Challenger will be running its RoGator 600D self-propelled sprayer on a demonstration plot at Cereals 2016.
Challenger’s first trailed sprayer, the RoGator 300, which is set for production later this year, will also be on static show.
Challenger’s RG600D self-propelled sprayer (including models RG635D, RG645D and RG655D) can be used with several new precision farming features.
The in-house developed application control for example can be connected with a Yara N-sensor for ‘on the go’ control of the application rate depending on the sensor’s reading.
Meanwhile, the TaskDoc Pro documentation system provides wireless data-exchange between the vehicle and the office, while the TaskDoc Variable Rate Control (VRC), a map based product application, provides optimum usage of fertiliser and crop.
The RG600D is also the first machine to use AGCO’s newly-developed global cab – 22% (32cm) wider than that of the previous RoGator C series, providing superior levels of operator visibility, space and comfort.
It is the largest workplace in the industry for the operator, while several storage places, including an integrated coolbox, have also been incorporated.
The front screen is 1.34 sq m (around 90% bigger) – greatly improving visibility at the front, while a flatter, wider and curved design of the rear windows help to improve visibility of the booms.
The new Category 4 certified cab also features an updated automatic climate control system as standard, while the twin screen terminal from the RG600C has been replaced by the RMC (RoGator Management Centre) with standard single or option of double 10.2” screens.
The fuel and ad-blue tanks have also been redesigned and incorporated in the new front bumper and the size of the diesel tank has increased from 230 to 320 litres.
The height of the side-walls of the pull-out chemical storage container have been lowered, making it easier to replace spray cans, while a new position for the hydraulic tank behind the cab has allowed the access platform to be made of a flat floor design.
All machines are telemetry ready with Auto Steer as standard, with the flexibility to connect to most RTK networks, including Trimble.
The RG300 will initially be available in two models – the RG333 and RG344, the last two digits referring to the tank capacity of 3,300 and 4,400 litres respectively.
It shares two thirds of its technology with the RG600, including the spray boom and suspension system, centre frame, boom lift arm, all plumbing and chemical induction hopper. However engineers have added a specially-made drawbar and tank, allowing it to be quickly adjusted to all tractors and tyre sizes. The newly designed tank and chassis also ensure the greatest stability and lowest centre of gravity, together with a best in class steering angle.
The RG300 uses load-sensing hydraulics and is fully ISOBUS compatible. An optional PTO-powered pump is available for users looking to tow the RG300 behind tractors lacking load-sensing hydraulics or prevent mixing of oil when using different tractors during the season.
Gleaned from the RG600, the single beam chassis offers the same 35 degree steering angle, keeping the inner turning circle of the RG300 to just 7.6m. Adding spacers between the wheel hubs and the chassis allows the sprayer to be changed to different track widths ranging from 1.5m to 2.25m.
The positioning of the standard 440 litre clean water tank at the front of the sprayer adds more weight to the tractor’s rear wheels to allow them to maintain traction as the main tank empties.
Electric nozzle shut off as standard eliminates the need for a compressor and results in less air hose plumbing for a cleaner boom build.