EuroAgri is on the move to a new premises, located at 239 Alford Forest Road Ashburton.
Same contact details, just a new address.
The new premises will allow us to continually grow our business, and offer our superb customer service.
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In early June Bruce and Hamish took the opportunity to visit our suppliers in Europe. Firstly was a quick stop at Househam in the UK to look at both the Spirit and Merlin, Househam’s new self propelled sprayer models. With a tour of both production facilities and a meet and greet with staff concluded it was time to let the boys loose in these new machines. We were provided with a large open field, which we used to test the operational features, comfort and driveability of these sprayers.
Onto Denmark and first stop was Heva in Nykobing Mors. Again the company has two locations close together. Product training was taken over two days and tours we conducted of both factories. We also meet some local farms and studied the way European farmers are growing Oil Seed Rape.
Finally to Bredal in Vejle Ost. Bredal currently operate from three locations with the biggest being their new production facility housing a new powder coating plant. Again product training was conducted over two days. We also visited the Test Hall operated by the University of Aarhus where we tested various fertiliser spreader configurations.
Househam has unveiled the fully new Merlin range as well as new models in its entry-level Spirit range.
Merlin sprayers are a next generation that features a new boom design and layout, better tractor design and ergonomic layout, new wheel motor design and features, a bigger wider cab, higher clearance and smooth underbody, and totally new, simpler plumbing design.
Models in the Merlin ranges are available in 3000, 4000, 5000 and 6000 litre tank sizes with standard booms from 24m to 40.
EuroAgri general manager James McCloy says Merlin sprayers feature a 170hp CAT Tier III engine or optional 225hp unit.
“High speed bent axis wheel motors distribute power through the four gear boxes for maximum power, maximum traction and minimum power loss.
“The standard option is a smooth-shift transmission but a stepless ‘smart transmission’ is available as an option,” James McCloy says.
For safe braking on the road, Merlin sprayers have on-board dynamic brakes as well as hydrostatic braking.
The chassis design includes Rubboflex mounted axles that isolate transmission vibration and have fewer lubrication and maintenance points. The axles are telescopic with twin pinch bolt configuration and the extended wheel base gives more stability and near 50:50 weight distribution.
Boom options include twin-fold model with working widths of 13m to 24m and triple-fold models in working widths up to 40m.
“The booms are flat fold to give a lower centre of gravity during road transport. The centre frame of the boom gives the operator total control either manually or with the Househam boom levelling system. If you operate on rough terrain you might want to consider full geometry boom control, which has a ‘return to level’ option,” James McCloy says.
“The plumbing system has been redesigned to minimise its complexity. It gives complete tank emptying, full boom recirculation, and easy access to the filters and pumps for servicing.”
Merlin’s cab offers a high spec operator environment with a highly efficient carbon filtered climate control system, curved and tinted rear glass for optimum visibility,
The 10 inch touchscreen terminal used Intel dual core technology. Options include Field Master GPS guidance software with auto section control or integrated Spray Pilot autosteer.
Househam’s Spirit self-propelled sprayers are entry level machines designed for medium sized operation that now run trailed machines.
“Weighing in at less than 6000kg, Spirit sprayers are essentially high spec’d buggy-type machines with a price that is sure to impress,” James McCloy.
The standard Spirit boasts a high spec cab with full air conditioning, 3000 litre GRP tank, and hydrostatic drives for power and manoeuvrability. Booms are 24m wide and the Spirit has a 140hp CAT engine.
A revolutionary design layout incorporates an open power pack engine and pump system positioned at the rear of the machine for excellent weight distribution. Te power pack has significantly lower noise levels.
Another new feature of the Spirit is the Pantograph arm boom height control.
James McCloy says Househam developed the Spirit for farmers who want greater flexibility in their spraying operations, which trailed a sprayer and tractor cannot deliver.
“Spirit is a self-propelled machine that is within reach of small to medium sized farmers who cannot justify an ultra-high spec machine.”
Danish-made Bredal variable rate fertiliser spreaders are known for their even and accurate spreading, and are one of the flagship products being distributed in New Zealand by Ashburton-based EuroAgri Imports.
The accuracy and durability of the tractor mounted F2 series and trailed, truck mounted or 3pt linkage K series on which the Bredal reputation is founded, is made possible by their double overlap spread pattern which gives spreading widths from 10 metres to 36 metres.
EuroAgri’s General Manager James McCloy says all the Bredal machines feature headland spreading, which keeps fertilizer out of waterways.
EuroAgri cuts out the middle man by dealing directly with the European exporters, and the fact that there are no extra links in the chain means very competitive pricing.
James McCloy says all the companies his business represents are family-owned so the communication chains between New Zealand and Europe are clear and direct.
With a 30 year background in agricultural machinery he says the machines EuroAgri supplies are all top end products, backed by local knowledge and experience, and promises a back up service second to none.
He says the aim is to maximise sustainability for future generations of New Zealand farmers, while offering the current crop the best products, the best parts and service backup, and the best value for money.
In addition to their new franchise brands, EuroAgri sells on behalf of owners who are upgrading. All used machinery is thoroughly inspected, transport can be arranged at competitive freight rates, and different marketing options can be arranged for individual machines.
EuroAgri has industry contacts throughout New Zealand and Europe, so if a buyer can’t find what they’re looking for, a simple phone call to EuroAgri may provide a solution
James McCloy says the key to EuroAgri’s service a small team of workers at the coal face, not a bunch of big city investors. They’ll demonstrate on site, and they can match the requirements of the user to the desired results. There’s also a huge stock of parts in stock.
Among the most popular Bredal models for contracting and large scale farming are the K series of wide belt spreaders, which come in both trailing and truck mounted versions, with hopper sizes from three tonnes to 15 tonnes.
The truck mounted spreaders are computer and the trailing spreaders are either computer or wheel drive.
The K series spreads all fertilizers, lime, chicken manure, sand and grit. Among the key features are a mechanical drive wheel, which detects the vehicle's speed and enables the application rate to be adjusted according to the forward speed.
Simple and robust, the drive wheel can be adjusted to suit different treads and wheel sizes
The spreading system on the trailing K series models is the SPC 4500-2 which uses a belt transmission in which two V belts transfer power from the tractors PTO to the spreading discs.
Belt transmission drives offer many advantages, including the absorption of shock loads by the belts without damaging the transmission. On the truck mounted models the drive is via a top drive hydraulic motor.
Models in the K series extend from the K40 which has a capacity of 3.6 cubic metres with extensions to the K125 which carries 14.3 cubic metres with extensions. The K 125 has a loading capacity of 15 tonnes and comes with standard computer control.
The Bredal F2 fertiliser spreader has a unique metering system which gives infinite accuracy with all fertilizer types regardless of speed. This is done through a rubber wheel driving on to the centre of the tractor wheel.
The F2 can also be electronically controlled via a Bredal Auto Control LH500 computer and load cells. This means small or large quantities of fertiliser can be applied, regulated and monitored directly from the drivers cab.
The Bredal F2 also features accurate headland spreading via the computer. It comes with a stainless steel hopper from 1,500 litre to 3,200 litre capacity.
Spreading is via twin discs rotating inwards driving a double overlap spread pattern from 10 metres to 36 metres.
For further information contact Hamish Wilson of EuroAgri at 027 228 9430 or James McCloy at 027 282 7606 or 03 307 7445.