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Last updated by Nick S. on 25/04/2024

DJI Agras T25DJI Agras T50
DJI Agras T25DJI Agras T50
liquid tank capacity20L40L
spreader/hopper max litres, max kg35L, 25KG75L, 50kg
Standard nozzle Optional nozzleStandard configuration: 2 double atomizing centrifugal nozzles, optional 4 nozzlesStandard configuration: 2 double atomizing centrifugal nozzles, optional 4 nozzles
Maximum spray flowTwo nozzles 16L/min Four nozzles 24L/minTwo nozzles 16L/min Four nozzles 24L/min
Maximum effective spray width7 meters11 meters
weight no battery and empty tank25.4kg39.9kg
DimensionsArms extended, blades unfolded: 2585×2675×780 mm Arms extended, blades folded: 1475×1540×780 mm Arms folded, blades folded: 1050×690×820 mmArms extended, blades extended: 2800×3085×820 mm Arms extended, blades folded: 1590×1900×820 mm Arms folded, blades folded: 1115×750×900mm
Maximum operating efficiency180 acres/hour320 acres/hour
Recommended minimum flight altitude2.5 meters3 meters
boundary wrappingTwo nozzles: U-turn. Four nozzles: Manual forward/reverse operation, automatic U-turn.Two nozzles: U-turn. Four nozzles: Manual forward/reverse operation, automatic U-turn.
Adjustable angle HD camera1200W pixels adjustable angle1200W pixels adjustable angle
radarFront and rear active phased array radarFront and rear active phased array radar
remote controlDJI RC Plus remote controlDJI RC Plus remote control
usage timeInternal battery 3.3 hours External battery 2.7 hoursInternal battery 3.3 hours External battery 2.7 hours
External battery modelWB37, optionalWB37, optional
RTK high-precision positioning moduleStandard configurationStandard configuration
Charging internal and external batteries at the same timeyesyes
Pump type and quantity2 magnetic drive impeller pumps (enhanced type)2 magnetic drive impeller pumps (enhanced type)
filterLiquid inlet 50 mesh, bottom 100 meshLiquid inlet 50 mesh, bottom 100 mesh
Flowmeter accuracyTwo-channel electromagnetic flowmeter<2%Two-channel electromagnetic flowmeter<2%
Nozzle model and quantity2 double atomizing centrifugal nozzles, optional 4 nozzles2 double atomizing centrifugal nozzles, optional 4 nozzles
particle sizeNozzle speed range: 2000-14000 RPM, atomization particle size: 50-500μmNozzle speed range: 2000-14000 RPM, atomization particle size: 50-500μm
Nozzle valve typeelectromagnetic valveelectromagnetic valve
Basic battery data


DB800 52.2V 15500mah

discharge rate 11.5C


DB1560 52.2V 30000mAh

discharge rate 11.5C

Compatible batteriesT20P/T25T20P (reduce load), T25 (reduce load), T30 (reduce load), T40, T50
Battery warranty life1500 cycles1500 cycles
charging equipmentDJI C8000DJI C8000
motor model10028 59KV10033 48KV
Motor adaptation modelT25T50/T40
Propeller model50185413 (upper part) 5415 (lower part)
ESC adapter modelT25T40/T50
DFH Suggested generator specs4.5kw rated power (constant power)
Inverter pure sine wave
Single phase
2* 15 amp sockets
Reasonable Weight (ideally under 90kg)
Reasonable noise, ideally under 75 dba.
9kw rated power (constant power)
Inverter pure sine wave
Single phase
2* 15 amp sockets
Reasonable Weight (ideally under 150kg)
Reasonable noise, ideally under 75 dba.
Charging modeDual-line fast charging/single-line slow chargingTwo-channel input fast charging/single-channel input slow charging
Charging completion time9-12 minutes to charge DB800 battery9-12 minutes
Spreader Protection level and cleaning requirementsIP67 washableIP67 washable
Spreader Maximum speed1300 rpm1300 rpm
Spreader Maximum spreading width/swath8 meters8 meters
Spreader Applicable materials0.5-5mm dry solid particles0.5-5mm dry solid particles



Last updated by Nick S. on 25/04/2024

FeatureDJI Agras T50Brand ‘X’ agricultural pro spray drone
Radars / perception systemOverall perception system
The T50 has phased array digital radars on the front and back, and a binocular vision system that is double that of the T40. It can terrain follow in 50 degree slope mountains. This creates smoother, more confident and efficient flying , and more careful assessment of obstacles and other risks.
One main imaging radar and a terrain sensor and no binocular vision system at all.
Range (how far it can go)2km (The maximum flight radius that can be set).

Whilst 2km is the max that can be set in the RC settings, the Effective Distance / is actually 7km as it has DJI 03 Agras (Ocusync). OcuSync 3 is DJI’s state-of-the-art transmission system that they have been improving since they first introduced it. It’s far more reliable than Wi-Fi since it provides stronger transmission over long distances and in areas with interference. Ocusync has more transmission power, less latency, and higher resolution. Its unique to DJI and its commonly known amongst industry professionals that most if not all other systems are nowhere near as good.
1km (The maximum flight radius that can be set).

