Furlong Equipment Services based in Stradbally, Co Laois, is the main Irish importer and distributor for Sands Agricultural Machinery (SAM) and Claydon drills. Two machines making their first official Irish show appearance at Punchestown will be the Sands Infinity self-propelled sprayer and the Claydon Evolution drill.

Infinity sprayer

The Infinity series is Sands’ latest flagship self-propelled sprayer series. It comprises two models with 5,000 or 6,000 litre stainless steel tank options. Both models are equipped with a 242hp six-cylinder Deutz Stage V engine and hydrostatic transmission.

The new flagship Infinity sprayer is available with a 5,000l or 6,000l tank.

All of this is housed in the newly designed chassis providing 1.2m underground clearance as well as being able to accommodate larger wheels.

Alongside a refreshed cab and a new armrest and control screen, all controls are said to be more accessible and at the operator’s finger tips.

The spray pack itself is new. There are lighter steel booms up to 40m, with a six-sensor boom levelling system and auto lowering while folding up. The 40l induction hopper is also new.

Claydon Evolution

Also making its FTMTA Show debut will be the Claydon Evolution strip till drill. Claydon says its nine-model range comprising models from 3m to 6m is suited for establishing everything from grasses to cereals to maize. A 1,910l single hopper or a 2,700l split hopper is available.

New features include hydraulic seed depth adjustment and improved access to the Artemis metering unit, which allows for easier calibration. Standard on all models are the hydraulic fan, tramlining facility, double rear toolbar and lights. Quick-fit seeding kits ranging from the standard leading tine and A-Share to the low-disturbance twin-tine and disc are also available to cater for a broad range of crops across all soil types.

Other options include GPS variable seed rate, pre-emergence marker arms, front disc toolbar stone protection, micro fertiliser applicator, slug pelleter, blockage sensors, and a light and vision kit.