Machinery Journal - March 2018

March 8, 2018 01:24 PM
Machinery Journal - March 2018

Lightweight and Compact Sprayer from Apache

Billed as the most affordable self-propelled sprayer in the industry, the Apache AS630 is compact and agile with a wheelbase of 13'8" and a turning radius of 17'2". At just 16,900 lb., it is the lightest self-propelled sprayer made by Equipment Technologies.

Under the hood, the sprayer has a four-speed JCB Powershift transmission and a Tier 4F 168-hp Cummins engine with a top speed of 32 mph.

The AS630 features a 650-gal. tank and an ACE hydraulically-driven centrifugal product pump. Boom options include 90' or 60'/90' straight ET custom booms or a straight 100' Pommier boom. Depending on tires, crop clearance can reach 42" to 48". Axle width is 90" or 120" fixed.

The AS630 features a 360°-view cab. Precision application equipment includes Raven Viper 4 , Hawkeye, AccuBoom, AutoBoom and RS-1 Protective Steering.

For more information, visit or an Apache sprayer dealer.

Case IH Rolls Out a Variety of New Equipment and Technology

The 4400 series corn header lineup is expanding to include narrow row (20" and 22") configurations. The lightweight header, up to 2,000 lb. less than competitive models, floats just above the ground to reduce compaction. For the first time, power is driven from the gearboxes in the center of the header and split equally to the right and left side of the header. From there, separate drive lines power the row units and choppers, which provides more efficient power flow and additional protection to the drive lines. Updated stalk roll spiral patterns handle a wider range of stalk diameters and stalk health. Row guide sensors help the row unit stay centered on the rows, reduce overall ear bounce and grain loss and provide more efficient picking.

Case IH is expanding its line of fertilizer applicators with the Nutri-Placer 940 High-Speed Low Disturbance (HSLD) row unit. The applicator is capable of speeds up to 11 mph and places nutrients up to 6" deep in the root zone. Models range from 50' to 65' widths and feature cast-iron components. They also include the new 22.6" single-coulter-blade design to cut through residue with minimal disturbance. Additional new features include five-section flex for ground contouring, triple-fold transport modes and 30" row spacing.

AFS Soil Command, the first seedbed quality monitoring technology, will be available on the Tiger-Mate 255 field cultivator for spring 2019. Factory-integrated seedbed sensors are strategically mounted to shank assemblies. The sensors monitor each time the shank begins to trip or float, alerting the operator to an uneven seedbed floor. The AFS Pro 700 display and interface allow operators to make adjustments on ISOBUS-VT-compliant displays.

The L10 series premium loaders feature new styling that provides better visibility, efficient, flow-optimized hydraulics and fast mount and dismount (30 to 60 seconds). A chamfered and embossed arm design increases strength and cast and forged components add more strength at critical stress points. The six models in the L10 series are designed for Farmall, Maxxum, Puma and Magnum tractors. A full range of attachments, from grapples to buckets to bale spears, are available.

For more details, visit or a local dealer.

Kinze Releases Tillage Series and Planter Updates

A first for Kinze Manufacturing, the Mach Till is built for high speed (8 to 12 mph) and deep working depth while providing flotation to minimize soil compaction. Featuring four models (201, 261, 331 and 401), the Mach Till is described as a hybrid horizontal tillage tool, not a vertical tillage tool. Hybrid horizontal tillage combines the features of conventional disks, vertical tillage and soil finishing products into one tool. The tillage tool cuts and throws the soil at an angle to avoid creating a smear or compaction layer, then mixes the soil and residue together. The corrugated rubber roller on the back of the machine sheds soil and breaks up larger clods.

In addition, Kinze has released four updates to their planter equipment and technology:

  • Blue Vantage is a high-definition 12" screen that offers diagnostics, mapping and graphics. It takes only three clicks between turning it on and being ready to plant. It comes with a tablet dock and USB ports.
  • Blue Drive integrates with Blue Vantage to analyze data. Benefits include curve compensation to reduce under- or overplanting and Ethernet. Blue Vantage and Blue Drive will be available on Kinze’s 3660 and 4900 planters for 2019.
  • True Depth is a row-by-row active control with down and up force. It will be available on 4900 16- and 20-row models push and pull units with single valve control. Availability has yet to be announced.
  • Brush Meter 2.0 features a lightweight, impact-resistant design and quick change seed disks. The meter, which can be disassembled without tools, will fit Kinze 3000 and 4000 planter row units and be available for 2019.

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Salford Offers Fertilizer Applicator for Planters and Expands Air Boom Lineup

The Ferti-GO 4S, a planter-mounted, granular fertilizer applicator, features a single product hopper, variable-rate metering and four-section control. The hopper has a standard capacity of 4 tons and a 6-ton optional capacity. The metering system, paired with the Venturi Air Manifold System, is easy to use and clean and has a range of application rates. The Ferti-GO 4S comes rate-control ready with metering, fan speed sensors, PWM flow control and bin-level sensing.

The 60' row crop air boom for Salford’s 8700 pull-type applicator features outlets on 30" centers and new air flow technology for left and right section control. The boom width and axle spacing match 24-row planters. The bifold booms feature 7' spring-loaded breakaway tips on each side and in-cab hydraulic controls for folding and pitch adjustment. The 8700 has an 8- or 11-ton hopper. A secondary hopper gated partition, and metering, is optional. Salford’s air boom applicators are ISOBUS compatible and available with variable-rate and section control systems.

The Salford-Valmar 6700 is the only aftermarket chassis mounted air boom applicator. For now, it is available for John Deere 4930, 4940 and R4045 chassis. Hydraulic folding breakaway tips protect the 60' boom. The pitch of the left and right sections can be independently adjusted from the cab. Other features include 30" row crop spacing, PWM valves to control the chain mesh conveyors and roller motors, left hand and right hand section control, full swath variable rate and ISOBUS or third-party controller compatibility.

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