Because its without Ocusync, this can been even lower than 1km, due to obstructions and interference effecting non-Ocusync systems more. This is a big consideration, especially for commercial operators. Losing transmission between your RC and aircraft can add risk and complication you just don't need when your out in a field. And having to move your position/ trailer more often to get closer to your drone can diminish productivity (hectares covered) per day.
Spray width 'swath'11m10m
Speading width 'swath'8m7m
Remote Controller (RC)Large proprietary RC with built-in screen.

Large bright 7-inch touch LCD screen to view and manage essential controls and instruments. 8-core CPU for built-in prescription-map making.

When out in the field you often have sun glare and pressure to get your hectares done. You need clear on-screen information to manage the job and feel confident and safe in your operations.

Sync everything to DJI SmartFarm to do pre/post job analysis including elevation analysis and things like orchard tree counting. Just one piece of equipment to use, nothing else to add. DJI technology is powerfully interconnected
No screen (need to use phone).

Phone screen often too small and not bright enough. Result: cant see enough mission information, cant see it clearly and difficult to tap individual options especially with large fingers. Also if its your own phone you wont be able to take calls and will have to keep attaching and detaching the phone and cable. No image processing (map making) capability on board the RC. And a small controller size overall is more cramped and less comfortable for large hands.
Mapping and variable rate sprayingUse the DJI Mavic 3 Multispectral (M3M) mapping drone to create a regular map or NDVI map of your crop. DJI Terra will create a variable rate prescription mission for the T50. Or choose to manually draw polygons (with PC mouse) around sections of the crop that need spraying. M3M + T50 is a powerful combination that can result in much smarter spraying than simply spraying everything and with the same application rate.No mapping drone (regular or multispectral)
Mobility and weight39.9kg without battery and empty spray tank.


Users often carry their aircraft short distances on to the trailer when changing position in field or from trailer into shed at end of day.
54kg (+14.1kg heavier ) without battery and empty spray tank.

Not practical when simply wanting to move it from your trailer to the ground ( to take off point) and vice a versa. Requires 2 people every time which effects workflow efficiency. If the tank is detachable and the weight comes down to 46kg without tank this is still too heavy for one person.
Minimum granule size spreader can handle0.5 mm (500 microns)
More flexible to accommodate finer particles
1 mm (1000 microns)
Less flexible to accommodate finer particles
Hovering Accuracy w/radar onWithout RTK: Horizontal ±60 cm, Vertical ±10 cm
RTK Enabled: Horizontal ±10 cm, Vertical ±10 cm
Without RTK: Horizontal ±60 cm, Vertical ±30 cm
RTK Enabled: Horizontal ±10 cm, Vertical ±10 cm

If the drones vertical height keeps moving up and down by an extra 20cm this can make spray width (swath) less consistent and therefore can increase potential for under-spray / over-spray
Dirt, particle, dust proofinglevel 5 protection against solid particles greater than 1mm, Partial protection against dust, and level 5 Protection against low-pressure jets (6.3 mm) of directed water from any angle (limited ingress permitted with no harmful effects).not tested for ingress protection from solid particles or dust
Final thoughtsThe T50 is a dependable spraying machine created by an unapparelled R and D team. This team has evidently focussed their attention on the entire workflow in order to maximise hectares sprayable per year, and for the most years (longevity).In this example comparison, the long list of factors above are highly relevant and important considerations when purchasing an asset/machine for your property or contracting business. The extra 10L liquid capacity is an isolated advantage and one that can easily lead to anchoring bias.



Last updated by Nick S. on 25/04/2024


★ 5 reasons why spray drones are booming in Australia in 2024


1. Availability: By having a T50 yourself, you can spray/spread anytime, day or night in a moment's notice. No more waiting for spray contractors, helicopter pilots to show up, or for the ground to dry out. Spend less time worrying about missing tight time frames that are right to spray in. 


2. Efficacy: The drones' propellers sit just 3m off the ground, forcing the droplets down and circulating them to get more liquid on-target. Drones very often achieve the same kill rate / desired effect with less water and less chemicals.


3. No ground compaction Meaning no yield loss & no machine wear from ground impacts. Particularly so for small plot broad acre drone spraying 


4. Accuracy and precise control: Spray drones can get into steep areas you've never felt safe taking your tractor into, or near fence lines, close to trees, gullies etc.   


5. Safety: spraying via drone allows you to stand back at a distance meaning reduced risk of chemical exposure.


El Niño's demise and La Niña's emergence is gaining traction, increasing the odds Australia will face another lengthy period of above average rain and cooler temperatures by the back half of 2024 (ABC article). Not being able to spray because the ground is too wet or the area is inaccessible can create large losses for any farmer - sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars. An event like this can make the cost of adding a spray drone to your list of machines insignificant. Even having a spray drone purely as a backup can create a return on investment  in just a year or two when used at those critical times when your boom sprayer is out of action, helicopter pilot is too busy, or your contractor is unavailable. It's also quite likely your neighbors will take an interest and ask you to spray sections of their property as well, meaning there's potential for a new side-income stream. 


