Bauer is expanding the range of slurry and AD digestate tankers it offers in the UK and Ireland by launching a new range of steel tankers at the LAMMA 2017 show.
The Bauer BSA Profiline tankers, with capacities from 10,000 to 26,000 litres (10-26cu m), are top specification models designed and equipped for contractors and large-scale farming operations.
“This new range to the UK and Ireland will complement our established poly tank spreaders, which have the advantages of lower weight and lack of corrosion as a result of using Bauer’s special hand-built polyester tank structure,” says Adrian Tindall, sales manager. “But for operators who want the familiarity of a steel tank, the new Bauer BSA Profiline models cater for that preference with flexible specifications and high-quality components and build.”
As standard, the new tankers will come with double corrosion protection for the vacuum tanks to provide maximum resistance to aggressive liquor from anaerobic digestion plants. First, the welded steel tanks are hot-dip galvanized inside and out; then they receive a high-quality powder coating paint finish.
Bauer slurry equipment specialist Rob Jackson says this double layer of protection against corrosion will help maintain the integrity, appearance and re-sale value of the Bauer BSA Profiline tankers.
“Buyers can have their tanker in the standard Bauer BSA blue or a colour of their choice – to match the colour of their tractor, for example,” he adds.
One or more internal baffles are fitted to minimise liquid surge in the field and when travelling on the road, and a weight management system is available to help stability and traction when working on hilly ground or a cultivated surface.
“This guarantees that the rear two-thirds of the tank empties first, so plenty of weight is kept on the drawbar and the tractor’s rear wheels,” explains Rob Jackson. “The system then automatically switches to emptying the front compartment.”
Also available is an active traction system that uses a hydraulic cylinder to transfer weight to the tractor if operators anticipate working in situations where traction may be especially difficult.
Automatic filling stop is one of the features provided by the Bauer BSA Comfort Control switchbox. But this can also be operated through the higher-spec Signo Touch colour display isobus terminal that also provides steering guidance, bout and total area recording and other precision farming functions.
The 20,000-litre (20cu m) unit being displayed at LAMMA before being operated as a demonstrator rides on twin ADR axles with parabolic spring suspension and four-wheel air-operated anti-lock braking.
A steering rear axle minimises field surface damage as well as scuffing of the 750/60 R30.5 flotation tyres, and on-board tyre inflation management is among a host of options available.
Bauer’s familiar E6000GLD eccentric rotor pump, giving positive displacement of liquids for filling and spreading, is also part of the specification, along with a hydraulic filling arm and couplings for taking on loads fast without the operator leaving the tractor seat.
Category III four-point rear linkage and an 18m dribble bar from an extensive range of surface and sub-surface applicator options is also part of the show unit’s specification.