Travelling irrigators are great for properties where high winds are a factor or where you need a more precise application of water.
These irrigators are also known as hard hose irrigators or hose reel machines. They consist of a polyethylene (PE) pipe coiled on a steel ‘cotton reel’. Either a trolley and rain gun, or a boom structure with small sprinklers, is then attached to the end of this pipe. Simply hook your tractor up to this trolley and unwind the pipe across the area you want to irrigate. Once the rain gun or sprinkler boom is in place, pressurized water is supplied to the cotton reel which drives a water turbine and gearbox to retract the trolley and irrigate the field as it goes.
Travelling irrigators are very versatile and can easily be shifted around your property. You can irrigate various run lengths at different speeds and apply low application rates where necessary. These machines are suitable for awkwardly-shaped fields and have several advantages over soft hose irrigators or shiftable sprinklers (namely less crop damage, no hose kinks and less labour required). You can isolate wet areas or spell fields if harvesting crops. Using a boom is particularly good for cropping and specialty seed production due to the high uniformity of the nozzles on the boom (similar to that of pivot and linear irrigators). Booms also use much less energy than rain guns so are cheaper to run.
WaterForce are New Zealand’s leading supplier and agent for Ocmis Hard Hose irrigators (from Modena, Italy). We stock a full range of Ocmis machines suitable for the New Zealand market. Also in stock are a range of foldable booms built specifically to suit the Ocmis range of irrigators. These booms range in size from 24m to 64m (or lane spacings up to 90m) and can be folded up quickly when shifting your irrigator to another site.
Our team of WaterForce engineers can work with you to determine which irrigation method will best suit your property. Our consulting process will consider your complete irrigation system including:
Features and benefits of a travelling irrigator with a rain gun include:
Features and benefits of a travelling irrigator with WaterForce boom include:
Key consideration of a travelling irrigator with a rain gun include:
Key considerations of a travelling irrigator with WaterForce boom include: