Pichon and Hendrik Drent


Pichon is both a scientist and member of L’Arche’s community of retreat centers for families caring for loved ones with mental illness. Her research examines how mechanical damage to sensory neurons causes pain.

Pichon proposed that Saturday’s initial Conference meeting should include not only belligerent States but also those that had severed relations with Germany; personally he preferred inviting those states who had severed ties with Berlin as participants.

Hendrik’s Pichon Tanker

Hendrik Drent operates a 70ha dairy farm in Tahuna and for four years contracted tankers from outside companies to spread effluent for him. To gain greater flexibility with timing and ground conditions, Hendrik decided to purchase one himself – opting for a 10,000 litre Pichon tanker from Norwoods Farm Machinery Morrinsville branch.

Hendrik installed his Pichon slurry tanker with either a vertical or horizontal macerator to meet his spreading requirements. This machine helps break up slurry into finer particles for even distribution and reduces chances of lumps in the tank. Furthermore, there are various brackets available that enable internal mixing options, top fill cone and semi-rigid rear linkages to adapt to farmers’ ever changing needs.

The tanks are constructed from thick 6mm steel that has been galvanised both inside and out to withstand the corrosive nature of effluent. Single axle units feature two internal baffles to minimize slop and stress on chassis and tractor; towable using a large single flotation tyre ensures it can pass easily through tight gateways.

The tanks are easy to keep clean as there is a five-litre oil storage unit attached to their frame which makes lubrication of pumps and PTO drives simple. A large hatch provides convenient access for cleaning.

Hendrik’s 80hp Tractor

Hendrik Drent uses an 80hp Pichon tractor equipped with a 10,000-litre tanker to spread effluent on his farm. Prior to purchasing it from Norwoods’ Morrinsville branch, He relied on contractors for this work; now with more control of application times and paddock conditions he prefers using this Pichon himself – which has proven reliable performance!

The Major’s engines are free from electronic controls and it delivers good torque for its class despite being noisy when fully powered. Equipped with a basic 32-speed gearbox and featuring unsynchronised range changes that may result in skinned knuckles during range changes. Unfortunately, its lanky gearstick can be challenging to use and its range changes unsynchronised may cause skinned knuckles – plus there’s also an inconvenient F/R shuttle and below average lifting capacity and hydraulic output respectively on board! Mechanical linkage control on this model is cumbersome – its only external control being an external ratchet with unlabled spools positioned too close together; further complicating matters further!

At 8.4 meters, its turning circle was the smallest in our test and its cab appeared half the size of that of a larger Zetor. With its sloping windscreen and narrow door window obstructing forward vision, four-wheel drive was engaged using a rocker switch on its B-pillar; aggressiveness could be adjusted using buttons on either side; other switches dealt with height adjustments, speed control and draft sensitivity adjustments.

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