MASTER plus -nozzles perfectly protected by boom14 June 2010
Jean-Michel Riviere is busy. Over 500 sheep and 150 hectars of land is more than enough to fill up a day. Add weather conditions that only allow limited windows of time for spraying crops and it becomes clear why Jean-Michel was in great need of speed and agility. The solution was a HARDI MASTER Plus 1000 l – 21 m VPZ.
Tank size: 1000l
Boom: VPZ 21m
Transport speed: 40 km/h
Working speed: 8 km/h
Farm size: 150 ha
Chemical cost pr. yr: €13.500
ha per day: 70
ha per yr: 400
Crops: Mais, Barley, Ray-Grass, Wheat
Speed is key
"With a big farm and many animals time is in short supply. So my main requirement when choosing a new sprayer was the ability to spray fast and efficiently" says Jean-Michel. Looking at the Master Plus Range I found that the Quick Linkage, hydraulic Z-functions, filtering system, intuitive ChemFiller and the fact that the very low residuals fluid system ensured a completely empty tank, was very attractive and a good match for my needs.
Little space, little time
I basically have no time for getting stuck or driving a long way around obstacles. I therefore like the fact that my MASTER plus can pretty much squeeze through anywhere due to the very compact chassis and the maximum width of 2.55m. A real big advantage on my farm where roads are very narrow. The MASTER Plus is also very light. Only 900 kg with an empty tank! That means I can get back from the fields very fast.
Easy to use
I do not have to waste time consulting manuals. The HARDI MASTER plus is a simple, strong design that is very easy to understand and use. One look at the MANIFOLD valves and you pretty much know what to do. The same goes for the Regulation Box for the Sprayer and the Hydraulic Box for the Boom functions.
A boom in a class of its own
The design of the boom is really clever. It protects the nozzles, which means that I do not risk getting the nozzles clogged or even damaged should the boom hit the ground. All components are perfectly integrated – from the Body Nozzles to the Tubes.
More time for the sheep – and the family
Previously I used a lift-mounted sprayer from another brand and I must say that my decision to replace it with the HARDI plus Sprayer was a good one. I am now very efficient and get more spraying done in much less time. This effectively means that I can focus on my sheep production – and spend more time with my family Jean-Michel concludes with a grin.