Pegasus 6000 delivers in Western Victoria

17 October 2019

Martin Bailey from Phillips Farm Machinery and Andrew Calvert (R), Western Victoria.

A good sprayer works well in ideal conditions. The perfect sprayer works anywhere.

This is what Victorian farmer Andrew Calvert likes about his 36m Pegasus 6000 trailed sprayer from Croplands.

It has a consistent accuracy through a huge speed range. Whether it is creeping along through a deep headland ditch at 6 kph or scooting across a dead flat pasture paddock at 20 kph, it ensures accurate rates and droplet size.

Andrew Calvert

The Pegasus 6000’s ability to consistently apply the chemical at any speed is achieved through Croplands Air Pro application package, its three-tiered system that ensures the correct spray rate at whatever speed the sprayer travels.

Air Pro does this by automatically selecting nozzles. For example, at tier one it may use green 015 nozzles. As the speed increases Air Pro switches to a second set of nozzles, say the yellow 02 nozzle. As the sprayer goes even faster it will turn on both, giving the equivalent volume as a 035 nozzle.

Andrew says whatever he needs, the Pegasus delivers. He farms 1900 ha near Chatsworth in Western Victoria. It is a 50:50 mixed cropping and grazing operation that produces barley, beans, canola and wheat as well as pasture.

The Pegasus 6000 is a trailed sprayer with a 6000-litre tank and a 36m boom. Booms are available in 24m, 30m, 33m and 36m for this tank size.

With that 36m boom, you could be forgiven for thinking the Pegasus 6000 can only operate in smooth paddocks, but it is fitted with a hydraulic suspension system that gives a smooth boom ride in all conditions.

This is enhanced by guidance from five boom height control sensors, which keep the boom at the correct application height for the targets you are trying to hit.

Additional shock absorption is provided by the pendulum-type, floating self-leveller that provides stability during turns.

For additional protection, it has breakaway boom ends, boom skids and fence line protectors. Wing lift is available as an option on all models, to clear troughs and other obstacles.

The best protection of all is the robust build. The Pegasus chassis is a proven design and it has large radius wheels. All together it will spray just about anywhere.

Andrew specified a Hypro hydraulic fill pump and product pump to minimise fill time and maximise working time. The product pump also operates very smoothly and can better deal with the changing pressures and requirements of the Air Pro system.

The Pegasus 6000 has a 470-litre rinse tank, a 20-litre fresh water tank for hand washing and a 60-litre chemical induction hopper, another feature that ensures it will fit in with what ever you want to spray.

Controlling the Pegasus is easy with the Raven ISOBUS-compatible central control panel that gives control over all functions – filling, mixing, flushing and spraying.

At the end of the day, the boom hydraulically folds in for easy road transport.

Andrew’s previous sprayer was also a Pegasus, an earlier 4000 model with a 24m boom.

He says the increased capacity and working width of his new sprayer gives him the ability to make the most of the good spraying days he gets in the wet Western Victoria winters.

“Our old sprayer was getting some age on it. We took the opportunity to step up in capacity while there was still good value in the trade. We looked at all available options and stuck with the Croplands design as we couldn’t fault the old sprayer.”

Andrew bought his Pegasus from Phillips Farm Machinery in Hamilton. He has been impressed with the back-up service they have provided.

The guys at Croplands have been fantastic getting everything set up with the machine, tractor and Trimble guidance. They have also ironed out a couple of minor dramas. They know their product and are willing to stand by it.

Andrew Calvert

This means when farmers or contractors buy a sprayer from Croplands, they are not just buying a sprayer. They are buying a wrap-around service from people with in-depth knowledge of spray products and their application. 

Andrew’s experience fits the Croplands mantra – deliver the ideal mix of new technology and design whilst keeping things simple, reliable and excellent value for money.

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