A Better Applicator through Better Design
Whether you’re seeding or applying herbicides, a Salford Valmar 55 Series implement-mount applicator is designed to deliver unparalleled accuracy under a wide variety of ground conditions. Its rugged construction is sturdy enough to withstand the rigors of commercial use. With this level of built-in durability, the 55 Series is the right choice for your farm operation. Moreover, it incorporates a number of innovative features designed to make granular application easier, safer, and more precise than ever.
Accurate Metering System
The Valmar 55 Series applicators achieve their accuracy thanks to a ground-driven metering system that ensures an accurate application rate regardless of ground speed. 55 Series applicators use a 60-speed gearbox that allows the application rate to be increased or decreased in increments of five percent. Drive ratio changes can be made at the gearbox, eliminating the need to move chains and realign sprockets. For cropping conditions that require a rate change on the go, an optional Alternate Rate Kit can be added to allow an instantaneous rate change. Or, simply by installing a hydraulic drive system such as the Rawson AccuRate®, you can eliminate the ground drive and be ready for use with most GPS or variable rate systems.
Features for Smoother Operation
A handy sight gauge on the 55 Series applicators enables operators to visually check the product level in the hopper. The 55 Series also features a manifold pressure gauge to ensure an adequate air flow is maintained for even product distribution. Finally, a warning light and buzzer are included on the in-cab control unit to alert the operator of any problem with the air supply.
Calibrating an applicator is necessary to ensure proper flow rates, especially when determining the settings for new products or various sizes of seed and seed mixtures. The 55 Series applicators make this process easier by allowing the venturi and manifold system to be dropped so that a funnel tray can be inserted for easy collection of product. Operators can use the crank handle to simulate ground travel and establish precise calibration of any product. This also makes emptying the hopper an easy and safe procedure.
Easy Maintenance and Cleaning
The 55 Series applicators feature a number of innovations that make maintenance and cleaning easier. Perhaps most important is the location of the hopper shaft. By placing the shaft outside the hopper, product stays clear of the bearings and allows them to be serviced even with a full hopper. The outside shaft provides the added benefit of enabling the electric clutch installation to allow half-width application on either side of the implement (not available on the 1655). A convenient hopper-bottom slide gate enables the rollers to be removed for servicing or cleaning without draining product from the hopper.