Take a ride in the Vicon iXdrive

Following a successful series of on-farm demonstrations with contractors and growers, Vicon is taking the iXdrive to the National Self-Propelled Sprayer Demo on Feb 22nd at Bramcote Hall Farm, Warton, Staffordshire.

Bristling with an advanced level of technology, iXdrive combines a forward control, high-comfort Vista cab and a spray pack offering tank sizes of 4000, 5000 and 6000 litres, and boom sizes from 24-30m (aluminium) and 24-40m (steel).

All boom options are variable geometry, allowing left- and right-hand sides to be raised and lowered independently, with contour following managed by Boom Guide Active Roll.

Spray technology also includes auto boom height control, GPS auto switching for up to 15 boom sections, and nozzle switching by pneumatic valves. Spray lines are fed from both ends, to maintain constant pressure across the boom width, creating a true prime and purge system.

Power comes from a 240hp Perkins engine that meets the latest EU Stage IV emissions regulations. It drives the wheels through a twin-range Sauer hydrostatic transmission that generates positive traction control from using two pumps that supply the wheel motors in sequence. This has the effect of driving the axles individually, and means one wheel on each axle will always be powered. Disc brakes can also be fitted, for additional security on slopes.

Whether full or empty, the iXdrive will be hard to beat for weight distribution - fully loaded, its weight distribution is 50:50, changing to 51:49 when empty. This translates into a very smooth ride and provides a more stable platform on which its booms are mounted. And this rewards the operator with better boom stability and compliments the sprayer’s active suspension.

Come and see what everyone is talking about - come and try out the new iXdrive from Vicon.

9th February 2017

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