SPREADER precision and efficiency were key features of the new Amazone ZG-TS trailed spreader.
Claas Harvest Centre, product manager Amazone, Craig Hopkins said the spreader had been a real drawcard for farmers and contractors visiting the field day.
“This spreader delivers a perfect balance between capacity, work rates and precision,” he said.
“Theoretically, it is possible to spread 40 kilograms a hectare, over 250 hectares in 90 minutes before reloading.”
Mr Hopkins said in terms of efficiency, the spreader featured a 10,000 litre hopper, a working width of up to 54 metres and an operating speed of up to 30 kilometres an hour, while for precision Amazone had incorporated top of the line ProfisPr configuration, which included an on-board weighing system to automatically regulate application rate.
“Four weigh cells positioned between the hopper frame and chassis constantly monitor the amount of fertiliser being discharged,” he said.
“This data is used to adjust the metering shutter slides, as well as the intelligent fill-level management system.
“By constantly measuring how much fertiliser remains in the hopper, the weighing system can determine how much fertiliser is required to complete the job.
“This avoids unnecessary travelling in the field with a half-full spreader.”
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Mr Hopkins said the spreader pattern was influenced by what was known as the ArgusTwin and WindControl adjustment systems, along with a FlowCheck aperture blockage monitoring system, released at Agritechnica last year.
“ArgusTwin uses 14 radar sensors to monitor the spreading pattern of the left and right spreading discs,” he said.
“This system automatically adjusts the spreading pattern of either disc if any deviation from the settings is detected, while an additional tilt sensor compensates for sloping terrain.
“A third monitoring system, WindControl, automatically adjusts lateral distribution according to wind speed and direction.”
Mr Hopkins said the hydraulically driven AutoTS twin disc spreading system ensures uniform application across a range of operating conditions.
“The vane kits can be quickly and simply changed, while the AutoTS system allows the spreader to switch seamlessly from normal to broad spreading without the need to change discs,” he said.
Mr Hopkins said an optional feature was part-width section control technology, known as Dynamic Spread.
In terms of steering, Mr Hopkins said the spreader is designed to follow the exact same path as the tractor, limiting compaction.
The spreader also features a load-dependent electronic braking system, allowing safe road transport of speeds up to 60 km/h.
“The weighing system constantly measure the amount of fertiliser inside the hopper and automatically adjusts the braking force,” Mr Hopkins said.
“The weighing system also shows how much load is resting on the axle and how much on the drawbar at any time.
“This avoids subjective misjudgements and ensures legal travel in accordance with road traffic regulations.”
The Amazone ZG-TS 10001 trailed spreader is on display at the Claas Harvest Centre site Q10 at Commonwealth Bank AgQuip.
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