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Amazone Pantera in Farmers Guardian Hot 50

Using a panel of industry experts made up of farmers, contractors and journalists, Farmers Guardian set out to create a Hot 50 line up of machinery 'that is exceptional in both form and function'.

The Magazine foreword goes on to say that 'the aim of the Hot 50 is to recognise and commend manufacturers which have gone to great lengths to develop and manufacture machines and products which will ultimately make farmers and contractors more productive'. Of course, the Amazone Pantera self-propelled sprayer was in that Hot 50.

Amazone Pantera

Amazone Pantera

The Pantera came into the market place just two years ago and has consequently established itself as a major contender in the UK self-propelled market. The 4000 litre tank sprayer, powered by a 6 litre Deutz engine, is unique in offering an ECO engine mode in both the field and on the road, making the Pantera one of the most frugal of consumers when it comes to diesel usage. Yet, even so, it can quite happily pull a 12 ton bowser behind it at 40 km/h without even getting excited. Up front, the Vista cab offers superb all-round visibility and quietness beyond belief and the driver is cocooned by the air seat (heated if desired) and the active hydro-suspension system that self-levels and reacts to any sign of body roll, irrespective of tank level and changes in forward speed.

And the comfort doesn’t end there; the 60 litre induction bowl empties in under 20 seconds and, with a water fill rate of more than 500 litres/min, the amount of time wasted on filling is kept to a minimum. The Comfort-Pack provides the driver with automated fill-stop, automatic agitation control with tank level and in-cab sequential rinse out and dilute. Residual spray volumes are kept to a minimum as well to make rinsing out as fast as possible. Outside wash kit, of course, is standard.

When spraying, the height of the boom is constantly monitored and adjusted automatically via the DistanceControl system that keeps the boom at a constant crop distance. On the ends, the boom tips automatically lift up to give clearance as the machine turns but, even here, there is no restriction on turning speed at the headland, even with a 40m boom outstretched. For working around telegraph poles, one side of the boom can be folded fully in to get the most out of those difficult to access areas.

As the Hot 50 says ‘Self-propelled sprayers are a dime a dozen but it is only Amazone which has cherry picked and developed the best technology which operators need, and combined it with a proven spraying system’. Not bad for the new kid on the block?


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