Machinery: Advanced sprayer for vineyard operations

Kuhn’s Charlie Lane with the latest version of the Antis orchard mist sprayer

Kuhn has launched an advanced version of its top-of-the-range orchard sprayer, offering fruit growers improved coverage and penetration when applying crop protection products.

The Antis 2 trailed mist sprayer, specifically designed for applying crop protection chemicals in orchards and vineyards, is available in three tank sizes; 1,000, 1,500 and 2,000 litres. Each version can be used with either a round or v-shaped mist blower, which both use an inverted suction turbine to provide accurate and comprehensive mist coverage.

Fitted with the v-shaped stack blower, the Antis has been tested on apple and plum trees on farms in Kent and Herefordshire.  At both locations, the trials proved that the mist sprayer can apply an accurate and consistent coverage of chemicals to a height of up to 25 feet on trees with and without leaves.

With the latest Antis 2 model, greater flexibility in nozzle placement is possible through vertical adjustment, with a maximum of 26 jets possible. Other improvements on earlier models include the addition of a chemical induction hopper and improved visibility of tank level and pressure gauges from the tractor cab.

On the latest model, the inverted air intake is positioned at the front of the machine to minimise the recirculation of sprayed products. Its location towards the front of the sprayer also prevents the pick-up of debris and foreign objects such as vegetation which could obstruct air intake and reduce the machine’s operational efficiency.

Spraying functions are controlled via an in-cab control panel, with an optional DPAE Bravo regulator enabling operators to continuously adjust the flowrate according to forward speed, and to operate left/right section control functions.

The Antis has a galvanised steel, corrosion resistant chassis which features all the necessary design elements to comply with the latest spraying standards and traffic regulations (DREAL 40km/hr approval).

An optional Cat I and Cat II articulated/pivoting drawbar, which is fitted as standard with a wide-angle driveshaft for improved reliability, enables easier turning on the shortest headlands. Other options include a stainless steel mixing sieve, stainless steel bottle rinser and low pressure wheels and tyres.

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