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A sprayer for this century
Market studies show that the
fastest growing sprayer size is the 1,000-gallon sprayer. Since Hagie already
makes two different 1,000-gallon sprayers, you’d think the market was covered.
But Hagie’s recent introduction of the STX10 tells another story.
“There was a customer
segment we weren’t reaching with our current models, the DTS10 and STS10,” says
Jim Williams, Hagie product marketing engineer.
The DTS10 was a lightweight,
nimble sprayer with very low ground compaction, but the twin-tank design and
dated styling turned many buyers away. The STS10 – a rugged, robust machine –
had multipurpose capabilities and extra weight, two qualities that were
unacceptable for some.
“What we needed was a
lightweight sprayer that was nimble, had one tank, was a sprayer only, and had
twenty-first century styling,” says Williams. “The goal was to build a
1,000-gallon sprayer that didn’t feel like a big sprayer but had many
big-sprayer features and comforts. It had to be light with low ground
compaction, high ground clearance, and simple – always keeping cost in
The result was the STX10.
While this machine’s looks
may not be what you’re used to, Williams says the innovations and capabilities
you’ve come to expect from Hagie are all there.
“The STX10 introduces a new
boom-pivoting design separating the movement from the chassis to the boom. The
boom design is completely new, as well,” says Williams. “The new design
utilizes horizontal-style folding, and a new routing channel reduces
obstructions and increases visibility when the boom is folded for transport.”
A 60/80 boom is standard, as
well as left and right fence row nozzles. A 60/90 boom option is available.
Designed like today’s
combines, the STX10 features composite panels that cover the entire body.
Panels direct engine airflow to reduce buildup of debris on the inlet screens,
which keeps the engine cool during late-season applications.
Customers will see
improvements not only on the outside of the sprayer but also on the inside.
“The cab is the best we’ve ever designed, with an abundance of room for the operator. The air-ride seat has seven different adjustments and a ride that puts it at the top of its class. The hydrostatic handle is custom-designed for fingertip control while providing ergonomic comfort,” he says.
Williams says the sprayer
will be competitively priced and is available for the 2011 model year in
limited production. Full production is scheduled for 2012. To learn more, call
800/247-4885 or visit www.hagie.com.