smart SCOUT

Rapid Spray's new Scout range is the prod­uct of years of lis­ten­ing to feed­back on the chang­ing needs of the spray mar­ket

Farms & Farm Machinery - - Front Page - For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the Rapid Spray team on 1300 901 504.

Blend­ing a pas­sion for farm­ing and in­no­va­tion, Rapid Spray’s core val­ues have al­ways been to im­prove and make the lives of farm­ers eas­ier.

The com­pany was founded in the early 1990s by Michael Firth, who merged his engi­neer­ing ex­per­tise and love of farm­ing and cre­ated the first ro­to­moulded poly trough, hav­ing a firm be­lief in the ben­e­fits that poly has for farm­ers.

As the busi­ness grew steadily and the ap­pli­ca­tions for poly in­creased, the first poly tanks were man­u­fac­tured, prov­ing their dura­bil­ity again and again over the years. With the ben­e­fits and re­silience of poly be­com­ing clearer, this opened the door to a whole new range of prod­ucts which could as­sist the farmer.

Re­launch­ing in 2003 in Sin­gle­ton, NSW, Rapid Spray now boasts an ex­ten­sive range from com­pact, ver­sa­tile spot spray­ing units for small jobs, to medium-sized boom sprayers for those big­ger fields, liq­uid cartage tanks, high-pres­sure wash clean­ing units, the largest diesel re­fu­elling tank range in Aus­tralia and fire-fight­ing equip­ment. A driv­ing pas­sion to make the lives of farm­ers bet­ter and more ef­fi­cient is still the force be­hind Rapid Spray, with con­stant in­vest­ment in in­no­va­tion and cus­tomer sup­port.

In 2006, Rapid Spray in­vented the first mod­u­lar wa­ter tank in the world, con­nect­ing any num­ber of 2,000-litre com­part­ments to create any size tank you wish. In 2007, the com­pany in­tro­duced the Ball Baf­fle to the wa­ter cartage mar­ket – the only liq­uid baf­fle sys­tem that has been in­de­pen­dently tested and ver­i­fied by Load­Safe Aus­tralia.

The Buddy Smart Reel, an auto reel with di­rect-drive mo­tor, was in­tro­duced into the mar­ket in 2014 and rev­o­lu­tionised the spray mar­ket with the MyPace re­mote al­low­ing for a cus­tomised walk­ing pace.

Rapid Spray’s lat­est in­ven­tion, the Scout model range, is the prod­uct of many years of lis­ten­ing to feed­back on the chang­ing needs of the mar­ket and find­ing out what would truly make cus­tomers lives eas­ier. A turn­ing point in UTV spray­ing, the SprayS­cout has been de­signed to be the best on the mar­ket for a com­pact, ver­sa­tile UTV spray unit that max­imises use of these im­por­tant new farm ma­chines.

Rapid Spray re­search and de­vel­op­ment man­ager James Sargeant says: “With the grow­ing trend for UTVs to be used in place of quads on-farm, many farm­ers have been ask­ing us for a com­pact re­mote reel sprayer that doesn’t sac­ri­fice on tank ca­pac­ity or pump per­for­mance. Af­ter two-and-a-half years of de­vel­op­ment and test­ing, we are pleased to be able to de­liver.”

With the UTV in mind, the SprayS­cout 360L has been de­signed to hold a large amount of liq­uid but stay com­pact in di­men­sions to fit per­fectly into the back of a UTV.

The SprayS­cout 600L was de­signed with the dual-cab ute firmly in sight, fea­tur­ing com­pact di­men­sions to fit within the wheel arches of a stan­dard ute back but with­out sac­ri­fic­ing any ca­pac­ity com­pared with a tra­di­tional tray-mounted unit. With mul­ti­ple pump op­tions and twin- or sin­gle-hose reel op­tions, the SprayS­cout can­not be passed over.

Other in­dus­try firsts in­clude the built-in 70-litre fresh wa­ter tank with hand­wash which can be used to rinse the pump and reels in sec­onds with a sim­ple flick of a valve; and the en­closed bat­tery com­part­ment for keep­ing ex­pen­sive bat­ter­ies out of the weather where ter­mi­nals can cor­rode quickly.

Farm­ers will ap­pre­ci­ate hav­ing had their com­mon con­cerns heard with large easy-to-use tie down lo­ca­tions, fully en­closed fork­lift pock­ets to pre­vent load­ing ac­ci­dents, all com­po­nents gal­vanised prior to pow­der coat­ing to pre­vent rust and a fully drain­ing sump tank with large ac­ces­si­ble fil­ter and 32mm drain valve for fast clean­ing.

Launched at the same time as the SprayS­cout is the

Pres­sure Scout and the FireS­cout, the Pres­sureS­cout has been de­signed to of­fer a com­plete pres­sure-wash so­lu­tion in­clud­ing wa­ter for those hard-to-get-to places and jobs such as on-farm biose­cu­rity and equip­ment wash­down in the field. With the mul­ti­ple pump op­tions and sin­gle- or dual-hose reel con­fig­u­ra­tions, the Pres­sureS­cout will not be looked over.

The FireS­cout is a great com­pact so­lu­tion for back burn­ing, stub­ble burn­ing and gen­eral wa­ter sup­ply in re­mote ar­eas. Fea­tur­ing the same great de­sign as the SprayS­cout, but with a 490L/min high-vol­ume Aussie FireChief pump and 36M of 19mm fire hose with ad­justable noz­zle, the FireS­cout makes por­ta­ble fire pre­ven­tion and con­tain­ment easy.

“Dual-cab utes are very much part of the Aus­tralian land­scape. Now you have the choice of 360 or 600L in a com­pact but fully fea­tured ma­chine with­out hav­ing to worry about how it’s go­ing to fit,” Rapid Spray sales man­ager Rus­sell Firth says.

Rapid Spray strives to bring to the agri­cul­tural and in­dus­trial mar­kets a range of tried and proven, Aus­tralian-de­signed and man­u­fac­tured prod­ucts that are built to per­form bet­ter in the field ev­ery day.

Now you have the choice of 360 or 600L in a com­pact but fully fea­tured ma­chine with­out hav­ing to worry about how it’s go­ing to fit.

Above: With the grow­ing trend for UTVs to be used in place of quads on-farm, many farm­ers have been ask­ing for a com­pact re­mote reel sprayer that doesn’t sac­ri­fice ca­pac­ity or per­for­mance

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