Important to note, there's more to it than just buying one - spraying by any method, needs to be done at the right application rate, performed carefully to manage drift, and done on-time. Like most farming activities,  it is a workflow which can also be done efficiently or inefficiently. The drone spraying workflow usually involves designing aircraft missions with the controller (see 2-min video), moving chemical/granular into it, battery charging, trailer design and whether pre-mapping (see 7-min video ) is needed or not. 


It helps to be supported by people who use the equipment themselves and know what they're doing and to be connected to a community of other drone sprayers. People who can assist you with understanding your spraying goals and the capabilities of drone, setting you up properly and with legitimate equipment, planning suitable spray missions for each section of your property, supplying useful value-adding accessories and supplying parts and support quickly when needed to reduce machine downtime. The initial cost of the equipment is important, but it's only the first step and only one part of the consideration set when you plan for long term success and cost minimisation.  



★ Brochure & sales speak aside, the DFH Ag team has come up with our own top 5 reasons why we think the T50 is the best spray drone in Australia. 


dji agras t50


1. More hectares covered per hour

Spraying:
The manufacturer quotes 21 ha per hour. This is higher than any other similar model in Australia, the T50 achieves this due to its upgraded speed and flow rate of 24L per min (running all 4 x spray lances).  

Spreading:
The manufacturer quotes 108 kg per minute (empties the hopper in about 30 secs), or  1.5 tonnes per hr. Also higher than any other similar model in Australia. The T50 spreader is larger than the T40 one and has a more consistent output rate of granules. 

Even the older DJI T40 model was able to cover more hectares than the current closest competitor in Australia . In an online comparison video the T40 achieved 18 acres after 4 batteries and the other brand achieved 14.9 acres after 4 batteries. Compared to the T40, the T50 fly’s faster, and has a higher max flow rate, and larger capacity hopper. As a result, the upcoming T50 comparison videos will likely show a widening the gap even further , between DJI and its nearest competitors.

In addition to the T50 being the most efficient in its main function - spraying and spreading,  the next point below discusses the importance of understanding the drone/aircraft itself is just one part of your whole setup out in the field – which involves various systems working together in order to achieve overall workflow efficiency.


2. A much more considered and integrated system as a whole   

DJI is by far the largest drone maker in the world. Estimated more than 85% market share of the global drone market. Employing over 14,000 employees of which 25% are research and development-based, a testament to the company's list of world leading innovations and achievements. DJI’s depth and breadth of experience allows it to compound its strengths across multiple market segments such as agriculture, inspection, thermography, delivery, mapping and recreational flying. Some of DJI’s marked achievements are noted below:

2.a.
In addition to agricultural drones DJI also makes the best mapping drones in the world by far (e.g. M3M, M350RTK), which are designed to work in unison with their spray drones.

2.b.
DJI also designs and produces a long list of other world leading industrial drones such as the M3T thermal drone (animal spotting), Flycart30 (delivery) , Dock 2 (continuous automated monitoring)

2.c.
DJI has by far the most advanced and easy to use remote controller (RC) with Ocusync 3 transmission technology , 4 x RF antennas on the AC and a large bright integrated screen and smart menu system.

2.d.
DJIs thorough and unmatched testing process: the T50 was tested for over 12 months in China before being sent out to Australia and other markets.

2.e.
Peace of mind regarding nozzle and droplets regulation: DJI has a manufacturer declaration that the T50 has been developed, constructed and verified to meet the technical requirements of the regulation  and ‘certified nozzle’ LX8060SZ. 

What does all this mean for an Australian farmer? It means that when you use DJI equipment, it feels right - the different components, systems, software’s, integrate together well. DJI has considered the wider user experience as a whole, rather than picking equipment specifications to work on in an isolated way.

Some of the benefits listed above of these are less visible when ‘window shopping’ but play a very important role when you’re out in the field trying to get hectares treated  by a deadline. At the end of the day DJI have succeeded by being customer-centric -  understanding that farmers want -  a dependable machine that is productive, not overly complicated, and well thought out.  You might choose the T50 for the same reasons you choose the LandCruiser - it focuses on the right things and gets the job done, and is the most dependable and well supported asset every time.


3. Unique dual-purpose design (broadacre and complex terrain)  

Some spray drone manufacturers took the easy path - designed their machines for broad acre work – large flat areas with no trees or obstacles. These are easy conditions for the drone to perform in.  Getting a spray drone to confidently navigate and spray in trickier country is much more difficult – steep terrain, trees, powerlines, gully’s etc. The T50 has a uniquely powerful perception system - phased array digital radars on both the front and back, plus 2 x sets of binocular vision cameras. These features form a much more advanced overall perception system for the aircraft, enabling it to confidently move through and spray/spread on areas of your property you’ve never been able to access with a quad or tractor or quick spray setup. 

T50 is the only choice if you're looking for a flexible multi-terrain machine. It is not simply a flying boom sprayer. Put your T50 to work on a wider variety of tasks such as seeding, stabilizing steep areas, spraying weeds in gully’s or rocky areas, spraying up close to trees and fence lines on ridges. And see a faster return on investment from your spray drone. 


4. Superior features and performance when compare to nearest competitors

Please see the detailed comparison table here.


5. Investment security and resale value

As with any farming machine, by buying the best and most ubiquitous spraying drone from the largest and best drone manufacturer in the world, you are making a relatively safe investment and will see a more reliable resale value than choosing a sub-par brand.


