Salford Launches the First Aftermarket Mounted Air Boom Applicator for John Deere® Chassis

New for 2018, Salford Group is releasing the Salford-Valmar 6700, the world's only aftermarket chassis mounted air boom applicator. The 6700 will bring producers, custom applicators and ag retailers alike to new heights with dry fertilizer air boom applicators, mounted on high clearance sprayer chassis.

The 6700 will be on display at National Farm Machinery Show and is being released with limited availability this spring for order from select Salford-Valmar dealers.

At this time, the Salford-Valmar 6700 will be available for select late model John Deere ® sprayer chassis (models 4930, 4940 and R4045), with the release of 6700 models specifically tailored for other makes of chassis planned throughout 2018 and 2019.

"Salford-Valmar has been building air boom applicators for decades. Our air boom technology is used on other mounted air boom applicators because of its accuracy, durability, and simplicity. We decided to develop the 6700 so that more producers and commercial applicators could benefit from this technology," said Salford's Senior Product Manager, Brad Baker.

Baker noted that by focusing on a specific line of chassis initially, Salford has engineered the 6700 to have seamless integration with the chassis. "Owners will enjoy a versatile applicator that makes the most of the speed, hydraulic power, and precision controls that the chassis already offers. Salford has taken the same integrated approach with our chassis mounted MagnaSpread spinner spreader line, where the ease-of-use and uptime are really paying off for large-scale custom applicators and high acreage producers."

The new boom suspension is engineered to handle the higher ground speeds and rough terrain that self-propelled chassis are known for. Hydraulic folding breakaway tips are also included, to protect the 60-foot booms from obstacles. The pitch of the left and right boom sections can be independently adjusted vertically, from the cab, to allow the boom to contour rolling terrain without hitting the ground. 

"Our 30 inch row crop boom opens the 6700 to targeted application throughout the growing season," said Mark Averink, Salford's Engineering Manager. "Producers can start with accurate dry fertilizer distribution before seeding, using the 6700's standard broadcast kit and left/right section control. Then, they can easily change to a post-emergence, between row nitrogen application, using the optional drop tube kit. At the same time, micro nutrients can also be applied, using the secondary hopper and metering. Later in the season, a cover crop can be applied between the rows. By focusing the fertilizer between rows, rather than broadcasting fertilizer over top of the crop canopy, producers can direct the fertilizer to where it's needed most and eliminate nitrogen burn from dry fertilizer getting hung up on the crop."

The Salford-Valmar 6700 comes loaded with features that are engineered to deliver producers, custom applicators, and ag retailers alike direct return on investment, including (but not limited to):

  • Patent pending 60-foot air booms with 30-inch row crop spacing, fit for 24 row planters
  • Quick response times for changing application rates at high speeds, using PWM valves to control the chain mesh conveyors and roller motors
  • Left Hand/ Right Hand section control
  • Full swath variable rate
  • Available with either an ISOBUS compatible ECU, or as "rate control ready" (which allows installation of a compatible 3rd party controller)
  • Electric roll tarp to offer a large open top for simplified tendering

The 6700 expands Salford Group's industry-leading lineup of dry application technology, available for fertilizer, seed, and/or herbicide. This existing lineup includes a wide range of spinner spreaders, pull-type and mounted cover crop and dry fertilizer application tools, and pull-type air boom applicators - including Salford's Valmar 9620, the world's largest capacity pull-type air boom applicator. 

"This is a significant step for our organization," said Salford's CEO, Geof Gray. "This product line is the next step in a very comprehensive portfolio of Salford dry application products and positions us well for market leadership into the future."

See the 6700 Chassis Mounted Air Boom Applicator, and more of Salford's new products, in booth 8566 at National Farm Machinery Show.

Click here to see more about the 6700.