Best Practices for Transporting your Chemical Applicator
Tips, Tricks, and Things You Should Know.
Hauling large machines like fertilizer or chemical spreaders are less of a headache if they are properly prepared beforehand. Haulers have two main options when it comes to transporting fertilizing equipment over the highway. Most sprayers will require a RGN (removable gooseneck) trailer due to low-clearance requirements from the height of the wings and will be shipped folded. Some smaller implements might be able to be secured for transport on a flatbed trailer. Before selecting a trailer, measure the equipment by configuring it in as narrow a transport position as possible. You will need to fold wings inward to reduce the machine’s width and height. Depending on the equipment’s configuration, wheels may need to be moved in or inverted, or duals removed, to reduce the machine width dimensions for transport. Always transport with the wings fully folded and place the wing-fold lever in the neutral position. If wing fold cylinders are removed for transport, secure the wings together to prevent accidental falling. It is also important to check that the main tank is empty before transporting. Once you have the measurements, consult state and local guidelines to see if you’ll need any permits or pilot cars. Refer to your operating manual for instructions specific to your machine on best transport procedures and machine configurations.
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What are Agriculture Chemical Applicators?
Farmers have depended on chemicals to treat crop diseases, kill pests, eliminate weeds, and do so much more for a long time. The heavy equipment that spreads these chemicals are under and umbrella of Chemical Applicators. One of the most common forms of pesticide application, especially in conventional agriculture, is the use of mechanical sprayers. Hydraulic sprayers consists of a tank, a pump, a lance (for single nozzles) or boom, and a nozzle (or multiple nozzles). Sprayers convert a pesticide formulation, often containing a mixture of water (or another liquid chemical carrier, such as fertilizer) and chemical, into droplets, which can be large rain-type drops or tiny almost-invisible particles. This conversion is accomplished by forcing the spray mixture through a spray nozzle under pressure.