Trailered or self propelled sprayers

neilo

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
This sold a while back


and I’m sure S R Haylock had a similar RB15 for about £12k

A machine of that age will have a few ongoing repair/maintenance costs, but it’s depreciation will be about zero.

Unless the OP has a spare tractor, it’s great to be able to jump on and go with a SP sprayer, as and when needed.👍

I only have one tractor (which doesn’t have row crops) and I have a similar value Agribuggy. It’s had a few minor maintenance jobs done in the 4 years I’ve had it, amounting to around a pound per acre sprayed each year. Obviously a major breakdown will blow that figure out of the water though.
 

D14

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Considering a budget of 15000. Do you go for a old self propelled or a newer trailered sprayer,

Trailed. A SP of that age could need 4 wheel motors any minute or even a engine rebuild. Those things could see a bill of £15,000 making it a very expensive SP.
 

S.Jamieson

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Mixed Farmer

Leaves a fair bit of budget for any maintenance.
 

Lowland1

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Mixed Farmer
Nobody has asked how many acres the machine is going to be spraying but i’d say self propelled every time. We bought an 8000 houred Househam Sprint and put on another 6000 hours with no major issues. We bought a 4800 houred Airride thats up to 9300 hours with one wheel motor repair and a new Spirit has just had a leaky motor repaired at 2200 hours.
 

Foxcover

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Leaves a fair bit of budget for any maintenance.

That’s hell of a sprayer for the money, bulletproof engine too and as you say, leaves £5k towards wheel motors.
 

neilo

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
Trailed. A SP of that age could need 4 wheel motors any minute or even a engine rebuild. Those things could see a bill of £15,000 making it a very expensive SP.
That was the reason I went with an Agribuggy. No wheel motors (old fashioned axles) and a Land Rover TDi engine & gearbox.

Rare machines now though.
 

clbarclay

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Location
Worcestershire
You can still buy new agribuggys at least. We are currently running a Chaviot, but unfortunately there aren't newer versions of them. I expect most of it though will keep going for decades with a bit of TLC.
 

Hjwise

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Mixed Farmer
My thoughts are that it must be more difficult for those who are buying new (as the cost difference is great), but for those on smaller areas I think SP is the way to go. Not tying up a tractor, hitching/unhitching, tidier wheelings etc. out ways the risk of a wheel motor. Wheel motors can be repaired, you don’t have to buy a retail replacement from a dealer. + unless you doing large amounts of road work they last a long time. But like running any older machinery, it only really works if you can maintain/fix yourself.
 

35% of English and Welsh farmers possibly/probably depressed

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Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) has today, Thursday, October 14, published the findings of The Big Farming Survey, which shows 35% of English and Welsh farmers are either possibly or probably depressed.

The survey, based on over 15,000 responses, concentrates on the health and well-being of the farming community in England and Wales in the 2020s.

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) is a national charity that provides support to the farming community across England and Wales.

Mental health​


Mental well-being, the survey notes, describes our ability to cope with the ‘ups and downs’ of everyday life.

According to the survey, 14% of the farming community is ‘possibly depressed’ while...
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