Slurry technology to ‘cut and dribble’ its way to the ‘Ploughing’
Mastek, an Irish manufacturer of low-emission slurry spreading machinery, is launching three new features for its range of Slurry Mate dribble bars and trailing shoes (including a new app) at the National Ploughing Championships 2017.
Mastek has spent the last five years designing what it describes as a “state-of-the-art” macerator, specially designed for the Irish market. It is dubbed the Supercut Macerator, according to managing director, Paul Quinn.
The new Supercut Macerator features six blades with “unique” V-shaped cutting teeth which, when rotating, will “shear long fibre and plastic” when it passes through the exit holes.
Each hose outlet has an independent one-way air valve, which allows air to enter into the outlet chamber of each outlet on the macerator.
This product will be fitted to all future Mastek products by default; it is retrofittable to existing Mastek macerators.
The slurry equipment manufacturer will also launch a new anti-drip system that prevents slurry from dripping out of the Universal Dribble Bar when returning from the field (after emptying the tanker).
Its simple design folds the lay-flat hose when the two outside arms are hydraulically closed. When the operator returns to the field and lowers the two outside arms, the anti-drip system automatically opens.
This is available as an optional extra on Mastek’s Universal Dribble Bar systems.
The Mastek SmartSpread – an app used to optimise slurry spreading accuracy – will also be launched at the National Ploughing Championships.
This iPhone app tells the operator what speed to travel at – to match the slurry requirements per acre.
The operator must have a flowmeter for this app to work accurately. The Mastek SmartSpread app is also in development for Android devices.