New for 2016 – the Fan Jet Twin Plus and Fan Jet Duo Plus are now controlled by either the ergonomic RDS colour touch screen i-CON system, or the lower cost VS-2. These new controls replace the Precision VR or Vari Speed options that were used previously.
Both the i-CON and VS-2 are speed proportionate controls, using a GPS receiver to sense forward speed and maintaining the pre-set application rate in line with forward speed. This means accurate application of slug pellets is assured regardless of rate or forward speed – rates can be ultra low because the pellets are metered using feed rolls – and the work rate (Ha/hour) can be higher because the vehicle can drive at the optimum speed depending on field conditions. The i-CON is also capable of precision farming variable rate application which could be utilised for pellet application (a software upload is required for this)
The i-CON control uses a colour touch screen to set and display the comprehensive and numerous features. It automatically maintains the preset application rate as forward speed varies, with manual on-the-go up and down adjustment of rate from the target – it uses an extremely simple and accurate programmed calibration procedure for stepless rate setting (catch and weigh test) – it measures and displays the forward speed (KPH)from the GPS receiver – part area and total area worked (Ha) and the actual application rate including any deviation up or down (%) using the nudge feature – spinning disc speed (RPM) – and has a remote ON/OFF switch facility.
It has audible and visual alarms for low hopper contents + pre-set alerts of usage – minimum and maximum forward speeds beyond which the programmed rate cannot be maintained – feed motors stopped – disc motors stopped - low electrical power.
An integrated SD card reader allows basic data logging to produce field records – upload directly onto a spreadsheet or yield map proprietary package – and with a software upload the i-CON is capable of PF variable rate application – putting the slug pellets where they are needed most. Each machine, left and right hand has its own i-CON control for independent on-the –move headland control.Please see CONTROLS for an image of the i-CON.
The VS-2 is a simple lower cost control. As the lowest cost option, it can be used without a GPS receiver as a fixed forward speed to rate control, or with the addition of the GPS (cost option) it will maintain the pre-set application rate in line will forward speed changes.
Using rotary dials and switches, and a really simple rate calibration (timed catch and weigh test) and an in-field speed calibration procedure - the speed of the feed rolls and spinning discs are set to give the required rate and spread. There is no display but a simple alarm system with red or green LED display and audible alerts will monitor the main in-field functions of feed motors and spinning disc motors with an optional hopper level sensor and remote ON/OFF switch function available.
Independent left and right hand control of the feed motors provide on-the-move headland control.
All other features of the Fan Jet Twin and Duo remain as before, with a beam chassis option for front mounting to tractors and self propelled sprayers – spread bias adjustment to the left and right – mirror imaged machines with contra-rotating discs – a choice of 65L or 130L hopper capacities (total 100kgs/200kgs) – tipping hoppers for easy emptying – calibration chute for safe effective calibration.
2016. All new Stocks applicators using a rotary feed mechanism to meter the seed or granule or slug pellet can now be controlled by the ISOBUS terminal of the tractor.
Stocks produce a range a 12v powered application machinery, including seeders such as Turbo Jet pneumatic and Micro Meter gravity for OSR, grass and cover crops, etc, and granular applicators such as Rotor Meter and Maxi Meter used for micro and full sized fertiliser, and slug pellet broadcasters such as Fan Jet Mini, Pro Plus, Twin Plus and Duo Plus – all these machines share a rotary feed mechanism powered by the same electric motor and RDS control system – this is the i-CON colour touch screen GPS based, speed proportionate, precision farming able control designed to be used as a stand-alone system for each machine.
Now all these machines are available as ISOBUS compatible and operators can control them with the tractors own in-cab control terminal. Simply plug in to the tractor system, and all the information is loaded onto the tractor terminal from the Stocks machine, and it will then be controlled from the tractor terminal using speed input from the tractor as well. Operators can now use their familiar control, with less need to clutter the cab with new boxes and speed sensors, and allows the Stocks machine to be used on multiple tractors equipped with ISOBUS, and of course precision farming variable rate application from field maps, with automatic switching On and OFF at headlands is now possible.
New for 2016 - For rejuvenating or reseeding grass - the NEW Stocks Turbo Jet VS-2 Air Seeder is the perfect low cost broadcaster to use with your grass harrow.
This new model for accurate speed related metering is affordable, easy to use 12v control system with monitoring and alarms. Also featuring on-the-move rate change, 240L or large 400L hopper option and spreads 8m wide from 16 outlets.