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Deere Launches New Variable-Rate Applicator

Since revealing the machine at an event in August 2015, John Deere’s new F4365 High Capacity Nutrient Applicator has been tested and is ready to help growers be more efficient with their lime and fertilizer applications. 

“We’ve improved the overall durability, ride quality, and operation of this machine, and have extended service intervals to make service and maintenance easier—all to increase uptime in the field,” says Dave Mulder, John Deere Crop Care product manager.

Knowing a good thing when it sees it, Deere has equipped the new applicator with a 330-cubic-foot New Leader dry spinner spreader. The New Leader technology helps the applicator to apply fertilizer at 1,100 pounds per acre and lime at 6,600 pounds per acre. Another perk? This machine can multitask.

“Service providers and large-scale producers can cover more acres faster – and in greater comfort – with the ability to variable-rate apply up to four different fertilizers in a single pass,” Mulder says.

To be as accurate as possible with spreader widths of 60 to 90 feet, the machines are set up with JDLink Connect with Service Advisor Remote and Wireless Data Transfer. AgLogic is also available if the grower desires.

Each F4365 can manage applications at 30 mph and can hit 46 mph on the road on the way home. There’s no reckless driving, though, as this machine offers added cameras for better operator visibility and has an improved swiveling seat. Farmers should have a pretty clear view of the field, dry box, and the rear spreader pattern from the machine’s comfortable CommandView III cab.

“We’ve designed the F4365 to be the best-in-class high-capacity nutrient applicator in terms of performance and productivity in the field,” says Mulder.

A John Deere PowerTech PSS 9-liter engine and IVT transmission powers the new applicators. Operators will enjoy a Generation 4 CommandCenter Display with SpreadStar, AutoTrac, and Section Control, as well.

The F4365 High Capacity Nutrient Applicator has a base list price of $352,261. Customers can start ordering the applicator in September, and machines will ship in time for the fall 2017 spreading season.

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