At its North American dealer convention and new-product launch in Indianapolis, Indiana, John Deere showed off its largest, Class 4, high-clearance sprayer, the 4940. Deere originally announced the addition to its sprayer lineup in early June, but most dealers had their first look at it on stage with the other new products for 2012.
A Deere spokesman says it is targeting custom operators as potential customers for this model, so it has given the 4940 features that “make loading and applying material quicker, easier and more precise.” Those kinds of efficiency improvements are essential for any manufacturer that wants to get the attention of those in the application business. With several brands updating the features available on their North American machines in the last year, competition in the high-clearance sprayer market has become intense.
Under the hood of the 4940, power is supplied by Deere’s 340 horsepower, 9.0 litre PowerTech Plus engine mated to four-wheel hydrostatic drive. It has a maximum transport speed of 35 miles per hour, and it can apply liquids at up to 20 m.p.h. and dry products even faster, at 25 m.p.h.
The 4940 has a 1,200 U.S. gallon tank and is available with 90- to 120-foot booms. It also features a 235 gallon direct injection tank, making it easier to maintain a clean solution tank and change between crops. In addition, the optional LoadCommand system allows an operator to fill the main tank in as little as three minutes.
The spray booms are made up of 11 independent sections that can be turned on and off manually or automatically using Swath Control Pro, which allows an operator to minimize overlaps. The 4940 can also be equipped with a 300 cubic-foot dry spreader box to extend its use. New machines also come with one year free access to JD Link, Deere’s newest telematics feature.
“We’ve made the new 4940 the smartest, most productive, flexible and precise application system available from John Deere,” says Kayla Reynolds, marketing manager, global application equipment. The company is hoping customers think so too. †