Producers have become pretty used to seeing ag equipment brands introduce consistently larger machines over the past few years. In February, however, John Deere announced a new, smaller and “nimble” self-propelled sprayer.
The new R4023 fits in at the low end of the brand’s redesigned 4 Series models, and it replaces the older 4623. This little brother to the other existing models in the line gets a 4.5 litre, 173 horsepower diesel engine that meets Tier 4 Final emissions standards.
“It has a boost of 180 horsepower,” says Dave Mulder, product line manager at John Deere. “It’ll get you through those tough, challenging conditions, but it’s also very economical.”
The R4023 carries a 600-gallon poly tank and applies product out of an 80-foot boom that can be folded down to a reduced working width of 60 feet, making it suitable for lower-acreage farms or custom operators looking for a machine to handle smaller jobs.
Up front, Mulder says Deere hasn’t scrimped on operator comfort, making some high-end interior cab options available.
“We also have a premium cab option, with features such as leather,” Mulder adds. “The armrest has been laid out a little differently. We also have a new corner post display unit; you can monitor all your critical functions such as speed and RPM at a quick glance.”
And in keeping with Deere’s focus on technology, the R4023 can be fitted out with any of the brand’s digital products. It is also compatible with the JDLink telematics system that enables remote display and wireless data transfer.
“It’s packed with our full integrated technology,” Mulder confirms. “With this machine you can get autosteer, John Deere Section Control. You can also get automated boom height with our BoomTrac Pro option.”
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