★ When to opt for the smaller T25


DJI Agras T25


You can see the detailed comparison of T50 and T25 here.


Choosing between the DJI Agras T25 and T50 for agricultural purposes depends on the specific requirements of your farming operations. Here are some scenarios where the T25 might be a preferable choice over the T50:


Smaller Farm Size: The T25 is light, nimble, and flexible, with smaller dimensions when compared to the T50. This makes it better suited for smaller or more confined agricultural lands where a smaller drone can maneuver more easily and efficiently. A T25 tends to be the go to option for farmers with land smaller than 100 hectares and who won’t be spraying often (often is considered twice a month or more). 


Cost Efficiency: The T25 comes at a lower cost. Additionally both initial investment and operational expenses are less. If budget constraints are a concern, opting for the T25 could be more economical while still providing the necessary capabilities for agricultural tasks.


Ease of Handling and Transportation: Due to its reduced dimensions and weight, the T25 can be easier to transport and set up , especially if your planning to be operating on your own.  Easy to put on and off the back of the ute, easy to quickly pack up and move up to the next patch of weeds, again - especially if your a single person operation. 


Specific Crop Types: Certain types of crops or agricultural practices may not require the higher application rates and range that the T50 offers. In such cases, the T25's capabilities might be perfectly adequate, making it a more targeted and efficient choice.


When considering which drone to use, it's important to assess the specific needs of your operation, including the size of the area to be serviced, the type of crops, available time to complete the tasks and budget considerations. The T25, with its compact size and flexibility, may just be the better option for smaller, more budget-sensitive operations.





★ Why choose DJI   DJI agriculture


Market Leadership and Global Presence: DJI was founded in 2006 and has grown to become the world's leading drone manufacturer. The company has a significant global presence, with its products available in over 100 countries. 


Versatility: DJI offers a diverse range of drones catering to different needs and budgets. From compact consumer drones like the Mini 4 Pro and Mavic 3 series, enterprise drones like the Mavic 3 Enterprise and Matrice 30 series, to the Agriculture drones like T50, T40 and FlyCart, DJI provides options for aerial photography, cinematography, mapping, agriculture, search and rescue, and more.


Quality and Reliability: DJI drones are known for their high build quality and reliability. They undergo rigorous testing to ensure they can withstand various environmental conditions and deliver consistent performance. Whether it's capturing stunning aerial footage or performing complex maneuvers, DJI drones are trusted by hobbyists, professionals, and industries alike for their dependability.


Agriculture Solutions: DJI has a dedicated line of drones and solutions for the agriculture industry. Their agriculture drones, such as the Agras series (i.e. Agras T50, Agras T40, Agras T10, etc.), are specifically designed for efficient crop spraying, field monitoring, and data collection. These drones help farmers optimize their operations, save time and resources, and improve crop yields. 


Ecosystem and Software: DJI's software ecosystem includes apps for flight planning, post-processing, and data analysis, providing comprehensive solutions for drone users across industries. Specifically for agriculture, the DJI Terra app provides a comprehensive solution for farmers, agronomists, and agricultural professionals to plan, execute, and analyze drone operations for various agricultural tasks, such as Field Mapping and Surveying, Plant Health Monitoring, Crop Scouting and Inspection, Variable Rate Application, Irrigation Management and Workflow Automation.


Accessories: DJI has built a robust ecosystem around its drones, offering a wide range of accessories and add-ons to enhance functionality and performance. This includes spare parts, batteries, propellers, gimbals, and camera upgrades, allowing users to customize their drones according to their requirements. 


Customer Support and Community: DJI is known for its strong customer support and active user community. The company offers comprehensive customer service, tutorials, and resources to help users get the most out of their drones. Additionally, DJI has a vibrant online community where users can share tips, techniques, and discuss their experiences.



★ Why choose DFH  


1. DJI Agriculture Authorised Service Center (ASC) & Authorised Dealer 

Drones For Hire (DFH) is a DJI Agriculture Authorised Service Center (ASC) and authorised dealer. DFH has multiple staff certified as official DJI Academy Certified Agras Instructors & DJI Certified Agras Repair Technicians. 

Our stock (T40’s, M3M’s etc) is legitimate and correct for the AU region and backed with an official DJI warranty. Being an Ag focused DJI dealer means our capability is uniquely focussed around spray drones and mapping drones. Here are some example images from setup days and demo days. And some example instructional videos . DFH has supplied over a hundred Agras units to growers and contract sprayers nationwide. Clients also include the QLD dept. of Agriculture and Fisheries, WA Dept. of Primary Industries, CSIRO, AECOM, Department of Defence, Charles Sturt University, Southern Cross University, and Anglo Coal. Other non-ag focused DJI dealers are likely to be focussed on the more common consumer drones which significantly affects their capacity to guide and support agricultural customers. 



2. Onsite training on your property 

DFH has technicians in most states who own and use this equipment themselves and are competent in drone-spraying and mapping operations. Our technicians are qualified with CASA type ratings/endorsements, and are often farmers themselves. Doing the setup day at your property is important as it means your technician will be able to understand the terrain in conjunction with your specific spraying/spreading  goals and be able to advise the best spraying methods for each section of your property. They may also be able to map and start spraying/spreading the paddocks that are the highest priority for you to get started. Before the day, your technician will send you a list of pre-setup day procedures (activations, charging, firmware updates etc) that you can do at home so you can hit the ground running when he arrives.

