COMPANIES INTRODUCING new sprayers to the market this winter and spring will find a captive audience with soybean producers. Asian soybean rust has heightened growers' interest in purchasing a sprayer to handle fungicide application should rust show up in their fields. Here's a look at some new sprayers and nozzles.
A new Patriot sprayer is now available from Case IH. The SPX3310 Patriot features a balanced footprint in the field with its engine shifted to the rear and the product tank in the middle. This achieves equal weight distribution between the front and rear axles when loaded.
“The new Case IH SPX3310 sprayer can get into wet field conditions sooner than competing sprayers with only 800-gal. product tanks because its weight is better balanced for a more even footprint across the field,” explains Ken Lehmann, Case IH Application Equipment. The new sprayer is equipped with a 120-gal. fuel tank that allows operation for 10 hours without refueling. A 5.9-liter, 200-hp engine powers it, and a 1,000-gal. stainless steel product tank also is available.
The engine is separated from the cab, reducing noise and allowing more efficient air conditioning. The cab also is quiet because it contains soundproofing materials. It is mounted on rubber to protect it from frame vibrations. The new sprayer may be equipped with the AIM Command to manage the many possible sprayer configurations.
Two new models of the RoGator and one new TerraGator are designed for large-acreage growers and custom applicators. The new RoGator 874 and 1074 models are built with more powerful engines (Cat 3126B diesel) and upgraded product pumps to handle more application rates at faster speeds.
“Simply adding horsepower is not the complete answer,” explains Arnie Sinclair, AGCO Application Equipment. “You have to convert it to actual tractive effort and field efficiency, and these RoGators meet that challenge from one end to the other.”
The RoGator 874, equipped with an 800-gal. tank, offers 250 hp with a power bulge to 275 hp. The 1074 model with a 1,000-gal. tank provides 275 hp and peak power of 299 hp.
The new RoGators are equipped with Sauer/Danfoss hydrostatic pumps with a flow rate of 66 gpm and the new Hypro 9306 pumps for delivering product from 10 to 138 gpm. Prices: $128,855 for the 874, and $134,830 for the 1074.
The new TerraGator 9203 boasts a new 16-speed Cat powershift transmission, 425-hp engine, 27-ton load rating and high-capacity application systems. The 729-cu.-in. Cat C-12 engine produces 425 hp with peak power of 459 hp. The vehicle can carry up to 54,000 lbs. Price: $187,925.
Redball introduces a new line of value-priced sprayers. The company lowered manufacturing costs of the Value-Line sprayers by standardizing the features of the new models. The standard configuration for the top-of-the-line model 570 high-clearance trailer sprayer includes features such as an 850- or 1,200-gal. tank with a long, sloping deep sump; a 60-, 66-, 80-, 88- or 90-ft. front-folding center-pivot boom; rubber torsion (Henschen) boom suspension; and 80- to 120-in. adjustable 10-bolt axles with 320/90R46 rubber tires. The grower price is estimated at $24,000.
Another sprayer in the Value Line is the model 565 trailer sprayer with a 1,000-gal. tank, 60-ft. X-series self-leveling boom and 120-in. axle. Grower price: $15,000. The model 555 high-clearance 3-pt. sprayer with the five options on boom width costs the grower about $18,500. The model 550 3-pt. X-series sprayer is equipped with a 300-gal. tank and 60-ft. X-series self-leveling boom. The estimated grower price is $10,000.
Standard features on all four sprayers include 2-in. Ace hydraulic centrifugal pumps, TeeJet electric ball valves and Raven or TeeJet controllers. Contact Redball LLC, Dept. FIN, 140 30th Ave. S.E., Benson, MN 56215, 877/332-2551, visit www.redballproducts.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin, or circle 202.
Century Products, a division of Hiniker Company, manufactures a trailer sprayer with a mid-mounted rear-fold boom. A gooseneck-style hitch allows the boom to be mid-mounted, which provides a more stable ride for the boom and lets the operator apply at faster field speeds. The booms are equipped with spring-cushioned-boom “touch-down” wheels with auto lift to reduce boom damage and improve spray coverage in rolling terrain.
The sprayers may be purchased with a 1,000- or 1,300-gal. tank and an 80- or 90-ft. boom with full hydraulic fold. The new sprayers also are designed with a shorter wheelbase for better tracking in contours and side hills. Retail prices start at $36,055. Contact Hiniker Co., Dept. FIN, Box 3407, Mankato, MN 56002-3407, 800/433-5620, visit www.hiniker.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin, or circle 203.
NOZZLES FOR RUST TREATMENT
Spraying Systems designed two new TeeJet spray nozzles to spray fungicides for the treatment of Asian soybean rust. The new Turbo TeeJet Duo (TT Duo) nozzle produces a dual flat spray pattern that penetrates canopy better than a single flat spray nozzle does. It also produces larger droplets than other dual spray nozzles do to reduce drift problems. The operating pressure range for the nozzle is 15 to 90 psi, and a 60°, 90° or 120° included angle between spray patterns can be used, depending on tip configuration. Price: $14.33.
The new DG TwinJet nozzle also provides good leaf coverage and canopy penetration for treating soybean rust. The nozzle uses a pre-orifice along with a dual orifice to create two identical flat spray patterns with a 60° included spray angle between them. The nozzle produces finer droplets than the TT Duo does but larger droplets than standard twin-spray nozzles do. The nozzle's operating pressure ranges from 30 to 60 psi. Price: $12.10.