Tramspread has launched a new Suffolk range of dribble bars – ranging in width from 6m to 24m.
Booms from 6m to 15m bfold vertically and feature automatic transport latches with safety locks. These can be fitted to tankers or tractors as umbilical applicators. The 24m boom folds horizontally around the tractor cab without impairing operator vision.
“The low profile does not block the view out of the rear of the tractor and the position of the swinging arm does not compromise the tractor’s pick-up hitch,” says Tramspread managing director Terry Baker.
“This allows the tractor to tow a pump or reeler whilst the dribble bars are fitted.”
Dribble bars from 6m to 12m feature a single macerator and tractor spool valve controls. The 12m is also available with twin macerators, fitted on the 15m and 24m models as standard. All twin macerator dribble bars benefit from electro-hydraulic folding mechanisms, with power beyond, operated from cab mounted controls.
Left- and right-hand geometric control is standard on all twin macerator dribble bars and allows for independent boom adjustment. This aids spreading on undulating land because boom height can be adjusted for field gradient.
The Suffolk range has pipework designed for flow meters and slurry monitors to be retro fitted using the Tramspread Isobus Raven Box. This ttransmits monitoring and mapping data to a monitor in the cab.
The idea is that it will encourage all users to test and measure slurry to make the most of its nutrients. “We have focused on connectivity and automation for easy management and recording,” he adds.
All booms up to 15m are made of galvanised steel, while the 24m model has an aluminium construction. The balance of strength and weight is important, says Mr Baker.
“Spreading umbilically is only better for the land if the weight of the dribble bar is not too high. We chose aluminium to reduce the weight which will also reduce soil compaction.”