Croplands has unveiled their new dual tank, dual spray line, high capacity optical spot sprayer - the WEEDit 7000 in August 2016.
The WEEDit 7000 has been the primary focus of the Croplands R&D team for the last 12 months, though the project was initially conceived several years ago. Les Bollenhagen, Croplands Product Development Manager has worked on the project from its inception.
“Without doubt the WEEDit 7000 has been one of the biggest, most interesting and exciting projects undertaken by Croplands. We started with a challenging set of specifications, and a clean sheet of paper which enabled us to develop a very modern and effective sprayer.”
Croplands have designed a brand new 7000 litre Main Tank with 800 litre Flushing Tank and 1500 litre Hot Tank.
The Hot Tank is aptly named as it used to hold high concentration chemicals specifically for spot spraying – the secret weapon for delaying the onset of herbicide resistance.
“As optical spray know-how has evolved, so did the design of the new WEEDit 7000, culminating the 3 purpose built tank design with dual hoppers and high flow plumbing” says Les.
Croplands have also incorporated many features with operator safety and ease of use in mind.
The up and over platform allows for safe and easy access from both sides of the sprayer to the tank lids. This space also features a drum rack which can be used to transport extra chemical, or alternatively can double as a toolbox rack.
The 60 litre Chem-e-flush hopper is fully integrated to the sprayer’s control system, with a range of optional extras including 12 volt chemical transfer pump system, chemical suction probe and enviro transfer kit for inducting chemical from enviro-drums or shuttles. A 30 litre chemical induction hopper is also fitted to transfer chemical directly to the Hot Tank.
The WEEDit 7000 boasts airbag axle suspension
The airbag axle suspension supports the contour following boom ensuring a smoother ride and longer life. Adding to this is a standard air ride drawbar system that features an integrated Hendrickson airbag – an integral part of the suspension package. The heavy drawbar also features a heavy duty adjustable hitch and swivelling eye. The manual jack stand comes as standard, while the hydraulic version is optional. The WEEDit 7000 is fitted standard with wide low dust 24.5-32 tyres and wheels.
BIG PUMP CAPACITY
The large capacity AR185 (180L/min open-flow) diaphragm pump gives reliable, positive displacement, liquid delivery with minimal service or downtime. Maximum operational system pressure is 10 bar – perfect for low to high pressure air-induction nozzles. Hydraulic drive is standard.
AIR RIDE DRAWBAR SYSTEM
The heavy drawbar features an integrated Hendrickson airbag which is an integral part of the suspension package and improves the ride. Also features a heavy duty adjustable hitch and swivelling eye drawbar.
SECOND CHEMICAL INDUCTION HOPPER
Smaller hopper transfers chemicals directly to the 1500 Litre Hot Tank
1500 LITRE HOT TANK
Used to hold high concentration chemicals used for spot spraying.
The up and over platform allows safe and easy access from both sides of the sprayer to the large toolbox and tank lids. Fold down steps provide greater crop clearance.
7000 LITRE MAIN TANK
Spot spraying sensors or optional blanket line can be run from the main tank.
800 LITRE FLUSHING TANK
Used to regularly flush the boom system and main tanks.
AIRBAG AXLE SUSPENSION
Hendrickson airbags ensure a smoother ride and longer boom life.
CENTRAL CONTROL PANEL
Makes filling, flushing, chemical mixing and induction a simple and efficient process from one central point. All functions are at hand and tanks can be filled from a single source using a simple rotary valve for tank selection.
FULLY INTEGRATED CHEMICAL INDUCTION HOPPER
The standard 60 litre Chem-e-flush hopper is fully integrated to the sprayer's control system.
Optional 250 L/min pump is available.
Optional hydraulic jack
Optional chemical suction probe to induct chemical from smaller drums.
Optional 12 volt chemical transfer pump system complete with Micromatic drum fittings available.
Optional enviro transfer kit can also be fitted to the sprayer's diaphragm pump to induct chemicals from envirodrums or shuttles.