BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The new Fendt Rogator 900 Series applicator with adjustable, two-position clearance debuted at the recent Midwest Ag Industries Exposition and Farm Progress Show.
The adjustable clearance feature provides year-long nutrient and crop protection versatility for both liquid and dry applications. Pre-plant, post-emergence, mid-season, late-season and post-harvest applications may all be accomplished with one applicator.
“First and foremost, it’s about all-season versatility. Where a grower or an ag retailer has requirements in terms of standard clearance work, most of the work throughout the season will be standard clearance work, but they’ll be a portion of time late-season where the ag retailer’s growers or the growers will require capabilities to get into tasseled corn. This machine will have that capability,” said Greg Pumo, Fendt director of marketing.
“It’s a high quality build with a brand new suspension package that allows this two-position clearance, which is really super unique in the industry.”
The Fendt Rogator 900 Series self-propelled applicator adjusts between standard, 56 to 60 inches, and high clearance, 72 to 76 inches, in 45 seconds with a push of the buttons and can be switched from liquid to dry application or vice versa in as little as two hours.
The flexibility eliminates the need to choose between purchasing a standard clearance or standard clearance option.
“The capability of being able to do both is unique in the industry and so there are no compromises in application,” Pumo said.
“There are new tire options — up to 80-inch tires — new suspension package and Fendt styling. This is a Fendt product. We have made a brand strategy with Fendt. This joins Momentum planter, Ideal combine and a line of Fendt tractors in North America to round out what we believe will be a strong lineup.”
Equipped with a rear boom and a cab created for application equipment, the Fendt Rogator 900 Series offers a clean and safe operating environment with stability and visibility.
The LiquidLogic system comes standard on the new machine, providing the product- and time-saving benefits of a re-circulating boom and other features.
“There’s also a brand new cab. This cab is larger with better space than our previous model and has an egress with a nice pathway to get into the machine,” Pumo said.
“This has a rear-mounted boom. There are obviously other machines that have rear-mounted booms, but a rear-mounted boom on a high clearance machine and the ability to do this is unique in the sense that there are advantages with a rear-mounted boom in terms of visibility, applying product without anything impeding your visibility while traversing through a field.”
All models have AGCO Power 8.4L engines and are equipped with liquid capacities ranging from 900 to 1,300 gallons, or dry spinner systems with capacities ranging from 253 to 330 cubic feet.
All but the RG932 can be equipped with the Air-Max Precision R1 or R2 pneumatic boom spreader, ranging from 215 to 275 cubic feet in capacity. Owners can customize the systems and tank sizes they need for their operation.
Steel booms of 90-, 100- and 120-foot lengths with 10-, 15- and 20-inch nozzle spacing are available to suit specific width, volume and broadcast needs. An optional aluminum 132-foot boom, 5% lighter than a 120-foot steel boom, is also offered.
A range of nozzle, section and boom-height control options are available with the choice of two technology packages for precise application. The EZ-Drops drop tube kit can be added for placing late-season nitrogen and cover-crop seed below the crop canopy.
Just as with the current Rogator C models, operators of the new Rogator 900 machines will benefit from the automatic traction control of the AWD SmartDrive system. Turn-compensated wheel speed provides independent control of each wheel to assist in tight turns and reduce soil disruption and crop damage.
Optional GatorTrak 4-Wheel Steer offers a tight, 16.5-foot turning radius that dramatically improves field maneuverability, crosses fewer rows and reduces compaction.