JD gives big farms a spray

The West Australian

Aimed at large arable farms and contractors, the new JohnDeere R4040i Self-Propelled Sprayer replaces the John Deere 5430i Self-Propelled Sprayer and is designed to provide improved performance, increased uptime and significantly reduced cost of operation.

The R4040i is powered by a 6.8-litre John Deere PowerTech PSS engine producing 176kW (240hp) at rated power boosted to 190kW (255hp) with intelligent power management.

This new engine incorporates selective catalytic reduction and diesel exhaust fluid injection.

The machine's centrally located cab, which is now easier to access, provides a comfortable operating position and offers good visibility both on the road and in the field. It also has a restyled interior with a new cornerpost display.

The sprayer chassis features XtraFlex dual-strut independent wheel suspension for a smoother and faster ride, and optional hydraulic track width adjustment.

Hydrostatic final drives and planetary gears provide constant four-wheel traction in both transport and spraying modes, at up to 40 and 20km/h respectively. The sprayer can be operated with two-wheel, four-wheel or crab steering to suit different crop and field conditions, and has a 5.2m turning radius.

The R4040i is equipped as standard with the John Deere GreenStar 3 2630 touch-screen display with full Field Doc spray documentation and ISOBUS compatibility.

The sprayer also comes AutoTrac ready and with a free JDLink Ultimate subscription for one year, which enables a range of additional John Deere FarmSight precision farming solutions including new Remote Display Access and Wireless Data Transfer, as well as Service ADVISOR Remote.

For safe, intuitive and convenient operation, the sprayer features a Hydro Handle multi-functional control lever and the SolutionCommand electronic sprayer control system for automatic filling, mixing, spraying and rinsing.

Total spray pump capacity is a maximum of 560 litres/minute with a flow up to 380 litres/minute to the steel spray booms, which are available in widths from 24m to 36m.

The rounded shape of the 4000-litre polyethylene spray tank features a smooth internal surface for efficient solution mixing and fast automatic cleaning.

Simply in-cab operated or by a switch on the SolutionCommand panel, the conical shaped PowrFill inductor safely transfers crop protection chemicals into the main tank.

The pendulum boom suspension system includes polyurethane dampers for stability, while John Deere's established BoomTrac automatic boom levelling system adds even more accuracy to the spraying operation. The new automatic variable geometry control system option further increases application accuracy and efficiency by automatically adjusting the height of the individual boom wings independently to match the terrain.

The new John Deere R4040i Self-Propelled Sprayer is available to order now with availability of the first machines in Australia and New Zealand scheduled for early 2015.

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