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Horsch Launches New Products at LAMMA Show
2012-11-21

Horsch will be showing UK customers the latest Leeb PT 270 self-propelled sprayer and Maestro 12 CC drill at the LAMMA show. Visitors to the Horsch stand will see these new machines alongside Horsch’s wide range of cultivation and drilling equipment, including the recently launched Terrano MT.

Leeb PT 270 Self-propelled sprayer

Leeb PT 270 Self-propelled sprayer

Leeb PT 270 Self-propelled sprayer

Horsch has launched three new sprayers to the UK, the self-propelled PT 270 and trailed GS 8000 and GS 6000, which it claims are the most technically advanced sprayers on the market today.

The PT 270 is designed for reliable, precision spraying over large fields at speed. It features a mechanical axis drive instead of hydraulics motors for better traction in hilly terrain and reliable 50 km/h road use and has a 270hp Deutz engine that uses only 0.6 to 0.8 l/ha of fuel. Horsch Leeb’s own specifically designed boom control can maintain a 25cm boom distance from the crops but ideally operates 40cm to 50cm above the crop. An 8000 litre tank is housed within a compact design that ensures the sprayer is easy to operate and manoeuvre.

The pneumatic nozzle control allows for individual, intelligent application techniques for an excellent wetting and penetration of the crop with a droplet size of 300 microns. The sprayer pipe can be specified with various nozzle body combinations including a single nozzle body with a 50cm horizontal spacing, double body with 25cm spacing and quadruple body with intermediate nozzles.

A 25cm nozzle spacing keeps drift to a minimum by ensuring the boom remains just 40cm to 50cm above the crop. To enable this, Horsch Leeb has designed one of the most advanced boom contour following systems available. All sections of the boom can go above and below horizontal to keep the optimum boom height that is essential in nearly all spraying operations.

Available in working widths up to 36m, the steel sprayer boom uses positive-mode connections for durability and ease of use. The PT 270 is fitted with a rotary pump for low wear and long life performance, while the cleaning system uses the displacement principle for less water consumption and faster cleaning. A stainless steel tank is designed for a long life and easy cleaning without leaving any residues, and its 8,000 litre capacity can be refilled in just eight minutes.

Maestro 12CC single-grain seed drill

Maestro 12CC single-grain seed drill
Maestro 12CC single-grain seed drill

A smaller model of the world-record breaking Maestro 24, which drilled 448.29ha in 24 hours, the 12-row Maestro 12CC features same robust design and revolutionary new pneumatic single grain technology. The precision control brings new levels of speed to seed drills. Due to its exact grain singling, the Maestro can be universally used for maize, soy, sunflowers, sugarbeet and rapeseed.

Developed in-house by Horsch, the small, electrically-driven metering devices and be controlled independently and are designed to ensure the distance between the fertiliser and seed remains consistent. Few moving parts ensure the metering devices are accurate and robust.

The Maestro 12CC features a 2800 litre fertiliser hopper and 12 seed rows at 50cm spacing, each with a 70 litre seed hopper feeding its own seed metering device. A high coulter pressure up to 300kg gives effective operation up to 15km/h and can be adjusted centrally via a hydraulic drive. The horsepower requirement is very low needing only a 100hp tractor can pull this efficient machine.

All rolling tools at the parallelogram-controlled units like scrapers, coulters, depth control and press wheels have been equipped with new solid bearings. Trash wheels in front of the fertilizer and seed coulters are available as an option.

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