A Hydrema dump truck fitted with a Bredal spreader has come up trumps in a recent demonstration held by Perth business ADT at Muntadgin.
The 4x4 922F model was fitted with a 13 cubic metre (15 tonnes) Bredal spreader (with load cells) and a Trimble auto-guidance system.
The front axle suspension Hydrema, is powered by a Cummins engine rated at 218 kilowatts (300 horsepower) and linked to a 6/3 ZF transmission, which can provide a maximum speed of 50 kilometres an hour.
ADT general manager Darryl Moore has two units available for immediate sale.
“We are gearing up for orders for deliveries later this year and into early 2019 and we’re happy to demo on a farmer’s property if they are interested in the machine,” Mr Moore said.
“This will be a self-propelled spreader that also can be converted to other uses when you’re not spreading.
“It will handle a 15,000 litre tank with a boom and it also could be used as a fire-fighter.”
According to Mr Moore, the demo saw the Bredal spreader first spread lime over a 12 metre (40 foot) gridlines width, operating at between 20 and 25 hectares an hour.
It then engaged in gypsum spreading over a similar width at between 25 and 30ha/hr then switched to sulphate of ammonia spreading at a width of 24m (80ft) at a rate of 75ha/hr.
“Wind conditions were pretty breezy so we were very happy with its performance,” Mr Moore said.
Fuel consumption on the Hydrema was 14.5 litres an hour.
“Everyone was also blown away by the quietness and comfort of the Hydrema,” he said.
“There already is interest in using the spreader at Muntadgin after a deep ripping program and we know this unit will have no problems getting across deep ripped country.”
Supervising the demonstration were “Mr Bredal”, former importer Jorn Ib, who calibrated the Bredal ISObus controller settings on a Trimble GFX750 and Vantage branch manager Reece Salter, who fine-tuned the auto-steer.