In­creased power, greater trac­tion, more ef­fi­ciency

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Ag Life -

Em­metts has just spent the last few weeks run­ning demo’s of the new R4060 John Deere sprayer through the Wim­mera and the Mallee. This week it will be at the Paskeville Field Days in South Aus­tralia on the Yorke Penin­sula. John Deere is ex­pand­ing the top end of its 4-Se­ries Sprayers with the in­tro­duc­tion of its big­gest sprayer yet – the 6,057L R4060 Sprayer with the new Com­mand­drive™ pow­er­train. In ad­di­tion, the ex­ist­ing R4045 Sprayer will come stan­dard with Com­mand­drive be­gin­ning with Model Year 2020. Com­mand­drive is a new hy­dro­static all­wheel-drive pow­er­train that trans­fers more power to the ground while of­fer­ing im­proved trac­tion, fuel ef­fi­ciency and a qui­eter ride for the op­er­a­tor. These two sprayers are de­signed for large, broad-acre crop­ping sys­tems and high-vol­ume ap­pli­ca­tions. “This new pow­er­train will help farm­ers and ag ser­vice providers cover more acres quickly and ef­fi­ciently,” Lind­sey Pol­lock, prod­uct man­ager for sprayers for John Deere, said. “We know time is of­ten the crit­i­cal fac­tor in most field ap­pli­ca­tions, no mat­ter the crop or sea­son, with very tight ap­pli­ca­tion win­dows. The R4060 and re­designed R4045 can help op­er­a­tors tra­verse wide-rang­ing field con­di­tions and hilly ter­rain in or­der to make ac­cu­rate ap­pli­ca­tions faster and more com­fort­ably than be­fore.” Com­mand­drive is an in­tel­li­gent pow­er­train that uses a sin­gle hy­dro­static pump to power all four vari­able-dis­place­ment wheel mo­tors. If one or more wheels lose trac­tion, the sys­tem ad­justs to slow the slip­ping wheels and di­rects more flow to the other wheels with trac­tion in or­der to power the sprayer over the ter­rain. The pow­er­train helps the sprayer more eas­ily han­dle hills, soft soil, and other con­di­tions where ad­di­tional trac­tion is needed. In ad­di­tion, Com­mand­drive works in tan­dem with the en­gine and en­tire sprayer sys­tem to au­to­mat­i­cally in­crease RPMS when more power is needed and to main­tain proper spray­ing. With the pow­er­train’s Auto Mode set­ting, op­er­a­tors can main­tain se­lected ground speed and ap­pli­ca­tion rate at lower en­gine RPMS, while the Auto Idle set­ting re­duces the en­gine’s RPM to 900 when the ma­chine is stopped. Both func­tions help re­duce fuel/ DEF con­sump­tion and pro­vide a qui­eter cab for the op­er­a­tor. Both sprayers come equipped with a multi-func­tion hy­dro han­dle with six cus­tomis­able con­trol but­tons, al­low­ing the op­er­a­tor to eas­ily se­lect and con­trol the most com­mon op­er­at­ing func­tions. Head­land Man­age­ment Sys­tem also is in­cluded, which takes the work out of mak­ing head­land turns by re­sum­ing au­to­mated func­tions, such as Au­to­trac™ and Boom­trac™ Pro, and stop­ping and start­ing spray ap­pli­ca­tions.

Au­to­trac Vi­sion and Rowsense™ are op­tional tech­nolo­gies that help keep the sprayers track­ing ac­cu­rately through fields dur­ing the grow­ing sea­son. The Ex­ac­tap­ply™ noz­zle con­trol tech­nol­ogy gives op­er­a­tors the abil­ity to main­tain con­sis­tent droplet size and pat­tern at dif­fer­ent speeds across the en­tire width of the boom, while re­duc­ing the po­ten­tial for over­laps, skips and drift. The op­tional Mo­bile Weather fea­ture gives op­er­a­tors the abil­ity to doc­u­ment weather, soil and field con­di­tions as they move across a field.

All Model Year 2020 sprayers now come stan­dard with an ex­panded Pre­ci­sion Ag in­tel­li­gence pack­age. In ad­di­tion to the ex­ist­ing in­te­gra­tion of Gen­er­a­tion 4 Com­mand­cen­ter Dis­plays, Au­to­trac and doc­u­men­ta­tion, cus­tomers now get Jdlink™ with five years of con­nected ser­vice. Jdlink en­ables the ma­chine to eas­ily and se­curely trans­fer data ac­cord­ing to the cus­tomer’s needs, and for cus­tomers to mon­i­tor ma­chine per­for­mance re­motely. This ex­panded set of stan­dard in­tel­li­gence fea­tures en­ables cus­tomers to more eas­ily re­al­ize the value of a con­nected ma­chine. “Own­ers can lever­age the power of Re­mote Dis­play Ac­cess to mon­i­tor sprayer us­age and per­for­mance from their home or of­fice,” Pol­lock said. “If the sprayer is be­ing un­der­utilised or field op­er­a­tions are not be­ing prop­erly con­ducted, you can quickly put plans in place to im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity.”

The John Deere R4045 Sprayer now comes equipped with the new hy­dro­static all­wheel-drive Com­mand­drive pow­er­train.

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