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Rowmaster 1000 Litre Hydraulic

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A 1000 litre linkage boom spray is proving a great all round performer for the Hall family partnership at Scottsdale, Tasmania.

The Hall family partnership involves Trevor Hall and his wife, Teresa (who run the Midway Cattle Co) and LT & EM Hall. The Halls use the Silvan linkage unit for all their spraying needs that include applying pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.

Trevor Hall said since buying the Silvan boom spray (with a 15 metre boom) four years ago, it has performed “brilliantly”.

“The Silvan has been no drama whatsoever. It’s a bloody good machine,” Trevor said.

The 1000 litre Silvan sprayer is used on a Case 5120 tractor with row crop wheels for inter row chemical application in 24 hectares of potatoes, eight hectares of onions and 18 ha of poppies as well as broadacre spraying on pasture land (the partnership also runs 800 Angus cattle).

The Silvan sprayer was bought through TR & KR Shipton at Devonport.

Trevor said he initially went for the Silvan sprayer as he liked the look of the boom.

“The boom is lightweight but very sturdy and folds into a very compact fit behind the tractor, which is important as our property is split over four separate blocks so there is quite a bit of travel between them.

“The hydraulic fold means it is very simple to operate and it only takes two or three minutes to remove or install the whole spray unit.”

Trevor likes the unique Silmix chemical handling system on the spray rig, which he says makes spraying very safe and minimises exposure to chemicals. He also mentioned that the service and support from Shiptons is excellent.

“We buy quite a lot of equipment through them and there is never any worries when it comes to part availability or the speedy service.”

If an upgrade was required, Trevor would have no hesitation in buying another Silvan boom spray.

“I would probably purchase another Silvan sprayer, but to be honest, it has not crossed my mind as I reckon this one will do us for a few more years yet.”