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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.

Key points:

  • 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.

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