The exclusive UK distributor for Spapperi, JF Hudson Ltd, has introduced the Italian company’s transplanters to the range of machinery it offers.
The North Yorkshire-based dealer has mono- and twin-drive transplanters, along with a mulch film layer, now in stock. The new machines have been added to meet demand for dependable, high-quality kit that delivers consistent results for growers.
“Feedback on Spapperi weeders has been fantastic,” managing director James Hudson said. “Producers say it has been a real game changer given the ease of use and work rate of Spapperi. We’re delighted to hear how much they save on time and labour costs while increasing their harvest.
“For us, it is all about helping growers maximise the value and quality of their crops. We want people to work as efficiently as possible and make smart savings where they can, the transplanters will allow growers to do just that.”
The semi-automatic transplanters can plant through plastic or direct into bare soil. They handle young plants in blocks or modules with a rotating tray holder for six trays, tackling 4,000 to 5,000 plants/hour/row. The Mono Drive Transplanter has a 12-cup rotating perforating distributor, with six perforating cups on the Twin Drive.
Both models offer a wide variety of working widths and row spacing. The Twin Drive gives 30cm to 110cm between rows and a minimum of 20cm between plants. The Mono Drive offers 45cm to 70cm between rows, with 12cm to 60cm between plants. Both machines have manual row markers.
Requiring only 35hp, the transplanters easily pair with small lightweight tractors, allowing them to be used in polytunnels and greenhouses. The mulch layer needs a 25hp machine.
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