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Looking to put a Weedit on a 36m self propelled Goldacres, just wondering if anyone has done this or seen this done before?
Would still be very interested in seeing it on any type of self propelled machine at 36m. Just seems a little bit primitive going back to a tractor and trailing rig, just want to weigh up the options for a self propelled I already have.
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Thought about putting a weed seeker on a frame on a macdon M155. Only does 17km/h and its use out of season
 

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We had a weed-it on 24 meters on a boom that we had for the Nitro , just had to unhook the 36m one and hook the weedit on , used to take a while to change and because of that we didn't always use it too the full advantage , also had a bit of trouble on Sandhills with keeping the wings at the best height even with height controllers, so the spray shop has offered a good deal on a 4000L 30M trailed "ground glider" Weedit which will also have a "normal" boom line as well which will be also a back up if/when the Nitro breaks down as we rely almost too heavily on it
 

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A few weedit users here. I have looked into one a little bit and like the idea of investing in one as I have not been able to get away from fallow. Question, how often do you use it in fallow? 100%? The cost to buy one and get it to the states with no local support has stopped me from looking into it very hard.
 

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A weed seeker or a weed it nig?
When I was looking at it there were some units for sale at a clearing sale, think they were weedseeker. In my case it's always green here to some extent so I was thinking of a quick pass with a litre of glysopate followed by the weedseeker for the hard to kill stuff. I was told an old unit isn't worth much and can require expensive maintenance or the solonoids fire for too long using more Chem. I just wanted efficacy on hard to kill weeds rather than chem savings. Thought the M155 might make a good platform and give it out of season use. In the end the unit never made reserve which I thought was too much.

I think very soon these units will be replaced by small robots anyway. (Inside the period it would take to pay it off anyway)
 

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A weed seeker or a weed it nig?
When I was looking at it there were some units for sale at a clearing sale, think they were weedseeker. In my case it's always green here to some extent so I was thinking of a quick pass with a litre of glysopate followed by the weedseeker for the hard to kill stuff. I was told an old unit isn't worth much and can require expensive maintenance or the solonoids fire for too long using more Chem. I just wanted efficacy on hard to kill weeds rather than chem savings. Thought the M155 might make a good platform and give it out of season use. In the end the unit never made reserve which I thought was too much.

I think very soon these units will be replaced by small robots anyway. (Inside the period it would take to pay it off anyway)
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If you don't mind me asking nig , how much did it go for, and what size was it, this one is pretty much $4500 per metre
 

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If you don't mind me asking nig , how much did it go for, and what size was it, this one is pretty much $4500 per metre
At the time didn't meet reserve, I suspect it was $50k for 36m cameras and jets only. A bloke I know who owns on reckons it was only worth $15k and needing work. All here say anyway. It had brackets to suit 36m Deere
 

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I plan to put a 24 metre weedit system on my 4930 JD next summer. I haven't nailed downthe exact cost but it should be around 130 grand. I don't like the ground glider style booms that croplands sells, they probably resolve height issues in hills but it brings a 24 metre machine well over 250 grand and you still need a tractor to pull it and an astronaut to drive it. The JD boom is very solid and stable and should do the job. The other reason for going with the SP instal is I can chop and change in the paddock. If we have nearly a full profile like we have now but it hasn't rained for ages we can spot spray but also blanket spray on other parts of place that might have got a storm. Going to weedit will be a game changer for our business.
 

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I plan to put a 24 metre weedit system on my 4930 JD next summer. I haven't nailed downthe exact cost but it should be around 130 grand. I don't like the ground glider style booms that croplands sells, they probably resolve height issues in hills but it brings a 24 metre machine well over 250 grand and you still need a tractor to pull it and an astronaut to drive it. The JD boom is very solid and stable and should do the job. The other reason for going with the SP instal is I can chop and change in the paddock. If we have nearly a full profile like we have now but it hasn't rained for ages we can spot spray but also blanket spray on other parts of place that might have got a storm. Going to weedit will be a game changer for our business.
your jd boom is 36 meter ? So I am guessing the you just fold your outer wings in when you do it ?
 

