A high-capacity five-wheel ‘floater’ application vehicle is being introduced in Europe and North America by the Ploeger Oxbo Group to complement the existing three-wheel version.
The larger machine has powered steering and mechanical drive to all 4 of its rear wheels, with a power split hydro-mechanical stepless transmission providing seamless speed control. Both versions have variable supplementary hydraulic drive to the central front wheel, which helps the machines execute tight turns using the 70° right and left steering lock, as well as contributing to traction when necessary.
Available as the Ploeger AT3103/AT4103 and AT5105 in Europe and Oxbo 4103 and 5105 in North America, all versions are powered by a 9.3-litre Scania five-cylinder diesel generating 400hp and 1830Nm of torque. Drive to the rear wheels passes through a ZF Eccom 5.0 continuously variable transmission, with a 50 kph (37 mph) top speed potential from the Kessler axles and Michelin 1050/50 R32 tyres.
The five-wheel machine is being introduced with a 25-tonne capacity dry manure spreader or 21-25cu m (5550-6600gal US) liquid manure system, which are available in 16-tonne and 16cu m (4230gal) form on the three-wheeler. This machine can also be configured with 8cu m or 12cu m (2110gal and 3170gal) liquid fertiliser systems or a 12-tonne capacity Bredal dry fertiliser twin disc spreader.
In North America, Oxbo offers a 10cu m (355cu ft) New Leader dry spreader box with MultiApplier option for spreading more than 1 material simultaneously under the control of Ag Leader’s DirectCommand task controller.
This has AutoSwath section control to minimise bout and headland overlaps or under-spreading, automated calibration and storage of critical settings, variable rate control, data logging and Smart Report documentation. Trimble guidance and control systems are available on the European machines.
Company: Ploeger Machines / Oxbo International
Name: AT3103/AT4103 and AT5105
Type: Self-propelled manure and fertiliser applicators
Key feature: Large capacity on wide flotation tyres, seamless speed control through CVT drive and variable front-wheel assist hydraulic front wheel drive
More info: www.ploeger.com