NEW to the UK is a mounted, hydraulically-driven, inter-plant weeder for use on row crops such as pumpkins.
The machine will be making its debut at LAMMA on the stand of J. F. Hudson, the North Yorkshire firm having secured an exclusive UK distribution agreement for this and other agricultural equipment produced by Italian manufacturer Spapperi.
The Inter-Plant Weeder has ground-engaging rotary weeder heads, each carrying three knives and moved laterally in between the seedlings or growing plants, by an operator sat on the implement and using manual or hydraulic levers.
An integral, filtered hydraulic system powered by the pto, drives the weeder heads which are adjustable for working depth via the support wheels. There is also adjustment to cater for different row widths and the direction of rotation of the weeder heads can also be changed on the move.
The Inter-Plant Weeder range starts with a basic single row, manual model at £4,500 plus VAT and delivery, with the option to add hydraulic control at a later date. Bought with hydraulic control, the single row weeder will retail at £5,250 plus VAT and delivery, but Spapperi also produces two, three and four-row variants.