Stocks Ag, the UK specialist manufacturer of pneumatic applicators for granular and microgranular products and small seeds, is using LAMMA 2020 to expand its range by launching a new 12-outlet model at the head of its flagship Turbo Jet line-up, joining the existing 8- and 10-outlet models. The new machine incorporates a number of features already established on existing Turbo Jet models, plus others that are new.
The Turbo Jet 12 is built around a new hopper arrangement, comprising two 150-litre or two 250-litre hoppers, providing respective combined capacities of 300 or 500 litres. Independent metering units deliver product from the twin hoppers.
A large pressure-balancing chamber situated before the product metering and delivery chamber balances the air pressure created by the fan, to ensure it applies an even force. Larger internal metering and delivery chambers are identically matched to the internal diameter of the flexible hose that connects them, thus eliminating both pressure fluctuations and the product stall points they can cause. This is combined with reduced internal resistance to allow a greater volume of air delivery. A new manifold with push-fit pipe fittings eases access should it be required.
A fan bias feature allows the operator to adjust the air flow to ensure it remains even and consistent across the wider working width of the machine, while a factory-installed twin fan option produces increased air flow for handling denser products or targeting wider spread widths.
Operators benefit from an easy-fill neck, with a new swivelling hopper extension meaning the neck ring is the same diameter as that used on the established Turbo Jet models. A new TM controller, designed specifically for independent twin metering, enables simultaneous application according to two variable-rate maps. Variable rate capability is unlocked as standard from the factory, while coverage/as-applied mapping is also standard, as is integral EGNOS-based GPS. A full range of lighting options is available.