With a more stable boom and increased capacity, the follow-up to Goldacres’ successful G6 Crop Cruiser will set new standards for the Australian sprayer market.
Australian manufacturer Goldacres has started production on a new version of its successful G6 Crop Cruiser which it says is faster, smarter and stronger than its predecessor.
The G6 Crop Cruiser Series 2 comes with Goldacres’ new Tritech RivX boom, with a new design of the boom’s steel inner wings and aluminium/steel composite outer wings.
Using high strength rivets instead of welding means the RivX outer wings can withstand 300 per cent more flexes than the equivalent welded boom, the company says.
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Available in widths of 36-42m and now the option of up to 48 metres, the booms have a hydraulic outer-boom wing folding mechanism that includes a hydraulics breakaway feature to protect the boom in the event of a collision with an object.
On top of this, Goldacres is offering the new Autoboom XRT radar sensing technology, which keeps the boom at an optimal spray height, with simultaneous ground and crop detection as an option.
The XRT is not affected by temperature, spray drift, dirt, dust or mud and is ISOBUS compatible, as well as having pressure based controls to allow for smooth boom movement.
Goldacres has also redesigned its operator workstation area and fill system to reduce refill times in its main 6000 litre tank by more than twice the fill rate of the previous model.
Now fitted as standard, a 7.5cm transfer pump combined with high flow plumbing provides flow rates of up to 1150 l/min.
A pressure transducer and electric 7.5cm ball valve are mounted after the fill pump outlet to control both the fill rate and tank level soft shut off.
All other manual valves are used to direct the chemical from the transfer pump and the probe connection points, with neat chemical transfer done using a pneumatic twin diaphragm high capacity pump, which is fitted as standard.
The pump features large diameter diaphragms to create large amounts of suction, ideal for high viscosity chemicals.
The neat chemical can be delivered directly to the product tank or diverted to the 60l chemical induction hopper where it can be measured and then transferred to the product tank. Tests have shown 40 l/min of high viscosity chemicals can be transferred.
A larger 550 litre rinse water tank is now fitted for increased rinsing capacity, and the fuel tank has been increased in size by 50 per cent to 450l – giving the machine an even greater spraying range.
Inside the cab, the new G-Hub integrated system puts all controls and relevant machine data at the operator’s fingertips.
External machine filling and rinsing functions are operated using a 12cm display and a ten button key pad located in the side pod filling area. Live product and rinse tank volumes can be viewed on both internal and external displays.
With manufacturing work starting this month, Goldacres says the first deliveries of the finished units are planned for November.