EXCLUSIVE: Agrifac Condor self-propelled sprayers ready for Australian debut

By: Anna Game-Lopata

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Agrifac Condor self propelled sprayer Europe's top sprayer Condor is set to enter the Australian market in August 2014. Agrifac Condor self propelled sprayer

The Netherlands farm machinery manufacturer Agrifac is set to hit Australian shores with its new Condor range of self-propelled sprayers which is recognised as a market leader in Europe. Anna Game-Lopata speaks to Agrifac to get the full scoop.

The company’s new Condor and Condor Endurance sprayers are its direct descendent and will be the first of Agrifac’s portfolio to enter the Australian market from August.

According to Agrifac Sales Manager for Australia Steven Koop, who started here a year ago, the Condor and Condor Endurance range is one of two key Agrifac products and is recognised as the top sprayer in Europe.

"We specialise in self-propelled sprayers and we are one step ahead of other manufactures," Koop claims. "All Agrifac machines are produced following our ‘4 Es concept’ for growers: efficiency, economy, ergonomics and ecology."

The company’s second main product line, the Agrifac Exxact HexxTraxx, is the largest sugar beet harvester in the world.

"But as there are not many sugar beet fields in Australia, our focus here will be the Condor and the Condor Endurance self-propelled sprayers," Koop tells NewFarmMachinery.

"We are a brand new company to Australian growers and we see a big potential for the Condor in the Australian market."

Koop says the Condor sprayer is more stable than others on the market as for Agrifac "everything starts with a strong and stable boom".

"The Condor also has a different hydraulic driveline which makes it possible to drive with very low engine RPM, leading to less fuel consumption," he says. "The Condor is low maintenance but high tech, so it is a simple to use, quality sprayer."

The Condor is available with tank capacities of 3,400, 4,000, 5,000 or 8,000 litres, spray booms from 24m to 54m and power options of 286bhp or 325bhp (213kW to 242kW) to save on chemicals and cleaning time.

Dubbed ‘Endurance’ for its staying power, the Condor Endurance sprayer is based on the existing concept but larger, thanks to its StabiloPlus chassis.

"With its 8,000-litre tank and track width adjustment between 200cm and 300cm, the StabiloPlus offers unequalled flexibility and stability enabling the user to work long hours.

"In combination with its 51m J-boom, the Condor Endurance has an extremely high capacity. Its road speed of up to 50km/h brings you to the required place faster."

Agrifac’s innovative development for circulation GreenFlowPlus comes standard on both the Condor and Condor Endurance machines with a number of benefits.

Some of these include the Agrifac pressure regulator which allows high capacity without loss of pressure, the prevention of sedimentation and triangular spray patterns and automatic cleaning.

"Agrifac also offers its own integrated Agrifac-GPS since we found many existing GPS too limited," Koop says. "With the new Agrifac GPS system nozzles can be individually switched on and off."

Agrifac’s user friendly EcoTronicPlus and Agrifac-GPS screen enables the Condor operator to focus on controlling everything as desired.

In spray mode, two speed ranges are available with forward speeds regulated using a joystick or a foot pedal, while in road mode the engine rpm reduces for better fuel economy.

"Equipped with air brakes, air suspension and the most comfortable cab available, the operator travels quickly, comfortably and safely," Koop says.

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