Case IH is introducing the Patriot 3230 sprayer, which the company says offers farmers and customer applicators the timely and accurate performance of larger Patriot sprayers in an 800-gallon configuration.
"This new 800-gallon machine offers an even greater advantage with a lighter overall footprint," says Ken Lehmann, Case IH application equipment marketing manager. "The balanced weight distribution and light footprint of the Patriot ensures operators can get in the field when competitive machines cannot. During critical application windows that impact yields, our sprayers can get into tough terrain without damaging crops or creating ruts."
Although the 3230 will be the smallest of the Patriot sprayers, it's powered by a new 6.7-liter electronically controlled diesel engine, rated at 220 horsepower. This turbocharged, aftercooled powerplant puts out 752 foot-pounds of peak torque.
All Case IH Patriot sprayers offer multiple features that contribute to spray performance, such as precision control of boom height; rapid changes in spray nozzle rate; GPS-guided, boom-section control; and even fully automated steering for convenience and accuracy.
"This new sprayer shares the same design DNA as the larger Patriot sprayers," Lehmann explains. "That means a smoother ride for operators, more acres sprayed every season and better application accuracy in the field."
The Patriot 3230 sprayer is also available with the Case IH AFS AccuGuide ready option. When equipped with Case IH autoguidance, operators are more efficient because automated steering reduces stress and lets operators concentrate on application rather than steering. And by reducing the number of "skips" and "overlaps," AFS AccuGuide saves on fuel and chemical input costs, Lehmann says.
The AFS AccuGuide Ready option offers "plug 'n' play" autoguidance readiness for use with the AFS Pro 600 display, the AFS 262 GPS receiver and the Navigation II controller. These three components are also used on other Case IH equipment for guidance, machine control or monitoring and can be easily moved from one piece of machinery to another.
Users can also choose the AIM Command spray system, a patented innovation in spray technology that multiplies the utility of a standard chemical boom, providing precise spray with complete control. The system offers a 2 to 24 GPA range with constant pressure independent of speed, with near instantaneous ability to switch rates while using a single nozzle tip.