We asked five operators to run through the good points and bad points of their self-propelled sprayers and explain why they picked them. This time we’re focusing on British-built machines from Sands, Househam, Chafer, Landquip and Bateman, all with tank sizes of between 4,000 and 5,000 litres. It’s a 5,000-litre Landquip CV228 fitted with 24m Pommier aluminium booms. It arrived last spring replacing an eight year old CV225 with a 3,500-litre tank. With increasingly tight weather windows through that period we needed more capacity to make sure we got round everything without compromising timeliness. To further take the pressure off, we’ve also moved back to using 50% granular nitrogen, hence the decision to stick with 24m tramlines to guarantee accuracy from our Kuhn Axis spreader. Being just 30 miles from their HQ, we get excellent back-up should anything go wrong and their staff know the machine backwards. When we’re deep in that busy spring bottleneck spraying 14-18 hours a day, we can’t afford any downtime so having them on the doorstep is a godsend. Like our old machine, the new sprayer uses a Househam skid-unit – chassis, engine, transmission and cab – with the Landquip sp...