Case IH’s new Trident 5550 was on display last week at the Farm Progress Show in Illinois.
Like something out of Transformers, the 5550 is a combination liquid/dry applicator, and according to the company, the conversion between the two is the fastest in the industry. Unlike last Christmas, when you and three other adults worked on your nephew’s hand-me-down Autobot, this machine’s transformation can take under an hour.
“We’ve switched the Trident 5550 from liquid to dry in as little as 42 minutes with three people — and that was outside using a telescoping telehandler,” says Mark Burns, Case IH application equipment marketing manager.
Burns says the quick changeover could enable a farmer to apply granular fertilizer prior to planting, then move to crop protection and top dressing during the growing season before switching back to granular for post-harvest application.
Mark Burns discusses axle weight distribution in liquid versus dry, the changeover process, and features on the Trident 5550 at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois:
The 390 horsepower machine is built on a row-crop chassis, and offers AIM Command Flex technology with a 1400 gallon tank, along with an optional dry nutrient applicator — the NL4500T G4 Edge. With the Case IH MultiApplier/MultiBin system, operators can apply up to four products at once.
“It’s not necessarily the first entry into this market, but this is the only one that was designed from the ground up to be switched between liquid and dry,” says Burns.
A system like this needs a suspension system that can adjust to changing load distributions. The 5550 uses load-compensating suspension to do that, with a pneumatic cylinder at each suspension joint, adjusting automatically by an engine-driven air compressor. It is also offered with optional, factory-installed duals.
The 5550 will be available for 2018.
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