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Turbo Mist Orchard Sprayer

October 24, 2019


[music] Hi, my name is Mike. I’m a service technician at our Bendersville store
out here in Apple country. Today, we’re going to go over
a little bit about the Turbo-mist sprayers, which are a line of
orchard sprayers that we sell. They are made in Canada by a company called Slimline Manufacturing. This particular one is a 38-inch fan. I say fan. It’s actually
a turbine-style sprayer as opposed to your axial fan. It’s a PTO-driven and is not
a self-driven sprayer. It’s a pull behind a standard orchard tractor. We can do a little walk around here,
show you some of the components. Right up front here is your
pressure gauge and regulator that you can see from the tractor. Here is your control box
that you actually have in the tractor to turn your left and right booms on and off, to adjust your pressure at your gauge as you’re going along. Move around. We have some of the components. This particular machine
has electric valves for the booms. You can also get them in pneumatic,
hydraulic applications as well. That would be these two here. This third valve is actually
your pressure regulating valve for the overall pressure of the machine. Down in here, we have a two-speed gearbox, which is handy because if you don’t have such wide row spacing, it’s helpful
to run on low fan to save fuel. If you need the extra oomph to get your material up and on the trees,
then you have that high fan option. The pump is on the other side. When we go around, we’ll see that there. This is your actual turbine housing. When I say “turbine,” it’s a compressor. It’s not an axial fan, meaning that it takes on twice as much air as it will put out. The air coming out is
of a higher CFM and volume than you would get
with a standard axial fan sprayer. It also lends to a nice balance out both sides being that it is a compressed form of air. When it comes to moving air with anything, whether it’d be a Shop-Vac, a leaf blower, a CFM, is more important by far than mile per hour, the amount of air you’re moving, you really get that
with this compressor style. This is what’s called an orchard head. Basically, you have two sides.
They look similar either side. The air comes out. There’s a row of nozzles that you can adjust to a different amount of spray material. Basically, your lower nozzles
would be of a lesser amount because you’re spraying the trunks. As you move to the top, you need more material to penetrate out into the canopy of whatever you’re spraying, whether it be peaches, apples,
etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. They have a really good program
on the Turbo-mist website to tune these to pretty much down
to the inch of your specific needs, your tree spacing, mile per hour of your tractor, the amount you want to put on per acre. There’s a lot of variables that can really get that
dialed in and make for a real precision application of your products so that you’re not wasting money
on lost product and material. Both of these orchard heads, they have a T-handle. You can tilt them out or up depending on the height of the canopy
that you’re spraying. New trees, young trees basically. As we come around, similar setup. Both booms do have
a self-flushing valve on the bottom, which is a nice feature. It’s a self-flushing valve — It’s a self-flushing filter, I should say, that helps keep the breeze
from clogging your nozzles. It’s one of the nicer features of this machine. As we come around, you can really see.
Here’s your two-speed gearbox. You have your low and high. Right now, I have it in high. Low would be the opposite direction. This is your [?] four-piston pump. It is a piston pump as opposed to some other sprayers
running centrifugal pump. The benefits being, this pump can be
run dry for a very short period obviously. Whereas a centrifugal pump, you don’t want to run them dry ever. They’ll burn up rather quickly. This pump will pull water without being underneath
the level of the material in the tank. Whereas a centrifugal pump, you need
your water level above it to get started. We’ve had really good luck with these pumps. Service intervals have been about two years. That’s just for basic maintenance. They generally tend to last a good long time. They’ve been a good pump for us. There’s several, several, several
options and combinations you can get on a Turbo-mist sprayer. These are some of the more basic ones. Like I think I said at the beginning,
this is a 38P. This is the biggest fan
that they actually make in an orchard sprayer. You can get all kinds of different
greasing accessories, steps, different jack’s, things of that nature. There really is pretty much. If you can dream it,
they can put it on there for you. They’re very good at custom building as well. This is our Turbo-mist 38P sprayer. I’m going to show you guys
what it looks like when we turn the booms on, show you a little bit about
the pressure regulation from the box. Here’s both booms. You can see it really pushes the product
up and into the canopy well. You can alternate as quickly
as the flip of the switch when you change rows. Just a switch from the cab of the tractor. Now, you have your gauge right here. As you’re going along with both booms open, if you would need to make
a fine adjustment to that gauge, you have that ability here, to change your pressure, to add more or less product. As you can see, it blows it way up into the canopy. That concludes a little brief overview
of the Turbo-mist sprayers that we sell here at Messick’s. If you have any more questions, please feel free to give us a call at 800-222-3373 or visit us at messicks.com. [music]

3 Comments

  • Reply Berol2000 April 5, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Holy cigrits. This thing isn't messing around

  • Reply Jeff Trithart April 6, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    So this is probably overkill to use on the wife's rose bushes?

  • Reply trwent December 9, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Tank capacity?

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