You must ensure that the weight of the full sprayer can be carried by your vehicle and that the weight will be balanced and provide a low centre of gravity to the combined system. So, when looking at sprayers check the height of the tank — it not only affects rear-view visibility but also the stability of the truck. I have seen utility vehicles tip backwards when the contents of the sprayer start sloshing around.
Most of the turf vehicle manufacturers supply sprayers to fit their trucks. John Deere, for instance, offers the HD200 sprayer for use on JD Pro Gator utility vehicles. This sprayer has a 750-litre capacity and effectively uses the whole of the Pro Gator’s load space to provide a low centre of gravity. The low-profile design also provides good visibility over the back of the tank to the sprayer boom.
The HD200 comes with a choice of 5.5m or three-way folding 4.6m and 6.4m fixed spray booms, complete with a safety breakaway system. The boom operates at up to 50cm above ground level and at ground speeds of up to 16km/h. Individual boom sections can be selected as required.
Electric raising and lowering of the boom, plus auto-rate controller, hose and lance are options but standard equipment includes a 75-litre rinse tank, operator-clean water tank and clothing box, plus foam marker. Chemicals are mixed using a jet agitator and there is a “sump” system for emptying the tank. A nice touch is the self-cleaning line strainer for clearing debris back into the tank at the end of spraying, without the risk of chemical spillage.
The JD HD200 is particularly popular on golf courses and has a list price of £8,185. Another popular machine, this time developed around Toro’s turf vehicle, is the Toro Workman sprayer. It has been designed for the Workman 3000 and 4000 series vehicles and is a mechanically driven system that automatically maintains an even rate of application over varied terrain and changes in speed. It features a 757-litre capacity tank, dual diaphragm pump and 5.6m open spray boom.
The pump on this unit can be run dry without damage to the seals or the pumps. The O-ring sealed system components are designed to be leak-free and can be disconnected without tools. A nice feature on this one is the tree-friendly boom ends. Expect to pay in the region of £8,500 (ex VAT) for the Toro sprayer complete with electric-lift boom.
A host of sprayer manufacturers also offer skid-mounted sprayers that might be suited to your vehicle. These include Allman, C-Dax Europe, Gambetti Barre, Hardi, Martin Lishman, Sherriff Amenity, Spraytech and Techneat.
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