Goldacres G4V sprayer

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Goldacres is test­ing its new G4V Crop Cruiser self-pro­pelled sprayer in Vic­to­ria, writes Tom Dick­son

Aus­tralian spray equip­ment man­u­fac­turer Goldacres is in the fi­nal stages of test­ing a new self-pro­pelled sprayer and, if all goes to plan, will launch the new G4V spray rig within the next cou­ple of months.

The new light­weight nar­row-track-width sprayer is specif­i­cally de­signed for use in the hor­ti­cul­tural in­dus­try, but re­sults from top-se­cret test­ing con­ducted in the Bal­larat re­gion are in­di­cat­ing that it is quite ca­pa­ble right across the farm­ing spec­trum.

Boast­ing a com­pletely new design, the G4V Crop Cruiser fea­tures a 165hp, 4.5-litre Cum­mins en­gine cou­pled to a unique hy­draulic and me­chan­i­cal drive line sys­tem. The dual drive line com­bines hy­draulic drive from a Dan­foss Hy­draulic Trans­mis­sion Pump to a two-speed trans­fer case, and me­chan­i­cal drive from the trans­fer case to the wheels.

The ma­chine has in­board hy­draulic brakes, LSD diff cen­tres front and rear, con­stant four-wheel drive, and com­put­er­con­trolled four-wheel steer­ing which gives a min­i­mum turn­ing ra­dius of 3.2m.

Wheel tracks from 1.84m-2.39m can be achieved by ad­just­ing the bolted rim and disk con­fig­u­ra­tion to al­low up to 16 track width vari­a­tions.

The in­te­rior of the pre­mium five-pil­lar cabin fea­tures a

Gram­mer air ride seat, fold-away pas­sen­ger seat, cli­mate con­trol with ac­tive car­bon fil­tra­tion, a fully ad­justable steer­ing col­umn, Blue­tooth sound sys­tem and a va­ri­ety of charge points for elec­tronic de­vices.

All of the sprayer’s func­tion con­trol switches are con­ve­niently po­si­tioned on a fully moulded op­er­a­tor side con­sole.

The G4V’s speed, direction and brak­ing is man­aged by a single joy­stick lever mounted for con­ve­nience on the side con­sole.

The stan­dard 4000-litre so­lu­tion tank on the G4V can be matched to a se­lec­tion of fully hy­draulic folding booms rang­ing in width from 18-30m. A multi-stage cen­trifu­gal pump de­liv­ers high flow rates of up to 400 litres per minute.

A va­ri­ety of ISOBUS con­trollers in­clud­ing John Deere GreenS­tar, Trim­ble, TopCon and Ag Leader are com­pat­i­ble with the sys­tems on the G4V.

Ac­cord­ing to Goldacres sales and mar­ket­ing op­er­a­tions man­ager Stephen Richards, the ma­chine is be­ing tested by Shaun Breen, who trades as Western Ag Spray­ing. Breen also runs G6 (6000L) and G4 (4000L) sprayers and cov­ers Bal­larat and sur­round­ing districts in some boggy, de­mand­ing con­di­tions.

“Shaun is a great tester for us as he has used and helped de­velop our ma­chines for the past 10-15 years and has a solid un­der­stand­ing of them,” Richards says. “He only sprays broad­acre crops but has been re­ally im­pressed with how the G4V has per­formed in these con­di­tions.

“The ma­chine cur­rently has around 400 hours on it,” he adds. With ini­tial test­ing now in its fi­nal stages, the G4V is set to be rolled out within the next cou­ple of months. Farms and Farm

Ma­chin­ery will have a full prod­uct re­view and video as soon as the new sprayer is launched to the pub­lic.

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