Easy-switch orchard spreader

The new SAM orchard spreader

New Zealand manufacturer Coombridge & Alexander has just marked its 75th year. Their range traditionally includes SAM Spreaders, SAM Feed Wagons, SAM Hydraulic trailers and Quick Hitches.

Last year they extended into horticulture with their innovative new SAM Orchard Spreader.

Kiwifruit, avocado, apple, wine grape and other orchard crop growers can choose between spreading and banding from their tractor at the touch of a button. The belt reverses – forward for banding/piling, and backwards for spreading.

SAM Machinery design engineer Toby Stone says this versatility means a whole range of products can be spread. From the back it can spread the likes of superphosphate, lime, urea and chicken manure, or band/pile compost, vermicast, or mulch from the front – all with no change-over time.

The single-axle spreader has a standard capacity of two cubic metres with a top hat available for extra capacity.

“Customers had needs that were not being met with existing products that were out there – they wanted lower admin,” says Toby.

“It just takes a flick of the switch in the cab to instantly start or stop the application.

“Conveyors turn off together, meaning the material is instantly preloaded ready for the next run.

“When spreading, simply enter the spreading rate, density and row width, and away you go. The SAM controller has a very high water rating (IP67).”

Options are combined spinner RPM control and individual spinner RPM control, full touch screen, custom widths and axle risers. Tractor grip and wide low compaction tires. Hydraulic oil coolers and temperature monitoring are also available.

Spinner attachment options include one for RHS discharge only and one for blocking centre discharge.

For more information, chat to your local farm machinery dealer or see the advertisement on this page.


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