Fieldquip, recently appointed as Australian distributor of the UK manufactured Kellands spray equipment and Multidrive multi-purpose load carriers, is set to spearhead the new product range with a 9000-litre capacity self-propelled sprayer aimed at the broadacre market.
Fieldquip, Multidrive and Kellands are all owned by the US-based Alamo Group and the appointment provides a clear distribution pathway for the Multidrive brand that has had some presence in the Australian ag spreader market.
While Kellands sprayers include the self-propelled 2700 litre, 148 horsepower four-wheel steer Agribuggy and a wide range of trailed and linkage units, it is the Multidrive M550 with six wheel drive, six wheel steer, 9000-litre tank capacity and 36-metre aluminium boom that will lead Fieldquip's distributorship.
Fieldquip sales and marketing director Mark Druery said he expected the tank capacity would stimulate enquiry in lower rainfall broadacre cropping regions.
“I think it will pique a lot of people’s interest. The Multidrive tractor unit comes in a lot of different models including the 380 and 420 and this M550.
“The other aspect is that this could be made into a demountable unit to allow a spreader unit to slip on to the chassis.”
The Multidrive platform features a 5.5 m wheelbase and tri-axle configuration and is deisgned to carry large loads with minimal ground pressure.
Mr Druery said having spraying experts like SprayerBarn on board meant the boom could configured to suit any customer’s application.
“The booms can be fitted up by Sprayer Barn and given their experience just about any boom line and nozzle set up could be managed.
“It is designed for that large broadacre market looking for high capacity but not requiring the high clearance - because these are not high clearance machines.”
The boom features a steel centre section and aluminium outers on a parallelogram mounting system.
Mr Druery said the mechanical drive machines have a reputation for efficiency and cost savings. He said the 3.0 m track width was designed especially for controlled traffic systems to prevent crop damage from wheel marks.
The M550 features a Deere powered 195 kW (266 hp) six cylinder engine coupled to an Funk DF250, 11 speed powershift gearbox and mechanical drive axles and hydraulic braking system.
Differentials and four planet hub reduction gears are used to transfer power to the six wheels. Suspension is by way of trailing arm system and road speeds reach 50 km/h. Tyre options range from 380 to 750 mm flotation rubber, row crop or radials.
Fieldquip will handle all initial enquiries for Queensland, South Australia & Western Australia and has appointed SprayerBarn as their dealer for NSW, Victoria and Tasmania while announcements regarding South Australia and Western Australia are in the pipeline.