New application rate control for Xcel spreader


Hi-Spec Engineering has added the option of new weigh cell and application rate monitoring systems for the Xcel 1250 manure spreader, which will enable users to follow best practice and advice provided in RB209 when spreading solid manure, especially when working within an NVZ.

The XCEL 1250 is unique in that it uses a rotary chain and flail system to achieve a good break up of material, which is then spread using a pair of spinning discs. The XCEL 1250 spreader has a solids capacity of 12 tonnes, with a loading height of just 2.5 metres.

To ensure that an accurate application rate can be set and maintained, the Xcel 1250 can now be fitted with the ISOBUS compatible RDS iSOCAN Apollo spreader control system.

The required application rate is set and maintained using the iSOCAN Apollo colour touch screen terminal, which also allows work records to be stored, recalled and exported.

Weigh cells in the spreader ensure that the weight of manure in the spreader is constantly maintained and the speed of the heavy duty chains is also monitored and constantly adjusted to ensure that the correct application rate is maintained, irrespective of forward speed.

The Apollo system is also compatible with 3rd party precision farming systems to enable variable rate application and there is also the option of headland control that will automatically start and stop the spreader at the headland.

For those who just require a simple weighing system to monitor total application rate, Hi-Spec also offers the Digi-Star GT400 weighing system. The weight indicator allows the user to monitor each load and to maintain a running total so that the total for each field can be quickly and easily recorded.

Other updates to the Xcel 1250 include the option of a sprung drawbar for greater shock absorption and operator comfort.


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