Brochard continues winning streak

By: Carene Chong, Video by: Tom Dickson

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French ag-machinery company Brochard Constructeur has clinched the prestigious Machine of the Year award at the 2016 Wimmera Machinery Field Days for its versatile spreader range, marking its second big win in six months.

Brochard continues winning streak
(L-R) Techgrow Agriculture national sales manager Mark Bastian, Brochard Constructeur owner Alain Bellion, potential customer Tara Hindson with daughter Isabelle, and Techgrow Agriculture technician Richard Graham.

In October last year, Brochard won the Imported Machine of the Year award at the Elmore field days for its EV2200 spreader which has a capacity of 33 cubic-metres.

This time around, it was the smaller but equally efficient Dragon 2001 model that has bagged the prestigious prize at the recent Wimmera field days which ran from March 1 to 3 this year.

Spreader specialist Techgrow Agriculture is the exclusive distributor of Brochard spreaders in Australia. The company also distributes the Bogballe range of linkage spreaders in the country. 

Brochard Constructeur CEO Alain Bellion, who flew in all the way from France to attend the field days was there to accept the award.

Techgrow Agriculture national sales manager Mark Bastian says winning the award is a great result for the company.

"We’re very excited about it as it fires on from us also winning the Elmore Imported Machine of the Year award last year," he says.

The Brochard Dragon 2001 multi-purpose spreader has a capacity of 21 cubic-metres and according to Bastian is principally used to spread manure but can also be used to spread lime and gypsum.

"As opposed to our competitors who run a single link chain, we run a heavy duty Vaucanson chain which is a lot stronger," he says.

"Instead of having to cut and shut links out of the chain as it’s damaged you can simply clip the links in and out."

The machine also features two horizontal beaters which serve to process the product before spreading.

"In the working position, a back cover comes down over the beaters, the beaters process the product, the product then falls down on to the spreading table and the discs underneath the beaters then spread the product out," Bastian says.

He adds the company has achieved up to 15m of spreading width for light chicken litter and that heavier products should spread wider.

A 14mm wide double flat chain floor on the machine serves to move the product to the beaters for spreading, which Bastian says is hydraulically controlled though an electric system built in-house by Brochard.

"This machine’s on a single axle and the beaters are running via the PTO of the machine," he adds.

The Dragon 2001 spreader can be specified with a range of extras including a hydraulic chain floor tightening device, weighing system, hydro load sensing bloc, door position indicator, GPS, and more.

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