Homburg Holland has developed a self-propelled spraying machine in collaboration with machine builder Widontec in Veghel: the Homburg HeroW. This self-propelled driver responds to the demand from open-field vegetable growers, arable farmers, arborists and contractors for compact, manoeuvrable self-propelled drivers with plenty of ground clearance and maximum visibility. The HeroW H430 also meets the latest exhaust gas emission standards.
With a tank capacity of 3,000 liters, the HeroW H430 has a higher spray capacity, but it remains a compact self-propelled driver, especially with the latest cabin for even more visibility. The self-propelled driver is available in two axle versions. Hydraulic adjustable from 1,500mm to 1,800mm as standard or optionally continuously hydraulically adjustable from 1,800mm to 2,250mm. The H4 series can achieve a maximum driving speed of 45 kilometers per hour.
The Homburg HeroW has 2-wheel steering and 4-wheel drive with a 2.35m wheel base and a variable track width.
The chassis of the Homburg HeroW is designed for good performance and ease of use under the most difficult conditions.
This makes it possible to use the much lauded air-assisted
HARDI TwinForce spray boom that has a reach of up to 30 metres.
The Deutz TCD3.6 L4 engine with hydrostatic drive are positioned on the back axle.
The main 3000 litre watertank is mounted in the middle. The 500 litre clean water tank and the 135 litre fuel tank are located at the front.
This nicely balanced distribution of weight is responsible forthe Homburg HeroW’s outstanding manoeuvrability and stability.
The design of the cabin has been optimized for comfort purposes. The drivers position offers excellent visibility as well as space. The design and positioning of the cab gives optimal front and side visibility, both on the road and in the field and four mirrors give an excellent view to the rear.
The cabin has been fitted with glass all round, including panels on either side of the seat. This gives the best possible view of the front wheels and makes turning into a crop row at the start of a run easier. The cabin is low enough in relation to the tank and boom for the user also to have the clearest possible view of the spraying.
The cabin has been outfitted with climatecontrol with active carbon filters and an overpressure installation
Compact construction has made it possible to have a large steering angle, which in turn give a very small turning circle. For crops grown outdoors in fields with short rows this is a very useful feature.
For small plots of land especially, this means that a maximum area can be cultivated. The turning circle radius is only 4.50 metres.
The compact construction does not mean less ground clearance. The clearance is a generous 0.85m and makes it possible to work with a range of different (taller) crops without damage.
Because the wheel motors have been completely hidden in the rim, there is maximum ground clearance across the entire track width.
The Homburg HeroW can be fitted with an optional variable hydraulic track adjustment feature (max. 0.30 m).
This makes it possible, for instance, to have a track width of 1.50m in the field and 1.80m on the road for greater stability. For growers who have different rows of crops this track adjustment comes in very handy. Other track width combinations are available on request.
The ground clearance is 85 centimeters on tire size 11.2.R32 at the front and 12.4.R46 at the rear. Other sizes are possible.
Thanks to the large wheel angle (50°), the Homburg HeroW is very maneuverable. Even with a track width of 1.50 meters, the turning circle remains limited to a radius of only 4.50 meters. With this, Homburg HeroW distinguishes itself emphatically in the self-propelled vehicle market.
Homburg HeroW is fitted with a hydropneumatically sprung front axle with Automatic Suspension Control (ASC). Depending on the front axle loading the ASC ensures optimal road stability. This means that the boom remains at the correct height both with a full tank or an empty tank.
The EasyDrive system ensures optimal driving behaviour in the field and on normal roads. EasyDrive optimizes the motor and transmission capacity. The driving functions, like RPM-control, acceleration and field-/roadmode are easily programmable.
HC 6500 Spray Computer
The HC 6500 Controller sets new standards for user convenience and safer spraying. The HC 6500 is the brain behind the "intelligent field sprayer". The user does not need to be technically experienced in spraying equipment. All tasks, such as automatic cleaning, take place under computer control and are carried out quickly, correctly and safely.
HC 8600 Sprayer Computer
HC8600 has a 8.4 Inch modern Touch Screen with as extras: - Crop registration, Camera inputs, store all vehicles, implements. - With upgrades suitable for ISOBUS, section control, variable dosing, implement switch.
All important information on one work screen. Large and modern 12 Inch Touch Screen with extras compared to HC8600: - Standard suitable for ISOBUS, section switching, variable dosing. - Can be linked to OptRx crop/nitrogen-N sensor and seed monitor.
The Homburg HeroW can be equipped with either HARDI DELTA FORCE or TWIN FORCE spray booms. The nozzles have a distance of 50 centimeters (optional 25 cm).
AutoSectionControl (ASC) is a fully automatic system that opens and closes the necessary spray boom sections. ASC controls the sections when driving over sprayed areas, such as on a headland or sloping section of a field, or around obstacles such as trees and the like. ASC is a small module connected to the HC 6500 and a GPS receiver. During spraying, the ASC automatically records the area sprayed. In a typical situation, when the headland is sprayed first, ASC now automatically closes the spray boom sections as the operator drives over a treated area.
PrimeFlow is a pressure-based system for fluid circulation to the nozzles before actual spraying begins. It prevents settling and allows flushing of the spray boom lines without spraying the liquid onto the ground. The conventional control box is not used. Electric stepper motors replace spring-loaded anti-drip valves at each cap and control cap operation. One coupling node controls up to three nozzles.
AutoFill is a system that facilitates the tank filling process for the user. The main components are the motorized SmartValves, AutoAgitation and a tank safety sensor.
Depending on the actual tank content, the stirring intensity is automatically controlled. In this way, foaming is prevented and the tank content can be sprayed 100%.
AutoWash is a series of automatic rinse/clean programs. The HC 6500 controls the operation, so that maximum cleaning effect is obtained with the rinse water. Max. seven rinse actions with only 400 liters reduce the residue concentration to only 0.05%. All cleaning tests take place according to the ISO cleaning standard (ISO 22368). The concentration value is thus measured after the system has been refilled.
AutoWash works with three programs that put an end to the guesswork in the cleaning process: BoomFlush, FastFlush and MultiRinse. They are quick and easy to operate.
Homburg Single Nozzle Control is a plug and play solution for HeroW and Hardi sprayers ALPHA self-propelled and the trailed COMMANDER, to be able to do spraying per cap. This SNC set is compatible with Hardi Commander with PrimeFlow (both CM05 and CM11). The rate control continues to function normally, but the GPS takes control of switching the individual nozzles on and off when overlapping.
Compatible with HC8600 and HC9600 (and Ag Leader InCommand 800 - 1200) displays:
The Homburg SingleNozzleControl is installed on the main PCB and is connected between the existing wiring. You do not have to cut or solder wires, etc.
It is only a mechanical installation after which you just have to create a new machine configuration to get it working.