Special features of the new SPX 4260 Patriot sprayer from Case IH range from improved ergonomics in the cab to the latest agronomics at the boom.
The most notable upgrade is a cab adapted from the company's Steiger 4-wd tractors. It gives the operator increased visibility through 67 sq. ft. of glass. The seat features air-ride suspension to make the long hours of application less exhausting. An optional trainer seat is also available to improve training for new operators.
The steering wheel also is built for operator comfort, with both tilt and telescoping functions. The console is a modified version of the control console found in Case's Axial-Flow combines.
A new air filter on the sprayer exceeds requirements for particulate reduction and vapor absorption, making the cab safe for operators. The cab meets the rigid requirements for ASAE S525 certification that exempts applicators from wearing personal protective equipment while in the cab.
Operators can now fill the main tank, rinse tank and soap tank all from one location on the left side of the sprayer. Company officials claim that the new 3-in. hose can fill a 1,200-gal. tank in approximately 10 min. Operators can transfer water from the rinse tank into the soap tank by simply transferring the water and adding a few pumps of soap. A storage locker includes an instruction decal, located inside its door, for the service center.
Managing droplet size
Another major improvement on the SPX 4260 sprayer is the Ag Information Manager (AIM) Command system. “The AIM Command spray system manages droplet size by varying pressure independent of speed or flow [with] the pulse-width modulation technology,” explains Karen Meuwissen, manager of marketing and after-market support, Case IH application equipment. Effectively managing droplet size leads to better drift management and better field applications.
With the AIM Command option comes the Combo-Rate nozzle body system from Wilger. The Combo-Rate system allows applicators to switch among three different nozzles in about 5 min.
The SPX 4260 Patriot sprayer houses a Case 8.3L turbocharged engine rated at 260 hp, a 160-gal. fuel tank and either a 60/80-ft. combo boom or a 60/90-ft. boom. Application speed is usually from 12 to 14 mph, and road speed for the sprayer is 30 to 32 mph.
Suggested retail price is $195,000, plus $11,000 for the AIM Command system. Contact Case Corp., Dept. FIN, 260 Hwy. 12 S.E., Benson, MN 56215, 800/328-9128, www.caseih.com or circle 196.