South African fertilizer spreaders come to Canada

RED DEER — Schulte Industries has signed a distribution deal with Radium Engineering to sell South African designed fertilizer spreaders in Canada.

Radium Engineering has produced its own fertilizer spreaders since the 1990s, and its distribution network reaches most agricultural areas around the globe.

Clayton Rosaasen of Schulte Industries said the spreaders will fit comfortably in the Canadian market.

“We have identified fertilizer spreading to be trending upward and we have a great partnership with Radium Engineering in South Africa. They work with our products there, and we thought it was a great opportunity to work with them here in North America,” Rosaasen said during Agri-Trade in Red Deer.

Schulte Industries had aProSpread 315 from Radium Engineering at the show, which is a 15-tonne unit rated on a 1.2 density of lime in South Africa.

Rosaasen said an important feature of the machine is the flat chain conveyance because it allows product unload front to the back in one smooth action.

“The conveyance of this chain is going to be a little bit different than what you’d traditionally see with a belt or a mesh-styled chain. What this chain is going to do is it’s actually going to, if you can imagine a sausage extruder, … extrude the product and keep a positive charge on the back door at all times,” Rosaasen said.

This fertilizer spreader comes with all the ISOBUS connection requirements needed in North America, and is compatible with Raven control systems.

“It is going to hook right into your tractor monitors and you will be able to do various things with the machine, as far as variable rate is concerned, and as far as controlling the machine as you’re out in the field spreading,” Rosaasen said.

There are three load cells down each side of the machine. It also has a camera system in the window, and a camera on the back that shows the two spinners.

Passive rear steering enables the tandem axle fertilizer spreader to reduce headland ridging between passes.

“The steering just floats along, you don’t have to drive it in the tractor or anything. It just floats along and you can lock it back in for transport,” Rosaasen said.

The ProSpread 315 has three steel options.

“A mild steel option, a 3CR12 option which is not stainless, it’s just a real hard metal, and there is a 304 stainless option as well,” Rosaasen said.

Hydraulically braked axles are available, and an S-design drawbar allows for a sharper turning radius.

Last fall, Rosaasen had the spreader out on demos and he was impressed with its capability.

“This machine has successfully distributed sulfur, potash, lime, a product called Biosol, humic acid, and a blend of sulfur, urea, potash, and phosphorus,” he said.

Rosaasen said once operators hook the spreader up to the tractor they should be able to calibrate, do a pan test and be spreading within 45 minutes to an hour.

“The spread width varies. I can tell you that I can spread out to 120 feet and I wouldn’t be lying. But I would rather spread 80 feet very consistently than 120 feet not consistent,” he said.

A front-wheel assist tractor around the 225 horsepower size is the minimum that should be powering the spreader, he said.

“It does require 90 to 120 litres a minute of hydraulic flow. So, size the tractor according to that, and its ability to pull, and of course, if you’re going down a hill loaded you don’t want the box to push you around,” Rosaasen said.

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