Listening to what users need has been the key motivation in the design of a new range of self-propelled pedestrian sprayers from Martin Lishman Ltd. After showing a prototype at Saltex 2009, many refinements and extra features have been built in to what is probably now the most compact and yet sophisticated sprayer of its type available. The result is the Micro-Spray range which can be seen at Saltex 2010 and also viewed in action in the Safe Working on Slopes feature.
"We are not new to pedestrian sprayers;" comments Gavin Lishman, "our Spot-On Sprayer was a super little machine. The Micro-Spray moves the concept on significantly, but is still priced at a level that users can justify."
A frequent request from users was that the sprayer should be an appropriate size for the job, so the Micro-Spray 50, with a 50 litre tank, will fit through most tennis court and bowling green gates and the 70 litre version is designed to suit landscapers and estates maintenance work. The largest Micro-Spray 120 is ideal for golf course and sports field contractors who need to cover larger areas. All versions have large pneumatic tyres to ensure a wider footprint even with the largest tank size.
Bowling green contractor Mark Hammond feels the Micro-Spray 50 would suit perfectly his type of operation. "I need to carry a lot of equipment between jobs so it has to be compact and easy to handle. This machine answers all the questions for me - it is shorter and narrower than anything else I've seen, so it will be easy to transport - they've clearly put a lot of thought into it."
Powered by two 12 volt leisure batteries, the Micro-Spray heavy-duty controlled drive unit makes it suitable for all terrains and all physiques. Operators can walk behind or in front at their own speed and adjust the pump pressure to suit. The speed is maintained irrespective of terrain or tank weight and the motor brakes automatically if the power is cut or the trigger switch in the integrated control handle is released. This feature is a clear sign that the Micro-Spray's control system, which also includes key control so the machine can be disabled, has been designed to be fully compliant with the latest machinery directive regulations, making it suitable for local authority use.
The Micro-Spray range comes as standard with a 2 metre independent-section boom complete with break-backs and individual nozzle shut-offs, and a shrouded boom option is planned. A hand lance is also available as an optional extra. Prices for the Micro-Spray range start at £1925.
For further information, please visit the Martin Lishman stand at Saltex (DAA41C), visit the Safe Working on Slopes feature at the show or contact the company on 01778 426600; email@example.com; www.martinlishman.com.