Bath Rugby Club has recently added a Martin Lishman Compact Sprayer to the extensive range of equipment at their well-known ground 'The Rec'.
Darren Ball, Head Groundsman at the club, commented, "We decided to upgrade to a larger tank to reduce the number of re-fills during the spraying day. The 300 litre Tractor Mounted Sprayer is the ideal size for our applications and fits perfectly on to our John Deere Compact Tractor".
The PTO drive with 70 litre/min AR70 twin diaphragm pump has proved an added benefit, "The added power from the larger pump has made the job much easier as we are able to apply a wide variety of soluble fertilisers without blocking the spray lines".
Key features of the 300 litre Tractor Mounted Sprayer include circuit rinse and eye-wash tanks, 3-point linkage frame for Category 1 fixings, 3-section balanced valve block with pressure regulation, agitation and an isolator for each boom section.
The club upgraded the boom from a standard 4 metre boom to a 6 metre 3-section folding boom to allow them to control the amount of spray within the existing cutting lines on the pitch.
The air inclusion nozzles, fitted as an optional extra, have proved to be an excellent feature of the sprayer due to the reduction in spray drift.
"With selective weed killers, we mix 3.5 litres of product to 300 litres of water. The rates do vary depending on the type of fertiliser or herbicide we are apply ing", commented Martin Hobbs, Assistant Groundsman, "and this sprayer enables us to very simply change the settings to suit".
The sprayer, purchased through Lister Wilder Ltd, is currently being used on two pitches. The grounds staff will continue to spray the pitches up until October and already plan on increasing the usage of the sprayer for the next season.
As Martin Hobbs comments, "It is so much more efficient and saves a significant amount of time as we have halved the number of tank re-fills. It is one of the best pieces of kit we have bought!"
For information on the full range of Compact Sprayers, contact Martin Lishman Ltd on +44 (0) 1778 426600 or visit www.martinlishman.com