AGCO rolled out five new models of Rogator high-clearance, post-emergence applicators on July 23 at a media event in Jackson, Minn. The new models, which feature larger-capacity tanks, improved visibility and easier access to the cab, are designed to serve both the custom application industry and farmer-growers.
The new models offer capacities of 900-, 1100- and 1300-gallon liquid systems and added horsepower as well as a new front-load liquid system.
The 2010 Rogator’s front entry design features a fold-down ladder, easy first step, gentle angle of ascent, wide-set hand rails and a wide walkway maximized at the cab side to allow the widest cab door opening in its class. Two different walk way treads provide secure footing along with large tread holes for visibility to the left-front wheel.
The front entry design also makes possible the optional front-fill liquid system featuring larger fresh water and hand rinse tanks, faster reloading and reloading access to a nurse truck without folding in sprayer booms. “The 1,300-gallon tank can be filled in 5 minutes,” notes Paul Haefner, Rogator marketing specialist.
Lowered boom mounts and a lowered tank saddle as well as off-cab rear-view mirror mountings provide an improved view from the 6-post cab.
The new Rogator models were designed using new 3-D computer software, according to Haefner. This was particularly useful in locating electrical cables and plumbing hoses. The software enabled engineers to standardize routing of cables and hoses so they would be conveniently located and would not rub on each or be in a location where they could be damaged. “In the past, each crew assembling a machine might locate them a bit differently which caused problems,” explains Haefner.
Standardizing the coupe
AGCO also announced the traditional white SpraCoupe will be painted Challenger yellow in 2010. SpraCoupe will not carry Challenger decals or branding in the North American market but it will be branded Challenger for export markets.
Adopting the Challenger yellow color scheme for the SpraCoupe is part of a larger strategy by AGCO designed to improve factory efficiencies as well as tie all of the application equipment into a larger, comprehensive family of products, according to a company spokesman.