The DFH team also includes degree qualified engineers, photogrammetry experts, PhD’s, OAM, robotics experts, members of agribusiness advisory committees, and an ex-RAAF pilot. The team has a diverse mix of capabilities who can assist with the various goals and challenges our customers face and bring to us for professional advice.  This could be about facets of their unique workflow design to maximize hectares covered per day, capture and interpretation of multispectral data, software setup, trailer design and engineering (to carry drones, IBC carrier tank, batching tank, chemical tank, generator, pump etc), custom modification of your spray drone, and payload lifting kits.

 

3. Included spares kits and spares availability 

DFH includes a spares kit with your spray drone order - spares that typically wear out sooner than other items (e.g. washers, sealing rings), and items that are good to have onsite ready to go if you have a mishap (e.g. propellers). Being able to continue spraying on the same day can make a huge difference especially when under time pressure with e.g. weather coming in. 

In addition to supplying spares kits, DFH also maintains an extensive parts supply in NSW, ready for express shipping when customers need to get flying again fast. 

 

4. DFH-exclusive value adding products


The DFH team of engineers and technicians has developed our own DFH-unique products designed to help our customers optimise their workflow when spraying/mapping. These include for example our T40 Fast Mover wheel sets, fast-fill tank caps, custom spares kits, HDS: Heavy Droplet Spinner discs, Granular Sherpa System, dual 15-amp socket extension cables, cooling station modifications, custom made CNC hard cases, and modified laptops for faster image processing on the go. 


fast fill capwheels

orange cablertk case


5. Backed by the largest drone site Australia since 2013 


DFH has deep roots in the Australian drone industry. We started in 2013 , building DJI Flame Wheel F550 ARF Kits (pre the first Phantom and pre the MG-1P - DJIs first spray drone). With 10 years of relevant experience DFH has now grown to become Australia's largest drone site, supplying $M of hardware sales each year and attracting more than 40,000 drone marketplace requests.



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★ When do i need an RTK mobile station, and when do I need a mapping drone?


DJI RTK Station


Complexity of your country

RTK makes your drone more precise and stable in how it moves around. So if you have a lot of trees, steep hills and complex country in general, RTK will help you operate and steer the drone with extra surety and confidence.  

Adding a mapping drone such as an M3M adds more surety again to your spraying mission as it essentially gives your spray drone all the information in advance as to the ‘lay of the land’ its about to head in to - in effect showing the spray drone the height changes and trees etc before it even takes off. 

The ‘google map’ showing on your controller screen is relatively low resolution, relatively old (maybe 1-3 years), and low accuracy (it was created by GNSS satellite imagery, not RTK ). 

By mapping an area with a mapping drone, you will be able to solve these limitations: 

  • High resolution - zoom in and mark precise spraying area boundaries,
  • Recency - you know that the map your looking at was made as at the day you flew the mapping drone,
  • Accurate - because the mapping drone needs to connect to your RTK base station, you know the position of trees and other features are correct to centimeter level accuracy. This means it's good to prepare prescription spraying missions from. 


GPS, Size of area and frequency of spraying 

Basically , the more you spray in general the more important precision becomes, because the cost of any inaccuracy increases proportionally to how often you're spraying. Especially if ‘GPS’ (GNSS) is known to be relatively weak on your property, you will be more likely to be slightly overspraying or under spraying since the spray drone may not maintain its route spacing and or height as well. This GNSS accuracy affects every drone and make , since 99% of drones determine their position based on satellite connections . GNSS accuracy is a contingency on every property, but is pretty good in many areas of Australia compared to some other countries. 


Using RTK in conjunction with a mapping drone  

If you have a RTK mapping drone such as the M3M, you can produce a high resolution map, view it on your PC then shade-in specific areas of the map to spray - you then save the map and put it into your T50 RC to execute the mission as a prescription spraying mission rather than a blanket spraying mission. You will need an RTK base station to do this since the spray drone needs to know precisely where the clump of e.g. blackberry is otherwise it will head out and spray e.g. 2m to the side of the clump of blackberry.  

To take things further, the M3M has a regular camera and a multispectral camera meaning you can create NDVI maps that show where there are variances in health across your crop, and then automatically prepare a variable spray rate mission for your T50. See the M3M page for more information on this. 

If you're planning to be a contract sprayer (spraying on other peoples properties for an income), it's very likely you should get the RTK base station and M3M as you will be spraying more often and in a variety of conditions described above which you will need to be prepared for in advance.

Whereas if you are using the T50 on your own property, and on a more casual basis, you may not see the need for RTK or mapping drone. you can always add these later if you are initially unsure. The DFH team will always be ready to help by asking the right questions to help you decide.


★ What licencing is required to fly a spray drone


CASA Drone licenses


Flying a spray drone, such as the T50 and T25, entails two essential licenses and one optional certification:


Remote Pilot Licence (0-7 kg RePL):

The RePL is indispensable for drone pilots as it imparts fundamental knowledge and regulations essential for safe drone operations. It covers the basics of flying drones and ensures compliance with aviation rules.


