Lowlander 175 Heavy Duty HBD spreader arrives in Scotland
Stuart Hunt of Hunts Agricultural Services, East Lothian, Scotland is delighted with his new spreader. Stuart previously ran a Bunning Lowlander 120 with Widebody augers. Due to increasing demands from customers for wider spread patterns of higher value products such as chicken manure and gypsum, he decided to upgrade to a new Lowlander 175 Heavy Duty HBD. The machine has 2 large diameter spinning discs which have allowed Stuart to top dress a wheat crop this spring with “Hen Pen” driving in 28 metre tramlines. Fitted with weigh cells and an RDS Apollo controller, application rates are easily achieved with optimum accuracy. The controller is supplied with GPS technology that allows it to spread from prescription maps with full variable rate control and record “as applied” maps.
The 175 HD has been introduced to meet the needs of large scale farmers and contractors looking for a large capacity single axle spreader with large diameter tyres due to their ease of pulling in difficult ground conditions. A 30 tonne solid 150mm square axle from ADR Coleart has been selected and runs in conjunction with 710/70 R42 high load tyres. A sprung drawbar is fitted as standard and the body has been designed to carry the highest possible volume without increasing the transport width.
The 175 is available in either HBD (Horizontal Beaters & Discs) or TVA (Twin Vertical Augers).
Australian dealers break all records.
During a recent visit down under GT Bunning & Son’s Sales Manager Chris Druce caught up with newly appointed Bunbury Machinery in Western Australia, Clarke Equipment in Queensland and Landaco Equipment in New South Wales. Between them they have achieved an astonishing 350% increase in the number of units sold per year in Australia. Chris puts this down to an excellent commitment to stock, so machines are available for immediate delivery and having product on display at field days. Parts back up is excellent with all dealers exceeding Bunnings required levels. Chris also carried out product training ensuring that all staff members are proficient in recommending the best model and spreading mechanism for their customers.
New Widebody® 380 HD makes debut
Tuesday 29th of July 2014 saw the New Bunning Lowlander Widebody® 380 HD get its first outing at a public manure demonstration in Lexington Nebraska USA. This new model gets increased load carrying capacity from a new 48tonne tri axle suspension set and larger diameter 600/55 R26.5 tyres as standard, other sizes are available. New extension sides with thicker side sheets and pressings ensure a heaped volumetric capacity of 40m³. A heavy duty sprung drawbar and 1 steering axle are standard features. The new specification of the Widebody® 380 HD will allow users to haul larger loads at higher speeds than the standard model. Feedback from customers at the event prompted Bunning dealer Joel Onken to say “Give us a few weeks and you might be a little busy!”
July 2014 see’s the start of a phased expansion plan at G T Bunnings’ premises in Dereham, Norfolk. This expansion has been in the planning stage for the last year as worldwide demand for G.T Bunnings’ products continues to grow. The company has been investing in new equipment to help with productivity and now needs more workshop space to further increase manufacturing capacity at the plant.
Phase one of the project is the construction of a new assembly plant measuring 55 metres by 20 metres with an eve’s height of 8 metres and will allow the company to rationalise the layout of its existing workshops, improving efficiency and productivity. The new building will be fully equipped with two overhead beam cranes, two 7.5 tonne cranes and two 4 tonne cranes. Solar panels are also planned for the south facing roof space to reduce the carbon footprint at the plant. The first new workshop will be used for final assembly of agricultural machinery and pallet inverters, both of which require a lot of space due to the sheer size of the equipment, and is expected to be completed by September 2014.
Phase two and three will involve the construction of two further workshops, both equal in size to the phase one facility. These will be used to provide a third paint booth, a second shot blast facility and a storage area for machines waiting assembly. Planning permission has been granted for phase two and three and work is expected to start on construction in the near future.
Cereals Event 2014
At this years Cereals Event, Bunnings exhibited two versions of the increasingly popular HBD spreader with the horizontal beater & spinning disc rear discharge spread mechanism. Both machines being custom built to suit the requirements of the individual users (see featured photo; Mr. James Sapsed) were well received by arable farmers visiting the stand. The machines are ideally suited for spreading high value, organic products such as bio solids and poultry manures at wider spread widths and accurate application rates, further enhanced by the RDS weighing technology (fitted to both machines on stand).
The new RDS weighing system was available to view for the first time since its introduction to the range of optional equipment for the Lowlander spreader range. It incorporates GPS technology for the ultimate standard in precision farming. Prescription maps can be generated and uploaded to the Apollo controller enabling exact variable rate application, achieving optimum efficiency of product distribution.
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