Jun 28, 2021
IceTiger – bringing more precision to winter road gritting
Amazone now offers the IceTiger, an innovative new mounted spreader for the application of salt and brine with the highest precision and which represents a completely new development. The new conveying technology, via a belt floor, makes the application of salts with different moisture contents possible, even in very small quantities, as well as for the application of slip-preventing materials such as grit or sand. The IceTiger, when used in combination with the comfortable ISOBUS control, becomes a precision machine for winter grit spreading.
Innovation: Smart Precision System – adjustable belt floor and electric delivery point adjustment via ISOBUS
Hydraulically-driven feed of the material to be spread via the belt floor is a unique feature. Thanks to the wide contact surface, the material to be spread is continuously transported without clogging and bridging towards a chute which feeds it down onto the spreading disc. A hydraulic motor allows the speed of the belt floor to be precisely adjusted to run fast or slow, so that even extremely small quantities - down to 5 g/m² - can be applied as and when required. Working widths from 2 to 8 m are possible from the precision spreading disc. The IceTiger can therefore be perfectly tailored to the demands of the area needing treating.
The Smart Precision System also offers a significant advantage from the electric delivery point adjustment via ISOBUS. In this respect, the required degree of spread to the left or right is set comfortably and easily from the tractor seat. The spread fan is shifted by an electric actuator whilst the vehicle is travelling on the road. Fully automatically, the electric delivery point adjustment then accurately sets the delivery point of the material to be spread in order to produce the desired symmetrical or asymmetrical spread pattern. This electric delivery point adjustment works in conjunction with the automatic regulation of the spreading disc speed. This flexible adjustment of the working width allows the spread pattern to be precisely set for either spreading just one lane or two lanes at the same time. Furthermore, the triangular spread pattern can be brought inwards in such a way that, for example on roundabouts, the complete road surface is covered in an optimum manner.
In the cab, Amazone offers the in-house developed, AmaTron 4 ISOBUS terminal meaning that even tractors which are not ISOBUS-compatible as standard can be retrofitted with the AmaTron 4 for winter road gritting. The tablet-style terminal features an 8” multi-touch colour display with day-night mode, a practical quick-start menu with intelligent menu navigation as well as automatic fade-in of the touch buttons via proximity sensors. All functions in the work menu can be actuated via the AmaPilot+ multi-function joystick or other ISOBUS multi-function joysticks for maximum comfort.
Optional: Integrated pre-wetted salt system
The IceTiger can be equipped with a brine applicator with a total tank capacity of 500 l for the application of FS30 pre-wetted salt as an option. Solid salt and brine are mixed together immediately upstream of the spreading disc, whereby the precisely adjustable supply of brine is provided via a hydraulically driven pump with dry-run protection. The mixing of the two products results in a reduction of the salt content by approx. 23% compared to dry salt. Apart from faster de-icing, wind losses are significantly reduced.
Smart operation with EasySet 2 – cost-effective and environmentally-friendly
The basic version of the IceTiger is controlled via the machine-specific EasySet 2 in-cab terminal. The simple, intuitive operation only requires a brief instruction period making it ideal for operations that use multiple drivers. After the required spread rate and the desired working width have been entered, the application rate is regulated automatically depending on the forward speed. The delivery point is adjusted manually when using EasySet 2. The +100% function can be used to double the spread rate on critical areas, such as on bridges or at road junctions. The calibration of working width, speed and application rate is also possible at the touch of a button. In addition, the LED work lights and the rotating beacon can be actuated via EasySet 2. A reversing camera with a view of the spread pattern as well as an internal hopper camera for monitoring the fill level are optional.
Larger hopper for higher work rates
The basic version of the IceTiger winter salt spreader is equipped with a 1,000 litre hopper. The hopper has a favourable centre of gravity created by the 3-point linkage positioning and the steep hopper walls. Any material residues are therefore reliably avoided. But, as an option, the capacity can be expanded up to a maximum of 1,900 l by means of 300 l or 600 l extensions.