Type Rating:

A Type Rating is necessary for operating aircraft weighing over 25kg. Given the T50 has a minimum weight of 39.9kg and the T25 is 25.4kg, they both mandate a Type Rating. Despite similarities between predecessors (T40 and T10), each model requires a separate Type Rating according to CASA rules. Type Ratings are not interchangeable. For instance, if you own both a T50 and T25 drone, you will need a different Type Rating for both. 


Optional: Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operator's Certificate (ReOC):

If intending to undertake contract work with the T50 or T25, obtaining an ReOC is necessary. This certificate allows individuals or businesses to operate drones commercially under specific regulations.


In summary, an RePL and a Type Rating are mandatory for flying the T50 and T25, while a ReOC is optional - its for commercial contract work / work not done on your own property. 



★ Other useful material


Droplet size and drift study report for DJI T40 & T50: download here.


Manufacturer declaration for certified nozzle: download here.


MSDS sheet for DJI Agras T50 battery: download here.










Last updated by Nick S. on 12/04/2024



Drones For Hire (DFH) is a DJI Agriculture Authorised Service Center (ASC) and authorised dealer. DFH has multiple staff certified as official DJI Academy Certified Agras Instructors & DJI Certified Agras Repair Technicians. 


DJI Authorized Service Centers in Australia: https://www.dji.com/au/service/repair/centers

DJI service center in Australia


DJI agras authorisation

Please contact us to request this via email




Drones For Hire (DFH) is a DJI Agriculture Authorised Service Center (ASC) and authorised dealer.


Drones For Hire (DFH) is a DJI Agriculture Authorised Service Center (ASC) and authorised dealer.




Last updated by Nick S. on 25/03/2024

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Last updated by Nick S. on 05/03/2024

Hi all, we have been super busy with DJI T40 demonstrations and customer setups since the units arrive in late 2022. Please see a variety of images and videos below and please feel free to reach out with any questions or for a list of upcoming demo dates and locations. Thanks to AJ, Simpko, Oscar, Damo and Danny for all your hard work to get these days organized and executed. As a team we have learned a lot about the system in the past few months and feel very confident in addressing customer questions regarding spraying and spreading methods, prescription mapping, Terra , NDVI, nozzle types and just about everything. We have also stipped down a T40 in order to understand its components and inner workings more thoroughly.



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Last updated by Nick S. on 19/12/2023


Elevate your projects with our cutting-edge drone rental service. Whether you're a professional photographer, farmer, or an enthusiast, our advanced drone fleet is ready for you. Enjoy affordable rental packages, fast delivery, and versatile applications in agriculture, construction, events, and beyond. We simplify drone rental, allowing you to focus on your mission. Explore our latest fleet below and elevate your projects today with our premium drone rental service.






Last updated by Nick S. on 08/12/2023

Introducing the DJI Relay, a powerful accessory to enhance your drone's capabilities. Whether you're in agriculture, surveying, or any industry that demands precise positioning and data transmission, the DJI Relay has you covered.


Key Features:

High Precision Positioning: The DJI Relay utilizes RTK (Real-Time Kinematic) technology to provide centimetre-level positioning accuracy for compatible DJI drones. This level of precision is essential for applications like surveying, mapping, and precision agriculture.


Multi-GNSS Compatibility: Equipped with support for multiple global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) including GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and Galileo, the DJI Relay ensures accuracy and reliability in positioning data.


Rapid Initialization: The RTK system in the DJI Relay allows for fast satellite signal acquisition and rapid initialization, enabling your drone to achieve high precision immediately after startup.


Long Baseline Flexibility: Some RTK Base Stations offer support for long baseline distances, providing flexibility in setting up the base station in various environments, including challenging terrains.


Data Logging and Real-time Correction: The DJI Relay is capable of logging positioning data for post-processing and analysis. Additionally, it can transmit correction data to your drone in real-time, ensuring accurate positioning during flight.


User-Friendly Setup: DJI designed the Relay with ease of use in mind. It comes with an intuitive interface and can be quickly set up in the field, saving you time and effort.


Seamless Integration: The DJI Relay is compatible with specific DJI drone models, ensuring seamless integration and optimal performance. It works in tandem with the drone's RTK-enabled receiver for precise positioning.


Built-in Communication: Some versions of the DJI Relay feature built-in communication modules like 4G or OcuSync, allowing for remote operation and data transmission without the need for additional external devices.


Weather Resistant: Designed to withstand various weather conditions, the DJI Relay ensures reliable operation in different environments, ensuring your drone can perform even in challenging weather.


Elevate your drone's capabilities with the DJI Relay. Experience cm-level accuracy and seamless data transmission for your most demanding applications.


Standard rental package "dry hire" includes:


1 x DJI  Relay standard inclusions 


Item

1 day

3 days

7 days

14 days

30 days

Standard rental package above

250.00

320.00

590.00

950.00

1500.00

Figures are Ex. GST. Rental terms and conditions apply. Security deposit required. 


The shipping fee in Australia for this item is about $35 each way on average, sent via Toll or Australia Post if preferred. Overnight express also available as needed. Note that the shipping duration (days in transit) are not included as billable days in your hire agreement. 



