SAM Fertiliser Spreaders (400 Series) are capable of spreading all chemical fertiliser including; superphosphate, urea and lime between 40kg - 2500kg/hectare, with spreading widths up to 20 m (superphosphate).
SAM Combo Spreaders (800 Series) are capable of spreading chemical fertiliser including; superphosphate, urea and lime, but will also spread most organic products like chicken and pig manure, screw-pressed effluent and sand.
What do load weigh scales do?
Load weigh scales give an accurate measure of the weight of fertiliser or feed in the bin and can be zeroed at any time. As standard, a fixed Iconix FX15 display unit is supplied with all SAM machines that are fitted with load weigh scales.
A simple calculation of the weight of fertiliser or feed spread, divided by the area covered, gives a very accurate spread rate (in kg/ha). This can be used as a check against the required back door setting on a Fertiliser Spreader.
Many new tractors have an inbuilt display that will give area covered at certain spread widths.
Can I get proof of placement with any SAM Spreader?
GPS guidance systems and proof of placement can be easily integrated with any SAM Spreader (both 400 & 800 Series) by simply purchasing a third party TracMap system or similar. This works seamlessly from the
cab of the tractor. GPS guidance systems and proof of placement can be supplied with either a standard ground driven SAM Fertiliser Spreader or with the Whitehead V3 Computer Controller.
What do you offer in the way of computer drives?
The Whitehead V3 computer control system can be installed in any of our Fertiliser Spreaders to replace the standard ground drive. This computer, in its basic form, keeps the hydraulic driven floor-belt turning independently to the forward speed of the Fertiliser Spreader. Rates can be controlled from the screen inside the cab. After setup, the V3 controller requires a few quick inputs; fertiliser density, spread width and spread rate.
There is a common misconception that a computer driven Fertiliser Spreader will include as standard a GPS display with light bar guidance and proof of placement software. These components can be easily supplied by third party providers (e.g. TracMap, Trimble etc.) but are not usually supplied as a standard part of a computer controlled SAM Spreader.
If variable rate spreading is required (changing spread rates automatically on the move from uploaded fertiliser mapping) then the the SAM Fertiliser Spreader must be Whitehead V3 computer controlled combined with the TracMap Pro or similar GPS.
What are the advantages of having a computer drive?
- Fertiliser Spreaders can travel very slowly while spreading at a very high rate (spreading shavings into sheds etc.).
- Can be upgraded by adding a TracMap Pro to provide variable rate spreading, e.g. the desired spread rate changes automatically from one area of a paddock to another.
- Fertiliser Spreader can unload without moving forward.
What are the disadvantages of computer drives?
- Tractor must have higher oil flows (approx 100 litres per minute).
- Most suited to operation behind one tractor as the power supply is hard-wired.
- Operator requires more training.
- Electronics fitted on Fertiliser Spreaders require more care.
- Higher purchase cost.
How do I know which tow hitch to go for?
The swivel tow hitch option provides added stability across varied terrain. If using in conjunction with a Quick Hitch you can request a donut eye instead of the standard ball eye.