growers on a 2,900ha in Cannie Vic – 55km south of Swan Hill have already sprayed over 8000ha. With travel speeds of between 20 and 22kph and with the addition of the 48m Pommier boom, they are able to quickly and efficiently travel across paddocks.
Depending on summer rain and weed and pest pressures, they average between four and ten spray passes each year at an application rate of 80 to 100 litres per hectare.
With boom width being a key consideration when they were deciding on the purchase of a self-propelled sprayer, the optional 48m Pommier boom offered what they thought was the best solution for a lighter, stronger and wider boom.
Key to RoGator’s success is the sprayer’s LiquidLogic application system, that offers individual control at each nozzle body through 35 sections of the boom – helping operators better target their spray as well as offering more precise application rates and a more effective cleanout.
The system also enables boom recirculation, allowing spray products to continuously filter in the tank and letting booms be primed on the way to the paddock, saving time and chemical before starting to spray.
In addition, “hold at minimum” pressure setting can maintain a +/-1 psi variation across the boom for a consistent spray pattern and to keep product on target at low speed.
The Croplands collaboration with boom-maker Pommier and boom-height system builder Norac has created a responsive boom-ride for the 48-metre Pommier boom.
Norac’s Boom Height Control with Active Roll monitors, measures and controls boom centre section roll through proportional valves to ensure smooth independent control of each wing, main lift and roll to enable the boom to shadow the ground – even in rough or hilly terrain. This feature maintains optimum boom height, reduces drift and improves stability.
The Engine rpm in the RoGator C Series is managed automatically to deliver drive and system performance in response to changing soil and terrain conditions.
This results in fuel savings, reduction in wear and minimised operator fatigue.
RoGator C Series models are built around a simple, intuitive operational platform that practically anyone can master.
The AccuTerminal is a universal interface that lets you control and monitor virtually all chassis and machine functions right at your fingertips.
The operating elements on the floating armrest include the AccuTerminal, multifunction joystick and keypad.
You can also customise your terminal to view one function, or up to four different ones simultaneously.
It’s possible to manage engine, transmission, hydraulic, axle, spray functions, one-touch fold, electric sump, pump, main shutoff valve (MSO), recirculation, system maintenance and more.
The 264mm (10.4in) Accu- Terminal has a smartphone look and intuitive touchscreen technology surface that allows an easy manoeuvre through functions.
The high-resolution, scratch resistant screen and all function indicators automatically adjust to match light conditions.
AgControl rate and section control lets you control up to 36 sections with tip-to-target accuracy, and provides integration between software, pump, plumbing system and all chassis functions.
Finally, AccuField Command headland management enables operators to activate automated operating sequences at headlands with the touch of a button – saving time and improving productivity.