TRAMSPREAD has launched the new Suffolk range of dribble bars. Manufactured at a new facility in Suffolk, the dribble bars range in width from six metres to 24 metres.

Boom widths from six metres to 15 metres fold vertically and feature automatic transport latches with safety lock. These can be fitted to tankers or tractors as umbilical applicators.

The 24-metre boom neatly and horizontally folds around the tractor’s cab without impairing the operator’s vision.

Tramspread managing director Terry Baker says: “The low profile does not block the view out of the rear of the tractor and the position of the swinging arm does not compromise the tractor’s pick-up hitch. This allows the tractor to tow a pump or reeler whilst the dribble bars are fitted."

Dribble bars from six to 12 metres feature a single macerator and tractor spool valve controls. The 12-metre is also available with twin macerators, which are fitted on the 15-metre and 24-metre models as standard. All twin macerator dribble bars benefit from electro-hydraulic folding mechanisms, with power beyond, operated from cab mounted controls.

Left- and right-hand geometric control is standard on all twin macerator dribble bars and allows for independent boom adjustment, a feature that will help those spreading on undulating land.

“This feature enables the boom height to be adjusted for field gradient and out crops,” says Mr Baker.

The Suffolk range has pipework designed for flow meters and slurry monitors to be retro fitted using the Tramspread Isobus Raven Box.

“This transmits monitoring and mapping data to a monitor in the cab, which should encourage all users to test and measure slurry to make the most of its nutrients,” says Mr Baker. “We have focused on connectivity and automation for easy management and recording."

All booms up to 15 metres are made of galvanised steel whilst the larger 24-metre model has an aluminium construction.

“The balance of strength and weight is important. Spreading umbilically is only better for the land if the weight of the dribble bar is not too high. We chose aluminium to reduce the weight which will also reduce soil compaction,” concludes Mr Baker.