Ranging in width from six to 24 metres, Tramspread has launched a new range of low profile dribble bars.
Manufactured at a new facility in Suffolk, the new range gets its name after the county in which they are built.
Within the Suffolk range, boom widths of six to 15m fold vertically and feature automatic transport latches with safety lock. These can be fitted to tankers or tractors as umbilical applicators. However, the 24m version folds horizontally around the tractor’s cab without impairing the operator’s vision, the company says.
Terry Baker, Tramspread’s managing director says; “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. This allows the tractor to tow a pump or reeler whilst the dribble bars are fitted.”
Dribble bars from six to 12m feature a single macerator and tractor spool valve controls. The 12m model is also available with twin macerators, which are fitted on the 15 and 24m units as standard. All twin macerator dribble bars are equipped with electro-hydraulic folding mechanisms, with power beyond providing hydraulic power, operated from cab mounted controls, the company adds.
Left- and right-hand boom control is standard on all twin macerator dribble bars and allows for independent boom adjustment, a feature designed to help when spreading on undulating land. “This enables the boom height to be adjusted for field gradient and out crops,” says Mr Baker.
The Suffolk range has pipework designed for flow meters and slurry monitors to be retro fitted using the Tramspread IsoBus Raven Box. “This transmits monitoring and mapping data to a monitor in the cab, which should encourage all users to test and measure slurry to make the most of its nutrients,” says Mr Baker. “We have also focussed on connectivity and automation for easy management and recording.”
All booms up to 15m are made of galvanised steel while the larger 24m model has an aluminium construction. “The balance of strength and weight is important. 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,” concludes Mr Baker.