Contact the DFH Head office on [email protected] or 1300 029 829 for more information, availability, and pick up / drop off arrangements. 


3 Requirements to dry-hire  


(1) A security deposit

About 80% of the retail value of the equipment new. Can be paid via regular bank transfer or as a hold/freeze for the on your credit card for the deposit amount.   

(2) Public Liability (PL) Insurance

Required in case of third party property damage or injury. You will need a Certificate of Currency showing Drones for Hire listed as an 'interested party' (since DFH is the owner of the equipment).   

Note that 'hull' insurance (covers costs associated with repairs / replacement of  the drone itself), is  not mandatory since we take a security deposit. You may choose to have your own hull insurance so you are covered in case there is a crash / theft and DFH needs to retain some of the security deposit for repairs (parts and labour) or replacement.

(3) A Drone licence  

You / the drone pilot, will need a CASA drone Licence (RePL) and to be listed as a pilot under a CASA Operators Certificate (ReOC). Note the insurance companies usually require an RePL and ReOC so you will likely have these already if you have PL insurance (point 2 above). 


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Last updated by Nick S. on 08/12/2023

This is DJI's RTK system (similar to a Trimble GNSS receiver), for cm-level accuracy spraying. Without this, the Agras can drift off course by about 1-2 m as it moves along its Field Plan. Compatible with the T40, T30, T10, P4M, P4R.



Main features includes:


High Precision Positioning: RTK (Real-Time Kinematic) technology provides centimeter-level positioning accuracy for compatible DJI drones. This is crucial for applications like surveying, mapping, and precision agriculture.


Dual-Frequency GNSS: RTK Base Stations usually support multiple global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) including GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and Galileo. Dual-frequency GNSS enhances the accuracy and reliability of the positioning data.


Fast and Accurate Initialization: RTK systems enable rapid satellite signal acquisition and fast initialization times, allowing the drone to achieve high precision quickly after powering on.


Long Baseline Support: Some RTK Base Stations support long baseline distances, allowing flexibility in setting up the base station in various environments, especially in challenging terrains.


Data Logging and Transmission: RTK Base Stations often have the capability to log positioning data for post-processing and analysis. They can also transmit correction data to the drone in real-time for accurate positioning during flight.


Easy Setup and Operation: DJI RTK Base Stations are designed for user-friendly setup and operation. They typically come with intuitive interfaces and can be set up quickly in the field.


Compatibility: RTK Base Stations are compatible with specific DJI drone models, ensuring seamless integration and optimal performance. They work in tandem with the drone's RTK-enabled receiver for precise positioning.


Built-in Communication Options: Some RTK Base Stations feature built-in communication modules such as 4G or OcuSync, enabling remote operation and data transmission without the need for additional external devices.



Weather Resistance: RTK Base Stations are often designed to withstand various weather conditions, ensuring reliable operation in different environments.


Standard rental package "dry hire" includes:


1 x DJI  RTK Base Station and Tripod standard inclusions 



Item

1 day

3 days

7 days

14 days

30 days

Standard rental package above

250.00

420.00

790.00

1400.00

2500.00

Figures are Ex. GST. Rental terms and conditions apply. Security deposit required. 


The estimated shipping fee each way in Australia for this item is as below, sent via Toll or Australia Post if preferred. Overnight express also available as needed. Note that the shipping duration (days in transit) are not included as billable days in your hire agreement:

Sydney - Canberra ~ $129

Sydney - Melbourne ~ $151

Sydney - Brisbane/Sunshine Coast ~ $177

Sydney - Adelade ~ $204

Sydney - Perth ~ $382

Sydney - Darwin ~ $391

Sydney - Hobart ~ $N/A

Contact the DFH Head office on [email protected] or 1300 029 829 for more information, availability, and pick up / drop off arrangements. 


3 Requirements to dry-hire  


(1) A security deposit

About 80% of the retail value of the equipment new. Can be paid via regular bank transfer or as a hold/freeze for the on your credit card for the deposit amount.   

(2) Public Liability (PL) Insurance

Required in case of third party property damage or injury. You will need a Certificate of Currency showing Drones for Hire listed as an 'interested party' (since DFH is the owner of the equipment).   

Note that 'hull' insurance (covers costs associated with repairs / replacement of  the drone itself), is  not mandatory since we take a security deposit. You may choose to have your own hull insurance so you are covered in case there is a crash / theft and DFH needs to retain some of the security deposit for repairs (parts and labour) or replacement.

(3) A Drone licence  

You / the drone pilot, will need a CASA drone Licence (RePL) and to be listed as a pilot under a CASA Operators Certificate (ReOC). Note the insurance companies usually require an RePL and ReOC so you will likely have these already if you have PL insurance (point 2 above). 


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Last updated by Nick S. on 08/12/2023

Very handy for knocking over small jobs that are missed by the boom / crop duster such as sections of blackberry in gully's, steep areas, fence lines etc. Small, light and easy to carry on and off a ute to get spraying and seeding jobs done fast. No CASA licence needed if on your own land.  Excess floor stock must go. 


