Test Driving AGCO Sprayers Was Simple, But Humbling

Prairie Gleanings

After AGCO's ride and drive, I have a healthy respect for custom applicators.

Published on: August 23, 2012
Want to showcase how easy it is to drive your company’s newest tractor, combine or sprayer? Invite a bunch of ag editors over and host a ride and drive.

AGCO did just that this week at the Midwest Ag Industries Exposition in Bloomington. After making a few laps in a RoGator and TerraGator, I can honestly say they were easy to drive. Notice, I did not say “operate.”

When I started taking pictures of the cab, I somehow morphed into a 10-year-old version of myself. Every other sentence out of my mouth was, “What’s this button do?” The AGCO guys were great. The casually explained each and every lever, knob and button in the cab. In the process, they made it seem so easy that I began to think, “Hmmm….I could do this.”

Test Driving AGCO Sprayers Was Simple, But Humbling
AGCO's RoGator 1100
Test Driving AGCO Sprayers Was Simple, But Humbling
AGCO's TerraGator 8400

That’s when I took a glance out the cab. There were about seven sprayers circling haphazardly around the field. I realized that not one of them had the boom extended. Realizing these things are typically 90- to 120-feet wide is a humbling thought.

Back to my assessment of drivability. Both models were exceptionally easy to drive. However, the TerraGator’s continuously variable transmission was amazingly simple. With preset speed buttons, slowing down and speeding up for ditches was a piece of cake.

Test Driving AGCO Sprayers Was Simple, But Humbling
The RoGator's cab is laden with a few more switches than the TerraGator. The hydrostat drive was a little more difficult for me to get the hang of, but I'm sure it's a cinch for seasoned operators. Oh, and I only used about 1% of these buttons.

Test Driving AGCO Sprayers Was Simple, But Humbling
The TerraGator's CVT was extremely simple to operate. The pre-set speed buttons were terrific for slowing down and getting right back up to speed.

The comfort of both cabs was outstanding. Each was equipped with a climate control system that allows the operator to set the exact temperature. On this 90-degree day, the 65-degree cab felt awesome. The cabs were also plenty spacious.

A word to the wise, don’t get too comfy in the cab. Purchase a new AGCO sprayer and you get a free year of their AgCommand subscription. With this software, the boss can pull up real-time stats from any internet-enabled computer. That’s right, if you decide to milk the clock on the back 40, it will be recorded.

All in all, these things are slick and comfortable. If I had to spend 12-hour days in a sprayer, I’d definitely take a look at AGCO’s lineup.