I put my tramlines back down in the same place each season. Why should I worry about soil compaction if I minimise trafficked area in this way?
Combinable crops can receive ten or more passes with a sprayer, particularly if liquid fertiliser is used. After a wet year, farms using heavy self-propelled sprayers often find that their tramlines are too rutted to remain untouched for the following year, requiring some form of cultivation to fill them and reduce their depth for the following year. Recent seasons, especially that of 2012, have shown the problems that can occur when time pressures exacerbated by the weather force farmers to spray before the ground is sufficiently dry to carry a fully-loaded sprayer. The Sprayranger’s low overall weight, with a 3,000-litre model weighing just 4,300kg unladen, significantly reduces the likelihood of additional time and investment being required to repair tramlines in this way.
I think the size of my farm requires a 4,000-litre sprayer. As you offer models up to 3,000 litres, surely the Sprayranger is too small for my acreage?
Because the Sprayranger weighs significantly less than many other comparable machines of similar capacity – approximately two tonnes less in some cases – the number of available spraying days is extended because of the machine’s ability to travel on softer ground. When heavier sprayers have to remain in the shed until the ground has fully dried, the Sprayranger’s low ground pressure means it’s possible to get back into the field earlier, and complete spraying before critical growth stages or disease development periods have passed. That’s why we believe that, on comparable acreages, a 3,000-litre Sprayranger is more than a match for a larger capacity machine.
Why should I buy my sprayer from a low-volume manufacturer?
At Alanco, we are focused solely on producing one type of machine, and are proud of the fact that we build bespoke self-propelled sprayers to suit the individual needs of each and every customer that comes to us with their requirements. For example, to fulfil a recent order, we went so far as to construct a machine that, compared to our standard specification, featured a broader operator cabin, larger tank, bigger engine and wider wheel track, as well as a bespoke spraypack. Not only can we build exactly what you require, but dealing with a small company means that the people who provide you with service and support are the same people who design and build the machines, so they know them inside out, and are immediately responsive to customer feedback.
What about resale values?
Used Sprayrangers make strong money on the used market, as can be seen each year from the few that come up for sale through the farming press and at auctions. Alanco itself is probably the main buyer of secondhand Sprayrangers, and you will find that the price we are usually able to offer on a machine traded in against a new model is very competitive. Finding a new home for a well cared-for Sprayranger is never a problem.
You don’t work through a dealer network. Can I be sure of service and spares back-up?
Here at our headquarters in Marden, Kent, our team of dedicated, professional engineers not only builds Sprayrangers but provides full service back-up too. We know the location and owner of almost every machine out there that we have built. That’s why you can be sure you are always dealing with people who know their machines thoroughly. Whether it’s a simple telephone query, a parts request or something that requires a field visit, we deal with every one of our customers promptly, and if on-farm attention is required, we will be with you without delay. That’s the difference between working with a large manufacturer and dealing with dedicated company like Alanco.
If you have any questions or queries we would be pleased to answer them. Please contact us.