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MachineryJournal: Expansion Provides a Wider Reach

December 8, 2012
By: Margy Eckelkamp, Director of Content Development, Machinery Pete
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Apache Plus II  
 
 

Since 1997, Equipment Technologies has had one focus: to manufacture Apache self-propelled sprayers. In the past decades, the company has doubled its business every three years. In October, it set a new record of 70 sprayers built in a month.

The momentum is due to the company widening its attention to other areas of the application business. In April 2010, Equipment Technologies launched SpraySmarter.com, an online application parts store. One year later, the company purchased 100 acres just a half-mile from its factory in Mooresville, Ind. That site features the new 60,000-sq.-ft. ET Ag Center, the hub for SpraySmarter.com as well as Equipment Technologies’ testing and training. As a result, the  company has reorganized into two divisions: Apache Sprayer and ET Ag Center.

"There are many ways to define innovation, but for this company, it means simple ways to  improve the value proposition. Our goal is to provide the greatest value to our customers," says Matt Hays, CEO of Equipment Technologies.

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The ET Ag Center is the hub for SpraySmarter.com as well as the training center for Apache sprayers. It includes dedicated areas for field testing.


New facility. The company aims to provide programs that dealers need in the field. Four application specialists travel the country to host spray clinics.

"We are looking to combine equipment, parts and training to be the thought leader in application. The ET Ag Center is a facility where we can deliver training at a facility conducive to learning. In addition, we’re adding capacity to our parts business and more space for research, development and testing," Hays says.

The building features three classrooms, one of which is a precision ag lab with 23 stations that offer hands-on training with Trimble and Raven precision ag components. A full-size gymnasium doubles as an indoor training space and is large enough for a sprayer with a 120' boom fully extended.

High-tech support. Today, 70% of Apache sprayers leave the factory with precision ag components. Equipment Technologies is the only manufacturer able to factory-install Trimble and Raven precision ag components.

SpraySmarter.com leverages the purchasing power Equipment Technologies has with its manufacturing division. The online store has grown beyond just the Apache brand and now carries a wide variety of application parts.

Powerful sprayers. With updated features and Power to the Ground (PTG) technology, the 2013 lineup of Apache sprayers was recently introduced by Equipment Technologies. PTG technology delivers 98% of the engine’s horsepower to the sprayer’s wheels. All Apache AS1025 models come with a 173-hp Cummins Tier 4 Interim engine with exhaust gas recirculation and a variable-geometry turbocharger. Models AS720, AS1020 and AS1220 are powered by Cummins Tier 3 engines. The Plus II Package boosts the machine’s horsepower to 275 hp and is available on the AS1020 and AS1220 models.

All-New Combine and Updates Under the Hood

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Challenger MT755D Tractor

Outfitting its machinery with improved power options, Challenger introduces new models to its MT700D Series tractors and 500C Series combines.

The Challenger MT700D Series includes two models: MT675D, rated at 285 PTO/350 engine hp, and MT755D, rated at 260 PTO/327 engine hp. Both are outfitted with AGCO Power 8.4-liter diesel engines that are Tier 4 Interim compliant, with AGCO e3 clean-air technology that varies the diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) rate based on real-time emission measurements. The engine features a single-piece, cast-iron block with wet cylinder liners. This enables the engine to handle high-horsepower loads without overheating and extends its service life. Four valves per cylinder, improved fuel regulation and combustion from a new pump and injectors, along with increased common rail pressure and Sisu electronic controls, help maximize engine efficiency.

The Challenger Mobil-trac five-axle undercarriage system, with oscillating midwheels, minimizes compaction while maximizing traction and pulling power to work efficiently in demanding environments. Standard polyurethane midwheels provide longer life in abrasive environments and heavy transport. Gauge settings range from 72" to 160", in addition to a wide selection of track widths. With 110 cu. ft. of space, the new cab provides top-notch visibility and comfort and enhances the smooth Mobil-trac ride. Other features include a 59 gal. per minute (gpm) hydraulic pump option and 37 gpm flow per hydraulic remote to provide the hydraulic capacity needed for large planters and tillage equipment.

p58 Machinery Journal Challenger 500C Combine

Challenger 500C Combine

More harvesting power. The new 500C Series combines include two models, the 540C (Class 7) and 560C (Class 8), MachineryJournal Written by Margy Fischer All-New Combine and Updates Under the Hood that offer 350-bu. bin capacity and a peak unloading rate of 4.5 bu. per second. To improve harvesting power, the engine has been turned 90°. The 500C Series is outfitted with AGCO Power 9.8-liter, seven-cylinder diesel engines with AGCO e3 technology that uses DEF. At 2,100 rpm, the 540C has a rating of 370 hp with an unloading boost of 426 hp. The 560C is rated at 460 hp with an unloading boost of 502 hp. The new engine alignment also makes room for the V-Cool cooling system, which draws air into the system from the top of the combine. The variable-speed, reversing fan blows chaff and dirt off the inlet screen.

The combines feature an all-new multizone crop inlet that improves capacity and control of crop material in the segmented rotor and concave sections. The redesigned threshing system includes 12 modular concave sections, which allows one person to change out the individual sections. Consistent threshing is delivered by the new H-frame-designed concave support system, which keeps concaves concentric with the rotor throughout the adjustment range, and also includes a unique suspension system to allow large "slugs" of material to pass through without plugging or   damage. Challenger 500C Series combines are guidance-ready from the factory. Options include AgCam cameras and LED lights.

For more information, visit your local Challenger dealer or www.challenger-ag.com.

Watch a video of the new 2013 Apache sprayer models, including details about the Plus II machines. www.FarmJournal.com/Apache

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FEATURED IN: Farm Journal - December 2012

 
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