Applicators
Micro Meter

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Applicators - Micro Meter

The Micro Meter is a modular machine, built up in metre lengths as required and used to accurately meter and distribute small seeds and microgranules, and is available with either Vari-Speed or i-CON controls, + options of tractor ISOBUS, or RDS ISOCAN or ISO-ARTEMIS control.

It is usually attached to rigid non-folding implements to give low cost and reduced pass operations, and is ideal to apply seeds such as rape, mustard, stubble turnips, and de-awned grass, and many microgranular materials such as OSR micro granular fertiliser, and herbicide granules, through to full size slug pellets and low rate prilled fertilizer.

It is supplied in 1 metre widths, each with an integral steel chassis that are easily bolted together to form 1m, 2m and 3m units as required. A 12 volt motor drives fluted feed rolls that meter product through 6 outlets per metre hopper, gravity fed down delivery tubes for band sowing or to the supplied spreaders for broadcast effect. Blanking plates are supplied to reduce the number of outlets as required to match implements.

Specifications

(per metre)
Choice of i-CON or Vari-Speed control systems (+ ISO option)
Power requirement 12 volts DC - 25 amp.
Hopper capacity 60 litres each. (Approximately 40 kgs rape).
Outlet spacing 166mm
Net weight 1m = 36kgs, 2m = 61kgs, 3m = 86 kgs.
Dimensions each unit - mm. W 1020 x D 320 x H 480 less spreader or 900 including spreader.

PRODUCT RANGE & SPREADING PERFORMANCE

1 METRE MICRO METER - Vari-Speed or i-CON controls. Band sow up to 6 rows, or spread 1.5m. Hopper capacity 60 litres, 6 outlets, 2m spreader kit with 6 spreaders, 10m of delivery tube, 3 blanking plates.
2 METRE MICRO METER - Vari-Speed or i-CON controls. Band sow up to 12 rows, or spread 3m. Hopper capacity 120 litres, 12 outlets, 3m spreader kit with 12 spreaders, 20m of delivery tube, 6 blanking plates.
3 METRE MICRO METER - Vari-Speed or i-CON controls. Band sow up to 18 rows, or spread 4m. Hopper capacity 180 litres, 18 outlets, 4m spreader kit with 18 spreaders, 30 metres of delivery tube, 9 blanking plates.

Electric Controls

Two systems are available. Vari-Speed or i-CON. Each supplied with control console, 6m connector cable from the control console. Vari- Speed supplied with 3.5m fused battery lead, i-CON supplied with 7m power lead to connect to tractor 3 pin DIN plug. If no 3 pin plug available, a fused battery lead is a cost option. Extension cables available as a cost option (+ ISO option).

Micro meter application

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Each hopper has 6 outlets. Product is metered by a precision moulded plastic fluted feed roll driven by a stainless steel feed shaft powered by a 12 volt motor driving through a 2 speed reduction gearbox. The feed rolls slide through their housings to provide stepless rate adjustment by opening or closing the feed aperture using a simple
rotary wheel and the feed shaft speed can be increased or decreased as required.
The application rate is set by a combination of feed aperture setting and shaft speed - which in turn is a combination of gearbox setting (high or low speed) and feed motor speed. For 2 or 3 metre units, each hopper has its own adjuster to slide the 6 feed rolls together.
A simple calibration Cost option of deep groove feed rolls is available for higher output, eg, grass seed, fertiliser.
Please enquire.


Micro meter blanking

Blanking Plates

Use these to reduce the number of outlets per hopper as required. For example if band sowing behind a 5 leg sub-soiler, use a 1m Micro Meter with 6 outlets and blank off 1 outlet, leaving 5. If using a 7 leg subsoiler, use a 2m Micro Meter with 12 outlets, and blank off 2 in one hopper and 3 in the other hopper to leave 7, and so on.
Micro meter spreaderMicro meter spreader

Spreader Kit

Each 1m hopper is supplied with a spreader kit consisting of 6 inverted nylon cones attached to steel tubes, in turn attached to a length of steel channel section which is suspended below the Micro Meter hopper on supplied brackets. These spreader assemblies may be joined together if using 2 or 3 hoppers. The spreaders slide along the channel to the required spacing where they are locked in place. 10m of rubber delivery tube per hopper is supplied to be cut to length as required.
Use the nylon cones to broadcast, or remove them for band sowing.
The spreader kit is easily user modified as required.

What width Micro Meter is required?

This is determined by the implement width, the number of feed outlets needed, hopper capacity required, and the decision to broadcast or band sow.

Broadcast

Typically used for small seeds or herbicide granules if all the bout width has been cultivated. Broadcast width using the spreader cones. Each 1m hopper has 6 spreaders and will broadcast most granules and small seeds evenly up to 1.5m (max), so 2 hoppers with 12 spreaders = 3m even broadcast (max) and 3 hoppers with 18 spreaders = up to 4.5m even broadcast (max). Height of the cones approx 300-400mm from the ground and spread widths will vary according to product being metered - establish width before use.

Band Sow

Typically used when sowing rape from a sub-soiler with no other cultivation and band sowing behind or just to each side of the legs over the wings, or applying microgranular fertiliser in bands.

Fitting to the Implement

The chassis' simply and easily bolt together to form a rigid structure and
spare holes are provided in the chassis' to facilitate fitting to the parent vehicle with suitable user supplied brackets. The hoppers need to be mounted high enough to ensure gravity feed of product down the delivery tubes.

PRICING CHOICE - Models & Cost Options

Micro Meter i-CON 1m, 2m or 3m.
Complete with all controls and standard cables, and spreader kit.
Micro Meter Vari-Speed 1m, 2m or 3m.
Complete with all controls and standard cables, and spreader kit.

COST OPTIONS

ISO control option
Extension connector / power / battery cables
High output feed rolls