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Apart from boom height there are a couple of other reasons why weedit on trailing rigs isn't a bad option. The biggest we found was depreciation. At only 15-18km/he at 24m you run up a lot of hours on a SP. They depreciate in value a lot more than a tractor. It is a bit early to tell but I don't think a stand alone rig will depreciate as much per ha. Another reason is a lot of money to hang on a boom when doing in crop spraying. People talk about taking them off but not a lot do. Finally it runs into more money than you think to retro fit one well! Ausmac looking back I thought you were buying one for this summer??
 

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Didn't happen this year a new header got rid of those plans. I'm not against a trailing weedit it's that I can't stretch the budget to add another 100 grand plus on top of the 130k for the camera system. I think depreciation is certainly a consideration but the only reason for going down this path is to reduce chemical costs, target hard to kill weeds and to reduce useless expensive tillage. We use offsets, Kelly chains, verticaltill/ speed tiller in some paddocks and so do most of the district but we don't have too if we did this smarter.
 

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Didn't happen this year a new header got rid of those plans. I'm not against a trailing weedit it's that I can't stretch the budget to add another 100 grand plus on top of the 130k for the camera system. I think depreciation is certainly a consideration but the only reason for going down this path is to reduce chemical costs, target hard to kill weeds and to reduce useless expensive tillage. We use offsets, Kelly chains, verticaltill/ speed tiller in some paddocks and so do most of the district but we don't have too if we did this smarter.
That's why we went down the path of buying the 12m linkage weedit, it's not the quickest at covering hectares but it sure beats using a chisel plough or offsets. If money was no object I'd love a 24 or 36m setup on our SP but after having one for a while I think I'd go to a tow behind suspended boom mainly because of boom stability and depreciation, the new Hayes Baguley weedit booms look awesome a ground glider type boom copes a fairly harsh time in our black soil, it gets pretty rough at times.
 

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I'm told that robot sprayers are 2 years off release. One is coming down to this area this year so it will be interesting to see how it goes. They have an 8m boom and will be around $110k. We are getting damage on sand rises which we think is due to chemical building up in a soil layer and not breaking down because of our low organic carbon levels (.5-1%) so we need to reduce chemical usage. With direct drilling we seem to be left with hard to kill weeds which need high chemical (glyphosate/24D) rates so IMO its either the plough or weedit type technology
 

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I plan to put a 24 metre weedit system on my 4930 JD next summer. I haven't nailed down the exact cost but it should be around 130 grand. I don't like the ground glider style booms that croplands sells, they probably resolve height issues in hills but it brings a 24 metre machine well over 250 grand and you still need a tractor to pull it.
Joel said his 30 metre cost $4500/m = $135,000 including tank and pump
So you would hope to get the sensors for way less than $130,000
You can't beat the ride of the SP, especially if it's now cost effective to go over the paddocks three times or so with the weedit
At 24 metres the boom should be quite stable
 

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I think the $4500 per metre doesn't include controller and fabrication and installation of camera brackets. That's a rough figure I got at Agquip last year. There is a few 12 metre toolbars in area and a spray coupe getting done and I talked to a contractor at Moree that has a system on a Rogator.
 

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I have plenty of Hayes gear, but am shying away from their 36 mt weedit because I don't have confidence that a suspended boom has the stability required. The ground glider pivots at the last section like a planter but the Hayes have big fixed booms. And I'm afraid of the forward and back wopping of a suspended boom. So, I'm closing my eyes to the cost (~320k) and getting a croplands weedit.
 

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I wouldn't buy the croplands boom. I looked at a 24 metre WeedIT system mounted on a spray coupe today down the road from me. It's been on there since Christmas and it's working excellent with no height control jut a jockey wheel other than that bulletproof. I plan to install a system on my 4930 next summer. You can't compare the quality of a croplands boomspray to a Hayes. I had one, and my brother has a new one on the way. There's a massive amount of shock going through everything with a ground glider boom that will bust most things. Don't believe the croplands sales BS about boom height they will work on other booms and save you a packet.
 
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