One million Amazone fertiliser spreaders sold
One million fertiliser spreaders sold allows Amazonen-Werke, in 2013, to look back on what is a major success story. This story began almost 100 years ago, in a time, when mineral fertiliser was still spread manually on most farms. So in 1915, the founder of Amazone, Heinrich Dreyer, invented a new worm auger spreader and applied for a patent on it. Compared with either the slit or chain fertiliser spreaders, which were already in use at that time, this worm auger spreader, called by the model name “Michel”, proved to be easier to pull and more precise. Offered in different widths from 1.5 to 4 m, it could, in the field, evenly distribute all the usual fertilisers, irrespective of whether dry or wet. In addition, due to relatively low production costs, it was also affordable for smaller farms and thus quickly conquered wider agriculture.
Sales developed so successfully that, in total, more than 250,000 worm auger spreaders of the most versatile versions were sold. Even during the 1960’s, more than 10,000 units left the assembly line. However, the demand slowly receded and then, in 1986, production was stopped completely. But, in the meantime, the ZA twin disc spreader, developed by Prof. h.c. (SAA Samara) RAAS Dr. Dr. h.c. Heinz Dreyer, had replaced the worm auger spreader as its successor.
The ZA developed into an even larger success story that again made AMAZONE unrivalled for many years in the sector of fertiliser spreaders. Since 1958, Amazone has sold far more than 700,000 ZA fertiliser spreaders. The successful main principles of the ZA fertiliser spreaders included the spreading discs being driven in opposing directions, allowing, a mirrored, evenly precise spread pattern to both the left and right hand side of the direction of travel. On the other hand, the consistent, adjustable PTO shaft speed also ensured a constant speed of the spreading discs. So the fertiliser spreader was quickly and easily adjusted for different types of fertiliser and working widths. These basic principles were so successful that they are still present today on most spreaders.
Many other AMAZONE innovations followed and have still further promoted the ZA success story, such as, for example, the swivel blade technology for late top dressing. Other milestones were also the exchangeable disc system for still wider and variable working widths (currently up to 54 m) and the development of boundary and side spreading systems.
Highly successful models, and trendsetting at their time, were, above all, the: ZA-F, ZA-U and ZA-M series. Whereas, however, in the early years of the ZA, it was just the sophisticated mechanics that created the success, later on it was the hydraulic functionality and the electronics that were to promote still further the ZA spreader.
With hopper sizes of up to 4,200 litres and operational speeds of about 20 km/h, these big output models from the new ZA-TS spreader range today manage hourly work rates of up to 50 ha. Additionally, with their weigh-cell technology, disc integrated AutoTS boundary spreading system, GPS-Switch and their state-of-the-art ISOBUS terminals; they simultaneously fulfil the highest demands for precision as well.