New Zealand dairy farmer says “They’ve really thought of everything” when it comes to his Hustler Applic8r sprayer
“The quality is outstanding,” says Anthony Lopes of his Hustler Applic8r LX890 boom sprayer. He’s a fan of the warranty, the sturdiness and the simplicity of Hustler machines – and has more experience than most about these qualities since he also has a Hustler Unrolla LM105 bale unroller and Softhands bale handlers. Watch this video to find out more about the Hustler Applic8r boom sprayer on Anthony’s dairy operation.
Anthony Lopes farms in Hinuera, a settlement in the Waikato Region of New Zealand’s North Island. The Waikato region is ideal for livestock and dairy cows, with a mix of flat and rolling terrain, year-round rainfall, abundant sunshine, and mild enough winters for grass to grow nearly year-round. Hinuera had a butter factory from 1922 to 1987, proof of the region’s activity around dairy farming.
Anthony milks 190 Jersey cross cows on an 80-hectare farm. Crossing Jersey cows with Friesian-Holsteins or other breeds is quite common in New Zealand, in order to produce an animal midway in size between the two parents and with the advantages of both. Such cows have good udders and excellent longevity and calve easily.
“Hustler offered everything that I was after”
The farm is the home of several pieces of Hustler gear. Anthony discovered the Hustler brand online and went to the National Agricultural Fieldays, an annual national agricultural show and field day event held in mid-June near Hamilton, New Zealand. This event is known to be “the biggest agricultural trade show in the southern hemisphere”.
He decided to purchase Hustler gear as the brand “offered everything that I was after.” Indeed, Hustler Equipment designs and manufactures a large range of bale feeders, bale unrollers, sprayers, feeder wagons and other agricultural attachments.
“They offer a 4-year warranty and the quality is outstanding”
Anthony’s latest acquisition is a Hustler Applic8r LX890 boom sprayer with a manual folding DuraBoom. This tank size is the intermediate size offered by Hustler, with models ranging from 680 to 1150 litres. This model is also equipped with a 110L/min rear-mounted Comet pump. A generous sump size is all part of the design in order to spray on steep terrain without sucking air and leaving missed patches.
A lot of thought and effort has been put into designing a practical and easy-to-use tool, which Anthony particularly appreciates.
“They’ve really thought of everything”
“With the design of the Hustler LX890, when you get close to a post, they will just free pivot on their mounting bracket there, making it really easy, reliable and strong. Built to last!” Anthony explained.
This model also includes standard features such as a small hand washing tank and a built-in toolbox. Anthony likes the MixMax™ agitation system – also coming standard on the Applic8r LX890 – using the latest CAD flow simulation technology to create the perfect mix of fluid throughout the tank without dead spots, from zero to full agitation.
“With filling it’s quite simple, you just flip the lid, put the hose in and fill it. It’s got a sight glass, making it real easy to know exactly how much litres you’ve got in it,” Anthony detailed. ViziGauge™ Tank Guide is visible from 120 degrees and a floating ball tube gauge makes it easy to read and provides more tank filling accuracy with our unique mould-in permanent graphics.
“We’re super happy with the equipment that we’ve purchased from Hustler”
As the Hustler Applic8r sprayer range is entirely customisable, Anthony chose to add some handy features to his sprayer:
- A foam marker is a convenient and effective means of marking sprayed areas and eliminating the need for repeat applications to treat missed areas.
- A 100L flushing tank “makes it easier to clean our boom when we’re out in the field.”
- A hose reel for spot spraying “that is used to spray all the weeds around your side of your races. Real simple to use like it all folds out, it’s really well built.
“We’re super happy with the equipment that we’ve purchased from Hustler and there’s definitely going to be more on the way,” Anthony concluded.
Do you want to know more about Hustler’s Applic8r boom sprayer range? Contact us today, you’ll be glad you did!