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With more and more farmers
investing in their own sprayer rigs, manufacturers are stepping up the features
in these machines to entice prospective customers.
The AS720, AS1020, and
AS1220 models from Equipment Technologies incorporate engineering and design
refinements that make them more affordable, more reliable, and more rugged than
“The 2011 model year
represents the culmination of years of customer feedback and planning,” says
Paul Nielsen, national sales manager. “It is truly rewarding to see all these
changes come together without compromising what makes the Apache special, and
that is the promise of efficiency and return on investment – doing more with
From the inside out, you’ll
see specific design enhancements on all three 2011 Apache models including:
• Four-point mounted cab.
The cab is fulcrum-mounted at four points. Combine that with a wider stance and
that means a 37.5% reduction in g-forces felt by the operator.
• Visibility and floor
space. Overall floor space is increased by 12%. With the wrap-around glass, you
get an improved view of front wheels as well as a better view of booms.
• Noise reduction. The
engine and exhaust have been moved farther away from you, which results in a 9%
reduction of in-cab noise.
• Cab entry. The rear-hinged
door and larger catwalk make it easier to maneuver in and out of the cab.
• Seating. Because of
increased floor space, new models include a buddy seat for safer learning and
• HVAC and electronics. HVAC
adjustments have been placed in the steering column, and electronics are CAN-ready.
• Transmission. An ITL/JCB
transmission can still be purchased with the AS720. The AS1020 and AS1220 will
feature a ZF transmission, however, which has a lock-up torque converter that
allows for as much as a 26% increase in the ratio of power supplied to power
used compared to 2010 models.
The outside of the machine
also receives a number of enhancements.
• Axle widths. Choose
between a 120-inch fixed axle or an adjustable axle that allows widths from 120
to 160 inches. These new adjustable configurations provide increased options
for a wide variety of row spacings and a wider stance for increased stability.
• Lighting. With a 22%
increase in the number of bulbs compared to last year’s base lighting package,
these machines have better illumination inside and outside the cab.
• Product tank. A custom,
roto-mold tank is contoured to the chassis and no longer uses a tank skid.
• Fill station. The fill
station has an LED lighting system so you can quickly, accurately, and safely
spray day or night.
• Rinse tank. The Apache has
a 100-gallon rinse tank.
Looking to add precision
options to your machine? The company can factory-install a number of products
from Raven including SmarTrax auto-steering, the SCS 5000 application rate
controller, the Envizio Pro or ViperPro field computer, and the AutoBoom and
AccuBoom boom controls.
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