JOHN Deere's new R4060 self-propelled boomsprayer hit the mark with farmers at Morawa recently.
The new model features a 6000 litre stainless steel tank, a 40 metre (130 foot) carbon fibre boom and Deere's optional ExactApply nozzle control system.
Powered by a 258 kilowatt (346 horsepower) nine litre Deere Powertech engine, linked to a hydrostatic transmission, it is capable of a road speed of more than 50 kilometres an hour and also can be optioned with Boom Trac and JDLink.
The new ExactApply system incorporates Deere's Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) system that the company says offers three times the pulsing frequency of traditional PWM systems on a wide variety of nozzles.
This allows the sprayer to run at a constant set pressure and droplet size, regardless of the sprayer speed and application flow rate.
Linked to a Deere Gen 4 display, the operator has the ability to switch spraying between two pre-selected nozzles with the push of a button.
This capability also increases the range of application to achieve consistent droplet size.
The R4060 also comes with an optional Solutions Command System, which has been completely re-designed to allow for quick and easy operation at the load station with a 12-button keypad.
The system also features a micro-display, which provides real-time feedback on the system operations, as well as the ability to select a rinse method and the ability to monitor progress during the automated rinse function.
As one farmer commented: "It's pretty schmick."