FARM EQUIPMENT REVIEW:POT Feb 07
By Top Crop Manager
Over the last year, dozens of new models and designs of farm machinery have
been introduced by manufacturers. Many of you will have seen these introductions
at farm shows and in various industry announcements – but, can you remember
the details? This feature provides a reference for you. -30-
Peter Darbishire, Editor
While Top Crop Manager editors make every effort to be objective when
reporting on new products, they cannot be held responsible for claims made by
companies. Readers are encouraged to contact the companies for more details.
Tank shape improves visibility
Case IH has introduced the 1000 gallon Patriot sprayer, the SPX3320. The company
also made significant improvements to the SPX4420 Patriot sprayer. The 1000
gallon product tank on the new SPX3320 Patriot sprayer is cone-shaped to improve
rearward visibility. Both the new SPX3320 sprayer and the improved SPX4420 sprayer
feature Case IHÕs cab forward, rear engine configuration, with the product tank
in the middle. This design provides optimum weight distribution and reduces
field rutting, allowing the operator to get in the field earlier.
The redesigned SPX4420 Patriot sprayer is equipped with a new Tier III emission
compliant engine that packs a powerful punch: a Case IH 8.3 litre engine rated
at 290 horsepower, with a peak horsepower rating or 'power bulge' of 310 horsepower
at 2000rpm. Peak torque also has increased to a rating of 1020 foot-pounds at
AIM Command spray technology also is available on both sprayers. The AIM Command
spray system uses pulse width modulation (PWM) technology to uniquely manage
pressure and droplet size independent of speed and rate. By holding a constant
spray pressure, independent of rate and ground speed, it also provides 'on-the-go'
drift control. -30-
Irrigation command remotely
Reinke now has a comprehensive satellite communication monitor and tracking
system for irrigation systems. OnTrac is designed to easily fit any centre pivot
or lateral move irrigation system and uses satellite technology to alert producers
via cell phone, text message, pager, a secure internet web site, landline phone
or e-mail – or a combination of some or all options – when a problem
with the system occurs.
OnTrac's use of satellite technology allows installation in remote areas with
poor or no cellular reception, and eliminates signal reception issues that are
often caused by tall crops, terrain, buildings or equipment. -30-
Transfer pump built for agricultural chemicals
Hypro has introduced a new transfer pump for applications such as tank filling
and chemical transfer. Built with cast iron housing and impeller, it provides
excellent chemical resistance for transferring corrosive chemicals. With flow
rates up to 330 gallons per minute and pressures up to 60psi, the pump is available
in multiple configurations to suit a variety of needs.
For mobile applications, the two inch 6.5 horsepower, three inch 9.0 horsepower
or three inch 13 horsepower PowerPro gas engine-driven models are available
with a low oil sensor to prevent engine seizing. The two inch hydraulic motor-driven
models are ideal for open or closed centre systems. Hypro also offers a two
or three inch pump kit for use with gas engines and electric motors, as well
as a two and three inch pedestal pump version.
The Guardian spray tip from Hypro offers a unique angle in spray tip technology.
The company says it is ideal for insecticide and fungicide applications, with
a 20 degree incline spray pattern which allows users to adjust the spray forward,
rearward or as a twin spray to best suit the application target. -30-