Bauer's ProRain takes hassle out of irrigation
Published 09/11/2010 | 05:00
New from Austrian firm Bauer is the ProRain range of reel irrigators.
This year's excellent summer was the first in a long time that Irish growers -- particularly potato and vegetable producers -- had to use their irrigation equipment.
According to Adrian Tindall, Bauer's British and Ireland sales manager, the high-end Bauer Rainstar is a highly sophisticated reel irrigator, but not all growers need the Rainstar level of performance.
Mr Tindall said it was this consideration which informed Bauer's decision to develop the ProRain.
The ProRain is based on retraction forces that are a little lower than those of the higher specification Rainstar, but Bauer claims it is still higher than competitor machines.
The manufacturer insists that the drive unit, which consists of a water turbine/ gearbox combination, is an efficient unit providing enough power to cover the standard performance range for different application rates.
The reel is constructed with a closed inner drum to ensure that the first layer of hose sits correctly without distortion or overlapping. That way, subsequent layers will build up evenly, says the firm.
Other features of the ProRain include a self-loading rain gun trolley, hydraulic stabiliser leg operation, a galvanised finish for components needing corrosion protection and optional hydraulic turntable rotation.