A new twin disc fertiliser spreader incorporating revolutionary
distribution technology has received the Loven Cup for product
innovation at LAMMA ‘06.
Kuhn Farm Machinery’s Axis spreader, launched onto the UK
market for the 2006 season, was successful in the £5000 plus
retail price category, which attracted 15 other entries.
Axis is being heralded as a new generation of fertiliser spreader
offering tangible benefits within progressive agriculture, including
precision farming applications. This is due to patented distribution
technology, known as Coaxial Distribution Adjustment (CDA), which
lies behind the machine’s ability to maintain consistently
accurate spread patterns automatically at varying forward speeds
and/or application rates. CDA, alongside innovative hopper and
agitator design, also allows an unprecedented maximum mass flow
rate of up to 500 kg/minute.
The Axis range includes four models that overall offer working
widths from 12m to 36m and hopper capacities from 1,200 to 3,000
litres. In addition to the advanced application technology, Axis
has also been designed to offer simple and logical adjustment,
whilst maintenance costs are kept low through generous use of stainless
steel and economy in potentially wearing parts.
The novel CDA system is based on a pivoting hopper base and exclusively
designed outlet aperture. These features combine to allow the controlled
release of fertiliser onto specific areas of the spreading discs
- through multiple drop points as opposed to a single drop point
- with the result that consistent and accurate spread patterns
are maintained at different mass flow rates (e.g. varying spreading
width, forward speed, and/or whilst application rates are varied
on-the-move). A new slow (17 rpm) rotation agitator is also a key
feature in the CDA system, which - along with the octagonal-walled
hopper base and novel aperture design - contribute to the high
mass flow rate feature.
Spreading discs are fitted with blades that - due to the CDA system
- are relatively simple in design and therefore more economic to
replace. The full spectrum of working widths for Axis is covered
by just four different sets of blades fitted in combination with
a patented “air fin” blade. The spreading discs are
fitted with a single, large attachment bolt that is designed for
Application rate adjustment on the Axis is made simple and easy
through the design of the DFC graduated scale. All distribution
parts are 100% stainless steel and are easily accessible for cleaning
The standard hopper on the Axis is 1,200 litres, and capacity
can be increased with easy-fit extensions up to 3,000 litres.
Border spreading on the Axis is controlled from the cab through
the action of the Telimat T25 deflector unit. This is located on
the right side of the spreader, and is included as standard on
the two Axis 40.1 models and is optional on the two 30.1 models.
Electronic control is standard on the Axis 30.1 QE and Axis 40.1
QE models, through the new Quantron E control box. This improved
facility is GPS compatible and retains all the beneficial features
of earlier Quantron models, such as allowing variable rate application
on the move. Quantron E now includes the ability to memorise the
characteristics of up to four different tractors, store integrated
spreading charts for 10 factory-set fertilisers and 10 further
fertilisers, and retain historical spreading records for up to
200 fields or tasks.
LAMMA (Lincolnshire Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Association)
staged its 25th consecutive annual exhibition at Newark Showground
on 18 and 19 January 2006. The Loven Cup is one of a number of
awards made each year by LAMMA to recognise outstanding achievements
from manufacturers and exhibitors.
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