In August, Case IH, in partnership with Salford Group, introduced the FA 1030 air boom applicator, which is now available directly through Case IH on the Titan 4540 floater. The company says this applicator is built to carry more product, improve productivity and deal with uneven field surfaces. By July 2021, Case IH expects to offer the FA 1030 as an option on its 3540 Titan floater as well.
The FA 1030 air boom applicator is now available directly through Case IH.
The FA 1030 air boom applicator is built by Ontario-based Salford Group for the Case IH Titan floaters, and has been available directly from Salford as the model 6700. Now, however, it can be ordered directly from Case IH as part of the floater package.
“We’re pleased to team up with Salford Group to offer this new air boom applicator on the Case IH Titan 4540 floater,” said Mark Burns, Case IH application equipment marketing manager, in a news release. “Salford Group is known for developing durable, reliable equipment, and our shared dedication to innovating and helping operators be more productive makes us a great match.”
Salford first showed its granular boom design as a trailer-mounted concept model at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina, Sask., in 2016. It had been undergoing field trials in that province prior to its farm show debut. The Case IH FA 1030 (and Salford 6700) is a result of the evolution of that design.
Salford currently offers a smaller version of the 6700 designed to fit on John Deere sprayers as well.
“The biggest difference between (the FA 1030) and the one we’re putting on the Deere chassis is smaller capacity,” says Troy Straatman, Salford’s commercial application product manager. “The Deere box is only 200 cubic feet. And the output is different because the hydraulic capacity on the sprayer isn’t the same as on the floater.”
The FA 1030 uses a rear-mounted 72-foot stainless steel boom and has 350 cubic feet of product capacity in the hopper. The booms use a hydraulic suspension system to keep them stable at high applicator speeds over uneven ground. The FA 1030 has the ability to spread up to three products at rates up to 1,200 pounds per acre at 10 miles per hour. It also offers variable-rate product application and left-right boom section control, which is possible by independently controlling each of the two 16-inch feeder chains that deliver product to each side of the boom.
Both the Case IH 4540 Titan and 3540 Titan floaters get power from a 410-horsepower engine delivered through a six-speed automatic transmission. The difference is the 4540 rides on a four-wheel chassis, unlike the 3540, which uses a three-wheel design.
“Not only do today’s operators demand application equipment that will help them cover more ground in less time, but they also need the flexibility and configurations to tailor their equipment, matching their customers’ needs and fields,” added Burns.
When spec’ing out a Titan floater with an FA 1030 applicator, buyers can select from a range of hopper design options, including single-, double- and even triple-bin configurations with the addition of the optional 45-cubic-foot “micro-bin.” It is designed for holding micronutrients or low-rate products.
On multi-product hoppers, operators can use an adjustable divider to easily change from a 50/50 to a 60/40 split, with no tools required. If the micro-bin is used for a third product, a 50/37/13 or 60/27/13 split is possible.
“With the multi-product hopper, you can put out a single, dual or triple product all out of the same 350-cubic-foot hopper,” Straatman says. “And you can configure it to what’s most efficient. Depending what rates (farmers) are putting down, they can get the most from each hopper. That’s what we focused on and put quite a bit of time into designing that hopper configuration.”