The season starts soon. As of now we are installing the manual gate control in an extremely ergonomic placement. Dave my assistant will build a module that will be installed in the near future for electronic control while still allowing for manual control in case that system ever fails during a day of applications. We are looking at using a 12V automotive power lock module for this. Ideally this electronic module will be energized through the spinner control. That way the gate can never open unless the spinner is running. How many times have we made a mistake by opening the gate and dumping fertilizer on the ground or shutting the spinner off and forgetting to shut the gate.
All plumbing has been completed to the booms and the nozzle body mounts are being fabricated for the dual nozzle setup. I have yet to do any crossover plumbing between the three front tanks and the two, 15 gallon, rear tanks. These are independent systems for now but within each system, full transfer between tanks can take place. The goal for the business is to upgrade to a very complex agronomic system that relies on both a granular nitrogen applied and a mixture of key liquid components that will work to convert the nitrogen to amino acid in the soil quickly in the span of a few days. That recipe is a trade secret in case some of my competition is lurking here. Transporting large amounts of water on daily basis will be addressed soon. For now, we are applying granular and spraying weeds.
The one thing not mentioned is this machine is a full 1 inch taller than a regular grandstand. I wanted to have the larger/wider front caster wheels which meant I had to buy the larger yokes. This raised the front end by an inch. We then had to make 1 inch plates and install between the axle and frame to get back to level. I believe the higher you are in the cockpit, the more weeds you will see and zap when you are spot spraying during the spread. Visibility=control!