Hardi Hel­lios self-pro­pelled sprayer

Hardi Aus­tralia un­veils its af­ford­able Hel­lios self-pro­pelled sprayer

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Hardi Aus­tralia has taken the wraps off its new Hel­lios “light-weight” self-pro­pelled sprayer.

The 3,000-litre Hel­lios has al­ready proven pop­u­lar with Euro­pean grow­ers thanks to its de­sign mak­ing it “per­fect” on soft soils, tight head­lands, and dif­fi­cult slopes.

Hardi Aus­tralia CEO Bill Franklin says the lo­cal busi­ness has in­vested con­sid­er­able time and ex­per­tise to tai­lor the Euro­pean con­cept for lo­cal farm­ers’ re­quire­ments. “We are acutely aware that lo­cal spray­ing needs are unique,” he says. “That’s why we build our sprayers here.”

The Hel­lios’ stand­out fea­ture is its front-mounted alu­minium boom, which is of­fered lo­cally in widths from 24 to 36 me­tres. Hardi says the ar­range­ment gives op­er­a­tors a panoramic for­ward view of their job from the ma­chine’s cat­e­gory-four cab.

Franklin says Hardi Aus­tralia has put sub­stan­tial work into its alu­minium booms, which are de­signed to pro­vide a bet­ter per­for­mance on the re­gion’s farms. “We have been work­ing with alu­minium booms for many years,” he says. “Hardi Aus­tralia has un­matched ex­per­tise in in­te­grat­ing alu­minium boom wings with ad­vanced boom cen­tres to de­liver the best ride, height con­trol, and dura­bil­ity.

“Our ex­pe­ri­ence and Hardi’s Au­toHeight con­trol means the Hel­lios boom will spend far more time at an op­ti­mum height above the crop or soil – and that means more ef­fec­tive ap­pli­ca­tion,” he adds.

Hardi Aus­tralia will of­fer Hel­lios with the fixed track width of

1.8 me­tres, as well as wider two-me­tre and three-me­tre op­tions. Four-wheel steer­ing is also avail­able, for ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity in tight head­lands.

The Hardi Hel­lios uses a hy­dro-me­chan­i­cal drive sys­tem, which man­ages the power and torque out­put of its 140hp Deutz diesel en­gine to op­ti­mise per­for­mance and trac­tion. This sys­tem also al­lows the sprayer to ex­cel on a lighter and more eco­nom­i­cal power plant, sav­ing weight and fuel.

Other fea­tures in­clude the Ac­tivAir noz­zle con­trol sys­tem, to main­tain pres­sure in the fluid sys­tem, a 35-litre grad­u­ated in­duc­tion hop­per, multi-layer airbag sus­pen­sion, and the Ma­trix Pro GS 840 con­troller.

From its fac­tory in Ade­laide, Hardi is able to con­fig­ure each Hel­lios to suit in­di­vid­ual cus­tomer re­quire­ments.

Hardi has tai­lored the Hel­lios to Aus­tralian con­di­tions

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