Agri-Spread's new machines impress
Mayo firm Agri-Spread manufactures a broad range of agricultural machinery, including disc spreaders suitable for spreading fertiliser, lime, sand and bio-waste.
At a recent agricultural machinery show in Britain, the LAMMA Show, the firm's staff spoke to Lite-Trac personnel, who manufacture tractor units in the UK suitable for mounting the likes of a large sprayer or spreader on.
Lite-Trac was looking for a spreader that was capable of spreading light material at a rate of 5,000kg/ha at 15 kph.
The Mayo firm had such a unit and developed it to suit the Lite-Trac chassis and drive mechanism.
David Murphy, who handles sales and service for Agri-Spread and whose family set up Agri-Spread in 2007, explains: "Being a small company, Agri-Spread could build a custom spreader in a short lead time to the exact spec of the customer.
"Our strong reputation and market share in Britain brought us to the attention of Lite-Trac," says David McCardle, who handles sales and service for Agri-Spread. "Our willingness to build around the Lite-Trac and not vice versa was a major deciding factor in securing the build for us."
Mr McCardle claims the Agri-Spread unit, with its unique parabolic spinner design, has no issues in coping with high volume, low density material.
He also says the firm's cleated disc-feeder belt was preferred by Lite-Trac for hilly conditions. With minimal moving parts and gearboxes, maintenance and power requirements are also kept down.