Deere had a couple of announcements to make in May about sprayers. One of those, the Hagie brand, which is now majority owned by John Deere, will expand the use of John Deere engines by making them the standard power plant in STS10 and STS12 models, beginning with 2019 model year.
Deere’s PowerTech 280- and 300-horsepower 6.8-litre diesels will now ride at the back of the chassis in those machines.
“Commonality of engines across all John Deere and Hagie Sprayer platforms makes sense from a customer service perspective, making it easier and convenient for customers to get their sprayers serviced by their local John Deere dealers, no matter which brand they own,” says Doug Felter, Deere’s product marketing manager for application equipment.
The hood has been redesigned to accommodate the green engines along with a high-performance cooling package. The redesigned hood also incorporates a toolbox and air scoop.
The chassis also sees a couple of other changes as well. New fuel and DEF tanks along with a ladder will now ride on the right side of the frame and offer easier access when filling.
The Hagie brand had another significant change to announce this year too, aside from the engine and chassis redesigns. The Dual Product System (DPS) that has been offered through Hagie Custom Solutions, which allows the tank to be divided so two different products can be applied in a single pass, will now be available on a second model. DPS will be available on 1,200- and 1,600-gallon (4,542 and 6,057 litre) capacity Hagie Sprayers.
“The Dual Product System is perfect for late-season applications of nitrogen and fungicides or insecticides to corn, for example,” Felter explains. “DPS-equipped machines save time, fuel and damage to crops by reducing the number of passes, and has become more popular with many customers in recent years.”
The split-tank configuration will be available for order on both the STS12 and STS16 models equipped with dual pumps and separate rate controllers. It is compatible with Raven or John Deere Precision Ag systems.