Deere uses its nous as cheaper sprayer-boom control unveiled
Published 12/04/2011 | 05:00
John Deere has introduced its new Raven SmartBoom, sprayer-boom control system for mounted or trailed sprayers.
The system uses GPS positioning to automatically switch control sections of the sprayers boom as it meets the headlands, previously sprayed areas or mapped no-spray zones.
The company says that SmartBoom is a stand-alone system that connects between John Deere's EL4 spray controller and sprayer. Once turned on, SmartBoom uses GPS data from a StarFire satellite receiver to turn the sprayer boom sections on or off as required. According to John Deere, the SmartBoom works with GPS signals of all accuracies, from +/-2 to 30cm.
Deere is offering the Raven SmartBoom controller as an option to customers buying or owning basic specification John Deere sprayers. It is touted as a lower-cost alternative for those who don't require all the features of a higher specification i-Series machine, but who would still like to benefit from easier, more accurate spraying and reduced input costs.
John Deere says the system is compatible with its new trailed sprayers and can be used with older Deere 500 Contractor-mounted sprayers, 700 Series Farmer, 800 and 800SE trailed machines.
Deere also claims its boom control system can be used on competitors machines fitted with the TeeJet 844E controller.
Basic price of the Raven SmartBoom option is €1,891 plus VAT.