The T10 is essentially a smaller-scale version of the T30 – it shares most of the same tech smarts (e.g. uses the same Agras app to fly, same front and rear FPV cameras and same spherical radar system), but has around 1/3 the spray tank capacity. Whilst its called the ‘T10’, the spray tank capacity is actually 8L (where the line is marked on the tank). However it is possible to overfill it to around 9.3L. Interestingly, the T10 can fly with the larger T16 (older model) batteries, taking your flight time from around 8 mins (T10 battery) to around 16 mins (T16 battery). This will however increase the total weight, as will overfilling the spray tank.   But where the elephant fails the mouse succeeds - being smaller that the T30 it is more agile, easier to re-fill and to carry around in general (weighs only 13kg when dry and no battery, and folds up to 30% of its original size). The T10 is generally very good for isolated target areas that utes and tractors cant access or get bogged in after rain – hilly,  rocky or low lying terrain. It can spray 16.5 acres per hour on average (with a dosage of 4.8 L/acre, spraying width of 5 m, speed of 5 m/s, and height of 2 m). The T10 can also carry 12 kg of solid dry particles via the optional spreading system.


Click here to read about the 4 Steps required by CASA to be able to operate a spray drone on your own land in Australia.


Main features includes:


  1. Efficient Spraying: The Agras T10 is equipped with advanced spraying technology, capable of covering large agricultural areas efficiently and precisely.
  2. High Payload Capacity: Designed with a large payload capacity, the T10 can carry a significant amount of liquid for spraying, reducing the need for frequent refills during operations.
  3. Modular Design: The drone features a modular design, making it easy to replace parts and perform maintenance, ensuring minimal downtime and maximizing operational efficiency.
  4. Intelligent Operation: Offers intelligent flight planning and control features, allowing users to plan spray routes, set flight parameters, and monitor the operation in real-time for precise and targeted spraying.
  5. DJI Agriculture Management Platform: Integrates with the DJI Agriculture Management Platform, providing a comprehensive solution for farm management, data analysis, and workflow optimization.
  6. Advanced Sensors: Equipped with high-precision sensors and GPS technology, enabling accurate positioning and obstacle avoidance during flight, ensuring safe and reliable operations.
  7. Variable Spray System: The Agras T10 supports variable-rate spraying, allowing farmers to adjust the spray volume based on specific crop needs, optimizing the use of pesticides and fertilizers.
  8. Customizable Nozzle Configurations: Offers customizable nozzle configurations, allowing users to adapt the spraying system to different types of crops and field conditions for optimal coverage and effectiveness.
  9. Long Flight Time: Provides a long flight time per battery charge, allowing the drone to cover extensive areas in a single flight, reducing the need for frequent battery swaps.
  10. Dustproof and Waterproof Design: Designed to withstand challenging agricultural environments, the Agras T10 features a dustproof and waterproof design, ensuring durability and reliability in various weather conditions.
  11. Remote Controller with Integrated Display: Comes with a dedicated remote controller featuring an integrated display, providing real-time telemetry data and live video feed, enhancing the operator's situational awareness.


Considering Ownership After Rental


If you've been enjoying your rental drone, here's an opportunity to make it a permanent part of your gear. Once your rental period is complete, you can choose to purchase the rental drone and save the waiting time for its arrival.


Drone Specs:


For detailed specifications and additional information, please visit the DJI Agras T10 web page.


Standard rental package "dry hire" includes:


1 x DJI Agras T10 standard inclusions 

2 x extra battery (3 in total)



Item

7 days

14 days

30 days

Standard rental package above

2190.00

4090.00

7580.00

Figures are Ex. GST. Rental terms and conditions apply. Security deposit required. Extra batteries available for an additional fee.


The estimated shipping fee each way in Australia for this item is as below, sent via Toll or Australia Post if preferred. Overnight express also available as needed. Note that the shipping duration (days in transit) are not included as billable days in your hire agreement:

Sydney - Canberra ~ $101 

Sydney - Melbourne ~ $101

Sydney - Brisbane/Sunshine Coast ~ $101

Sydney - Adelade ~ $97

Sydney - Perth ~ $145

Sydney - Darwin ~ $160 

Sydney - Hobart ~ $206 


Contact the DFH Head office on [email protected] or 1300 029 829 for more information, availability, and pick up / drop off arrangements. 


3 Requirements to dry-hire  


(1) A security deposit

About 80% of the retail value of the equipment new. Can be paid via regular bank transfer or as a hold/freeze for the on your credit card for the deposit amount.   

(2) Public Liability (PL) Insurance

Required in case of third party property damage or injury. You will need a Certificate of Currency showing Drones for Hire listed as an 'interested party' (since DFH is the owner of the equipment).   

Note that 'hull' insurance (covers costs associated with repairs / replacement of  the drone itself), is  not mandatory since we take a security deposit. You may choose to have your own hull insurance so you are covered in case there is a crash / theft and DFH needs to retain some of the security deposit for repairs (parts and labour) or replacement.

(3) A Drone licence  

You / the drone pilot, will need a CASA drone Licence (RePL) and to be listed as a pilot under a CASA Operators Certificate (ReOC). Note the insurance companies usually require an RePL and ReOC so you will likely have these already if you have PL insurance (point 2 above). 


Rental Enquiry Form