New SP sprayers ready for Ride and Drive

29 Jan, 2010 01:00 AM
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McIntosh Distribution spray division manager Jonathan Bent checks out the latest Miller Nitro 4000 Series self-propelled boomsprayer at the company's Redcliffe factory this week. This model along with the new Miller Condor G Series, will be seen in action next month at Ride and Drive days in WA and SA, organised by Miller dealers.
McIntosh Distribution spray division manager Jonathan Bent checks out the latest Miller Nitro 4000 Series self-propelled boomsprayer at the company's Redcliffe factory this week. This model along with the new Miller Condor G Series, will be seen in action next month at Ride and Drive days in WA and SA, organised by Miller dealers.

McINTOSH Distribution will showcase two 2010 model Miller self-propelled boomsprayers at a series of Ride and Drive events in WA and SA next month.

The new models reflect the continued growth of Miller's share of the world SP market and its focus on improving productivity and performance of its models.

For example the Condor G Series now features a SmartDrive option which can engage on-the-go a hydrostatic front-wheel assist when needed in varying soil conditions.

SmartDrive also can be engaged full time.

And on the G75 flagship model, a new Spray-Air option is available on the 36m (120ft) boom. No other forced air-type system is available beyond 30m (100ft).

The Spray-Air system can be used with all pesticide and liquid fertilisers with Dial-a-Drop chemical drift control.

A beefed up engine, transmission and chassis and enhanced operator comforts complete what Miller believes is one of the best sprayers it has designed.

The grunt comes from a Cummins 6.7 litre engine that produces 180kW (240hp) with a power bulge to 187kW (250hp).

The up to 32km/h operating transmission is a heavy duty automatic Allison with a locking torque converter to maintain ground speed regardless of terrain. Transport speed ranges to 56km/h.

And tucked away inside the rear axle, the heavy duty differential distributes the power to each driving wheel.

McIntosh Distribution also has sole rights to a mechanical drive for the rear boom-mounted Condor models.

The other model range, the Nitro 4000 Series, has undergone a complete design makeover compared with earlier Nitro models.

A new deluxe cab provides optimum operator comfort including low cab noise and easy control via a multi-function joystick.

There's also a choice of Raven controllers and precision equipment, including Raven SCS 460, Raven SCS 4600, Raven Envizio pro and Raven Viper Pro.

Cummins engines are standard in the five model range with power ratings from 160kW (215hp) to 272kW (365hp) and a power bulge to 280kW (375hp).

According to McIntosh Distribution spray division manager Jonathan Bent, an increasing number of farmers are buying the Nitro with the option to convert it to a swather.

"There are enough models in WA now to provide farmers with good feedback on performance," Jonathan said. "And with a 12 month or 1500 hour machine warranty and a two year engine warranty, it is an appealing multi-function unit.

"We're finding more customers coming from the medium broadacre areas because there still is the need to maximise productivity when you've got the right spraying conditions."

And talking of productivity, the Nitro 4275, 4315 and 4365 can be fitted with a 6100 litre stainless steel tank.

Combined with a 36m (120ft) boom, it makes the Nitro the world's biggest factory-fitted SP.

The Torq-Trac hydrostatic drive system with twin Sunstrand heavy duty pumps allows for an operating speed up to 32km/h and a road speed of 56km/h.

"Farmers will have the opportunity to drive and evaluate the different models on offer to see what best suits them," Jonathan said.

More details on the Ride and Drive days will be made by Nitro dealers.

p More information: Jonathan Bent 0427 782 300.

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