"The SM200 Superspeed
It is The Latest Development by Samart Kaset Yon"
Sugar Cane Harvesters are expensive both to buy and to operate. Sometimes, just moving these huge machines between worksites becomes a costly logistical nightmare. However, help is at hand from those nice people at Samart Kaset Yon in Hankha Thailand.
Taking the opportunity provided by the Sugarex 2019 exhibition which was held late 2019 in Khon Kean (Thailand). Samart Kaset Yon Ltd gave visitors a preview of their latest sugar cane harvester machine. The SM200 Superspeed. It is the latest development by this Thai company. The Superspeed, is as its name implies a high speed machine. Not in the field of course where cane conditions dictate the travel speed, but on the highway where the machine is capable of safe operation up to 50 kph and yet arriving at the work site can drive straight onto the field to start work without any modification or alteration to the machine.
This obviates the requirement for any road transport eliminating trucking cost and loading labour along with the associated waiting times. To maintain the strong product features of its sister machines the Superspeed borrows some features from the long established SM 200 product line, for example the harvesting head of the machine follows the familiar Samart design but has a revised crop divider for improved performance on lodges or “sleeping” cane.
In some ways even the rest of the machine is familiar inasmuch as the self-unloading hopper at the rear of the machine is borrowed from the established SM200 Giant harvester. But at ground level the machine starts to look very different. The half-track design featured on the Giant gives way to a multi wheel rear chassis concept with a drive steer axle at the front of the machine to handle directionality.
“Using Multi-Wheel Designs Gives Optimum Weight Distribution Minimising Soil Compaction, In Fact The Overall Effect is Better That of Tracked Machines”
Samart Leethirananon, the company’s owner and chief designer has commented
Samart Leethirananon, the company’s owner and chief designer comments “using multi-wheel designs gives optimum weight distribution minimising soil compaction, in fact the overall effect is better that that of tracked machines”.
However, the unconventional approach does not stop at that! The twinned live/dead axle combination which forms the rear chassis of the machine sits on a leaf spring set-up as opposed to being fixed to the vehicle frame and it is this fact that makes the principle difference.
Having an effective suspension means that the machine can be road going giving it “straight from the field” capability. Fast transport must be an advantage for many plantation owners, but contractors or those farmers having geographically disbursed field locations will really appreciate the flexibility given by the fact that they no longer need to provide road transport to move the harvesters between locations.
The Superspeed also incorporates features developed from the customer clinics that Samart held last year. New is a wider range of power options pushing power availability from 207hp to 285hp from an emission rated engine.
Also the header, along with the chaff blower system has been revised. Like the Giant, the SM 200 Superspeed will be available with the Samart SIS yield mapping and output monitoring system. This model is now fully released for production and is expected to hit the fields during the 2020 season.
Samart Kaset-Yon Ltd. Part.
184 Moo 11, Hankha District, Hankha,
Chainat 17130 Thailand
Fax : +6656452221