John Deere is expanding its 4-Series sprayers to increase the power, traction and capacity of 2020 models.

Last week at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois, the company rolled out the 1,600-gallon (6,057 litre) capacity R4060 sprayer with the new CommandDrive powertrain; R4045 sprayers will also come standard with the powertrain beginning in 2020.

In this video, Joel Basinger, Deere’s production marketing manager, explains that CommandDrive is a new hydrostatic all-wheel-drive powertrain that transfers more power to the ground while offering improved traction, fuel efficiency and a quieter ride for the operator.

Basinger adds that CommandDrive will help farmers cover more acres quickly and efficiently. If one or more wheels lose traction, the system adjusts to slow the slipping wheels and directs more flow to the other wheels with traction in order to power the sprayer over the terrain. The powertrain helps the sprayer more easily handle hills, soft soil, and other conditions where additional traction is needed.

Basinger also comments on the availability of Deere’s carbon fibre boom on its 2020 sprayers. The carbon fibre boom is 30 percent lighter than steel and helps reduce the weight of the machine and potential compaction. Carbon fibre also allows for wider booms that can help farmers cover more acres faster, he adds.

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