Sprayers are critical implements on a broadacre cropping farm. Choosing the right sprayer and justifying its ownership cost can be challenging. Taking a structured approach to assessing your needs will help reduce the stress and uncertainty of the decision.
- The capital invested in a sprayer is significant and a thorough assessment of the investment return should be undertaken prior to purchase.
- In some instances, the best economic decision may be to utilise contractors for specialised spray tasks rather than own a machine suited to all tasks.
- Alternative uses for equipment (particularly tractors used to pull a tow behind machine) and the number of hours per annum are key determinants in the most suitable type of machine and cost of ownership.
- Before upgrading your sprayer consider options to increase overall efficiency of an existing machine.