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AGCO reinvents the RoGator

The C Series offers improved driveline and product delivery technology

AGCO thinks anyone looking to spend less of their day cleaning and maintaining sprayers and more time rolling through fields applying product will like their new C Series RoGators. Equipped with the brand’s new LiquidLogic system, these machines promise more efficient cleanouts with less wasted product and more precise application in the field.

“With the prevalence of herbicide-resistant weeds throughout the country and the introduction of new herbicide systems to control these weeds, greater management and attention to detail will be needed for anyone applying herbicides,” explained Mark Mohr, tactical marketing manager for AGCO’s application division, in a press release announcing the C Series introduction.

“The engineering and technology of the RoGator C Series machines and new LiquidLogic system are going to help operators simplify their jobs, reduce potential for off-target application, make cleanout faster, easier and more thorough and reduce product waste.”

That LiquidLogic system includes recirculation plumbing to keep product constantly moving through the boom, plumbing and filters at all times to help reduce chemical build up and eliminate plugged spray tips. The C Series machines also offer the ClearFlow recovery system, which uses air to force product out of the booms or reload station and back into the tank, leaving less than 2.5 gallons remaining in systems without injection. And the new self-priming feature gets product moving quickly through the entire boom once the product pump and recirculation are turned on.

There is also a “hold at minimum” feature to ensure pressure remains within one p.s.i across the entire boom width to ensure even product application. The AgControl rate controller is capable of section control for either 35 sections with 10- or 15-inch spacing or 36 sections with 20-inch spacing, which is offered as standard. All of that is managed through AGCO’s newest 10.4-inch AccuTerminal touch screen.

When it comes to the drivetrain, the C Series machines see some changes there too. They get the new SmartDrive all-wheel drive system with traction control. That feature detects wheel slip and alters fluid flow to the associated drive motor to maximize flow (and therefore traction) at the other wheels. Each wheel also gets turn compensation, which means the outside wheels start spinning faster when going around tight turns creating only minimum field surface disruption.

Under the hood, the engine management system controlling the available 7.4 or 8.4 litre diesels automatically boosts r.p.m when more power is needed and throttles them back when it can get away with providing less. That helps keep fuel consumption down, and it’s one function of the cruise control feature that allows operators to select and maintain a pre-set working speed. The transmission includes a shuttle shift feature to make quick forward-reverse direction changes. When the transmission is shifted into reverse, a rear-view camera automatically activates for increased safety.

These RoGators also get anti-lock brakes with a more powerful hydrostatic system to shorten stopping distances.

Operators will likely like the inside of C Series cabs a little more than the models they replace. A new, more ergonomic “floating” armrest houses liquid system controls and boom switches along with the joystick. And even the joystick is sporting a new shape, which the company says was based on user feedback. USB power ports allow for portable digital equipment connections and there is a programmable keypad to control functions such as the lights. An optional air ride cab suspension can help smoothen out the ride.

RoGator C Series machines can be configured with AGCO’s fully integrated AgControl and Auto-Guide systems, or Raven Viper 4+ technology with SmarTrax. A hybrid configuration also allows the use of Raven Viper 4+ for product control while using AGCO’s Auto-Guide for steering. The brand’s TaskDoc option provides wireless data transfer.

Cutline Steel spray booms of 90, 100, or 120 feet are available, along with aluminum 120- and 132-foot booms.

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