The model names of RBR Enterprise’s two sprayer/spreader models, Vector and Venturi, are both associated with speed, at least indirectly. That inference seems pretty appropriate for the 305 and 350 horsepower machines that can hit 52 m.p.h. (roughly 83 km/h) on the road. That kind of speed would seriously cut down travel times between fields.
But they have some other features that should catch farmers’ attention as well, according to Jeff Gulas, RBR’s product rep, who was manning the company’s display at the Ag in Motion outdoor farm show near Saskatoon in July.
“Our biggest advantage would be road speed and a four-wheel drive, mechanical chassis,” he says. “It has really high road speeds, up to 52 m.p.h.”
Power comes from either an 8.3 litre QSC or 8.9 litre QSL Tier 3 emissions level Cummins diesel and gets routed through an Allison 4-speed automatic transmission. And with the mechanical drive system, it flows out through driveshafts to solid front and rear axles. There are no hydraulic driveline motors on these machines.
That conventional drive system coupled with a rear differential lock means these machines get the benefit of the kind of traction true four-wheel drive offers, according to Gulas.
“These will go through a lot of field conditions that others can’t,” he says. “They’re four-wheel drive, which is the big difference between them and other floaters.”
Both models come standard with Michelin’s Spraybib 380/85R46 radials. 680/64R38 floatation tires are available as an option. Air brakes provide the stopping power and allow for remote connections to blow off the machine or run air tools.
The Vector and Venturi can be fitted with either an air-flow box, New Leader dry spreader or liquid tanks, with available stainless steel liquid tank sizes ranging from 1,000 to 2,400 U.S. gallons (3,800 to 9,120 litres) and boom sizes up to 150 feet.
These machines are built with durability in mind, says Gulas. Instead of paint or powder coating on the chassis, the RBR models get a rubberized top coat to protect them from corrosion caused by exposure to fertilizer and chemicals.
“They’re built very rugged,” he says. “Even the frame’s not painted, it’s Rhino Guarded, like the Rhino Guard you put in the back of a pickup truck.”
Up in the cab, a variety of options are available to make life comfortable for the operator, including a leather seat and tinted glass.
The basic design of the Vector and Venturi make them suitable for jobs other than applications work. They could be fitted with any type of body, such as liquid manure injection systems. So the company will sell you just a cab and chassis if you want and let you figure out what to do with it.
“We’ve had a little bit of interest from the mining industry where you need to get into remote places,” Gulas explains.
Missouri-based RBR is a recent entry into the Canadian market. It started its Canadian marketing efforts in the east in 2014 and has only been looking toward the prairies since last fall. So far it has only one western Canadian dealer. However, it’s looking to recruit more.
“(We’re) pretty new to the Canadian marketplace and still sourcing dealers,” says Gulas. “We just got our first one, Corner Equipment, just south of Brandon, Manitoba.”
Suggested retail, depending on which model is chosen and whether it has a spray unit, a floater or a New Leader spreader on it, ranges from U.S. $350,000 to $425,000.