Friday, November 24, 2017

Chevance: New base model added to Sniper range

By WniF editors

French manufacturer Chevance has added a new 12 cubic metre model to its Sniper range. The new 12 08 spreader, which is the smallest the firm offers, has all the features all the larger Sniper spreaders, and is intended for smaller farms or for hilly areas. It has a low centre of gravity for excellent stabilty, and a loading height of 2.3m.

Advanced features on the new machine include swinging hammers on the large diameter vertical beaters, which are equipped with carbide cutter blades. The hammers help shatter any straw in the material being spread, and also optimise the scattering and spreading distances.

There’s also a new on-board weighing system, and an electronic control box in the cab that automates some operating sequences.

These characteristics help make the Sniper one of the most accurate machines on the market, capable of spreading compost and straw manure from 2t/ha to 50t/ha. This accuracy is explained by the measurement of the actual load as well as the electronic management of the application rate. The electronics manages the speed of the spreader floor independently from the ground speed.

When spreading along field borders, a reractable border shutter prevents the manure going where it shouldn’t, while maintaining the acurate application rates.

The Sniper features a retractable border shutter to control the spead pattern on the headland or near watercourses.

A recent investment in a 700t metal press by the manufacturer means the Sniper can be built with seamless sides and floor that guarantees a long-term sturdiness, as well as a lighter structure. The spreader weighs just 4.7t empty, and can carry a payoad of about 8.0t. It needs a tractor of about 90 to 100hp.

High-strength Swedish steel is used to build the machine, and the paint finish used features two coats of a two-pack epoxy followed by two coats of a two-pack polyurethane. A steaming process is caried out to harden the paint.

Numerous other parts are galvanised, including the guiding plate, door, shutters and beater framework. And the spreader has its own hydraulic tank and pump, which means the machine can be shared between farmers without any concerns of oil being mixed.

The Sniper range is manufactured at the Chevance factory at Guingamp, Brittany. The company is currently looking for UK-based distributors

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