New to Australia, but with a successful track record in Europe and North America, Mankar ULV hand-held herbicide sprayers offer significant advantages over conventional spraying methods.
The patented ULV nozzles break the undiluted herbicide down into uniform 40 micron droplets, a fraction of the droplet size previously attainable. This means that an effective coverage of the area to be treated is achievable with a smaller amount of herbicide - at least 50% less than with conventional knapsack sprayers.
The use of undiluted product also reduces weight. A fully loaded hand-held unit carries only 500 ml of herbicide for a total weight of approximately 3.5 kg vs 15-20 kg for a loaded knapsack sprayer. Yet it offers more autonomy, about 1½ hours continuous work per load at a walking pace of 4 km/h vs. less than 1 hour for knapsacks.
The nozzle is activated by a rechargeable 6V battery that has an autonomy of up to 16 hours per charge.
Another key benefit is that the product is sprayed downwards without pressure, thus eliminating herbicide drift beyond the area to be treated.
The more precise and effective use of herbicide is a key to the success of this technology, to the point where certain European Government agencies prescribe Mankar equipment in the vicinity of waterways. The Canadian Government has included Mankar in its list of subsidised equipment purchases.
Beyond these features, Mankar hand-held units are also fantastic time savers: the use of undiluted product means that there is no need to measure and mix solutions, and the operator can work for longer periods without needing to refill. End-of-day cleaning work consists of putting the residual herbicide back into the drum, and purging the system with water.
Mankar hand-held sprayers are complemented with a range of wheel- and vehicle mounted units.
Made in Germany and distributed in Australia by Felco Distribution, the Mankar ULV sprayers are suitable for the application of most liquid herbicides (Glyphosates, Glufosinates, and others).