Chafer’s smaller cousin at the Cereals Event

Over in the sprayer section of the event local company Chafer were demonstrating their Defender self-propelled sprayer, the machine has the same spec as its larger cousin, the Interceptor, but has reduced tank capacities and boom widths, making it suited for the smaller size self-propelled market, says the company.

At its heart is a Bosch Rexroth hydrostatic drive train, which has a CTV transmission claimed to allow for precise and variable control of each wheel motor, for ease of use both in-field and on-road.

This transmission features automatic dynamic traction force distribution, which compensates for changes in terrain, automatically adjusting each wheel motor’s displacement to give maximum traction and ensure hill climbing and descending are controlled at all times. Power for the Defender comes via a Deutz Tier 5 engine, offering 180hp.

The Defender has Chafer F-Series booms, either as twin folding 24m or triple folding at 27m, 28m and 30m widths and is fitted with stainless steel tanks from 3000 litres to 3500 litres.