Kuhn has introduced an automatic steering axle system as an option on its Metris 2 and Oceanis 2 trailed sprayers, to enable more precise driving and reduce crop damage when spraying.
The manufacturer says fitting a machine with steering axle technology is usually a time-consuming task, with brackets to make and the linkage to attach to the rear of the tractor. However, with its Track Assist system, it says the process is simplified by replacing the mechanical connection with a gyroscopic sensor, which is fixed to the rear of the tractor with a magnet. The gyroscopic sensors detect the steering angle of the tractor and the sprayer follows the tractor’s path.
Track Assist has an operating angle of 23 degrees on the Metris 2 and 28 degrees on the Oceanis 2. The system activates across a wide forward speed range, from two to 22kph, for efficient use on headlands and safety when in transport mode. The Track Assist system also realigns the sprayer with the tractor when reversing, to increase the ease of manoeuvrability.
The steering system is priced the same as a mechanical wheel following system for these Kuhn sprayers.