The Prowler is an Agricultural Tank
Allen Cornbower from The Mill of Black Horse has been working with GVM products since 2006. The Mill, a longtime customer of IAE, currently boasts an F-550 Hydra Spray, E370 Prowler combo, and E325 Prowler spreader, machines that Allen runs nearly every day in season.
Allen alone has already spread about 12,000 acres this year between pre and top dressing. The Mill’s average field size is five acres, with field sizes ranging from 1 to 100 acres. “It’s a lot of travel time,” Allen acknowledged, “so that’s why we like the Prowlers. You can get between fields and get something done.”
The terrain is also a mixture of everything: contours, hills, and flat fields. Allen remarked,
“For our terrain, the Prowler fits this area. It’s a very rugged machine.”
When asked if speed was a primary factor, he agreed, but also added that size and power are key. “You can carry a lot with you. You can leave the tender truck or the plant and get something done without having to refill all the time. You can continue carrying a load with you and [the Prowler] still has enough power to get the job done with the load on it.”
In addition, Allen spoke highly of the Prowler’s longevity. The Mill keeps their GVM machines as long as possible before getting newer models. “[The Prowler] is an agricultural tank. That’s what I tell everybody. That’s really what they are.”
The Mill has six locations in Maryland and Pennsylvania and is a fertilizer, chemical, and custom application dealer.
I Love this Machine
Mr. Steve Paul is a longtime farmer in central Pennsylvania and a proud Mako owner and operator. When asked why he chose the Mako, Steve lightly responded, “Look around—this land is too hilly for hydrostatic spraying. I don’t want to be limited by my sprayer.” He went on to tell say how the Mako was truly the ideal machine for him, as it minimized his footprint and crop damage, therefore minimizing his yield loss. He believes in multiple applications, making the Mako, a small, high-speed sprayer, the perfect choice. Steve will make multiple passes over 300 acres of corn, 150 acres of beans, 50 acres of barley, 70 acres of alfalfa, and 50 acres of pasture land with the Mako.
Steve purchased a Mako 440 with 42/80-foot aluminum booms and the extra width extension kit so he can set up for 120-inch row spacing. His machine is fully ISO controlled with an Ag Leader InCommand 800 in the cab and the Greentronics RiteHeight boom height control system. Steve mentioned feeling a difference in the Mako’s steering, stability, and maneuverability over his previous machine.
But Steve wasn’t just pleased with the machine. He noted that the sales team at IAE had done a great job at understanding his needs and his operation and then assisted him in selecting a machine that was “perfect for his operation.” He also bragged about the service he received from IAE, specifically from the new Service Tech, Justin Mobley, who helped get him up and running as he learned the new Ag Leader system.
Washington County Turf Farms
Washington County Turf Farms of West Kingston, Rhode Island recently purchased an 8275 Predator to increase the efficiency of their operation. Washington County Turf Farm uses the Predator for both liquid and dry application. About the change-over process, Rick Albr, operator, exclaimed, “The change-over is pretty easy! We can’t do it in less than an hour like you guys can, but with some forklifts and a couple of pallets, we get it done in an hour and a half, no problem.”
We were pleased to hear that the Rhode Island turf farm had a great experience with GVM. Rick told us his salesman, Tim Werner, made the trip to Rhode Island when the unit was delivered and spent a few days with him, teaching him how to use both systems and assisting them with their first change-over. Rick commented,“Tim was great to work with and extremely knowledgeable. I know he is always just a phone call away, and will usually get me straightened out over the phone within a matter of minutes.”