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Megastar Gen-2


January 16, 2009
By Standen-Pearson

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megastarThe Standen-Pearson Megastar soil separator recently received a
makeover aimed at reducing ownership costs and enhancing performance.

The Standen-Pearson Megastar soil separator recently received a makeover aimed at reducing ownership costs and enhancing performance.

megastarMegastar Gen-2 replaces the previous Megastar model but retains some the earlier version’s qualities, including compact dimensions, excellent operator visibility, easy manoeuvrability and low power requirements.
 
The Megastar Gen-2 will be available for potato growers for the 2009 potato planting season, with pre-production examples having completed testing on many different soil types during 2008.

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Low maintenance, positive drive toothed belts now feature throughout, with the associated advantages of reduced wear and running costs, greater reliability and quietness of operation. Toothed belt drives also makes the machine much cleaner to work on than greasy sprockets and chains.
 
The new chassis is a high strength, welded, one-piece monocoque (unitary) design and has enabled designers to provide many of the new features. Ease of access to all areas for maintenance is dramatically improved, and it’s quicker to remove star shafts to change the number of star spacers. Large access doors are held open by pressurized gas strut supports when making inspections or adjustments.   
 
Megastar Gen-2 utilizes the same star bed and polymer star design as its predecessor, including the Actiflow active star format which spreads incoming material evenly across the star bed to maximize the use of its separating area.

A new control console has also been developed for Megastar Gen-2, resulting in a user-friendly interface. Standard equipment now includes dual hydraulic levelling while the stronger chassis has allowed engineers to fit a 20 per cent larger hydraulic boulder box, part of a comprehensive list of options.

Standen-Pearson’s dealer in Canada is Machinerie Del-Mont-Guay of St Thomas de Joliette, Quebec, 450-759-9547.

For more information, visit www.standen.co.uk.