Toro’s Multi Pro 1250 may not be the cheapest on the market, but it is the one with all the bells and whistles. It’s a sophisticated piece of kit that has every thing you could possibly need. We reckon this one is ideal for golf courses, the larger sports clubs and those local authorities and their contractors needing to maintain a variety of sports facilities.
With a price tag of around £20,000 we expect a lot from this machine, and we are not disappointed. One of the key features appreciated by our sprayer operative is the total visibility offered from the driver’s seat of this 20hp, petrol-powered rear-wheel-drive unit. The operator rides “out-front” and has full view of the ground about to be sprayed. The low-profile tank means that there is good view aft as well.
Another advantage of the Multi Pro 1250 for the operative is the foot on/off boom control. It means you can concentrate on driving the vehicle and keep your hands on the steering wheel.
The really clever bit on this machine, however, is the pump. This is a positive displacement diaphragm pump and it is directly linked to the speed of the vehicle. The operator doesn’t have to worry about regulating the vehicle’s speed because the pump flow is automatically adjusted as the vehicle speed changes and the application rate remains constant over a wide speed range. Spraying uphill is the same as spraying downhill.
We also like the sprayer control panel — you don’t need a map and compass to find your way around this one. Situated to the right of the driver, the panel is extremely well laid-out, the switches are in logical order and clearly marked with diagrams as to the functions they perform. A small screen, in front and to the right of the driver, details information about the spraying operation and the distance travelled. The Spraymaster computer is for information only and it is set up by Toro to suit each customer’s requirements.
The tank looks small and compact but in fact holds 600 litres. We reckon the shape should help distribute the weight evenly and reduce the pressure of carrying a full load over turf. The tank can be flushed on site and the unit returned to the yard clean. A 1,135-litre model is also available on a diesel-powered 45hp turf vehicle and is likely to be of more interest to the contractor with a lot of spraying to complete.
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