ALPHA 5100 – TWIN 3.1
HARDI Newsletter visits Niels Brink who lives close to Kjellerup. The self-propelled sprayer is his fourth HARDI product and he has used the TWIN since 1996. The farm sprays up to 7,000 ha per season in fields of various sizes, slope and soil types.
TWIN because …
Niels – why have you chosen the TWIN?
We have chosen this model because it allows more hours of spraying in the field. We can always finish the job and do not have to return later due to too much wind. In other words, we are more independent of the wind, of which there is a lot in our area. With 12 km/ha and a water consumption of 80 – 120 l/ha we obtain a high capacity. This means that we spend less time filling up and driving on the roads.
Considerate approach to the world
An advantage of the TWIN system is that the drift is significantly reduced which is very good when we are spraying close to urban areas. We use MD025 for all jobs and make a lot of effort to show consideration to the world.
Self-propelled because …
Which advantages do you think a self-propelled sprayer has?
According to Niels Brink, more and more sprayers are self-propelled and this is why he chose this sprayer. The free height of the ALPHA is good e.g. in rape fields where considerably fewer driving injuries than with trailer sprayers are seen.
Niels Brink remembers the time before the previous trailer sprayer; He had a COMMANDER 6600 TWIN, which was mounted on the tractor all the time for 7 years!
In terms of investment, he does not find much difference between a big tractor with a trailer sprayer and a self-propelled sprayer.
Another element is that the farm has many small pieces of land that must be maneuvered around - and this is made easy with the self-propelled sprayer.
In addition to the TWIN system, the ALPHA has a well-known fluid system and a solid pump, which is easy to service.
Generally, there is good service on the machine and good back up with close access to spare parts
Niels – How do you think the future will be …?
We have to realize that we can use still fewer products for plant protection. We will probably spray less in the future, and there will be even more demands for documentation of how it is sprayed and under what weather conditions.
The likelihood of more bio-production of marginal soil will also affect the future.
Requirements for advice and service from the dealer and supplier will increase as the jobs become more complex.
Finally, Niels mentions that it seems that there are more work for the farms and machine pools who have the equipment to carry out the spraying jobs of the future.