A promotional brochure for the new Apache AS630 sprayer from Equipment Technologies says it best: “Performance and reliability at a price you can afford.”
Kevin Covey of Equipment Technologies says this model is targeted toward the farm with 1,500 to 2,000 acres, or toward larger operations that want a second nimble sprayer.
The sprayer features Apache’s signature mechanical drive, but uses a welded, integrated frame to impart strength while limiting overall weight to 16,900 pounds. It also features front entry to the cab instead of the traditional side step. A redesigned hood provides improved sight lines for the operator, Covey says.
The sprayer is powered by a 4.5-liter, Tier 4 final Cummins, 163-hp engine. Choose either a 90- or 100-foot boom. The spray tank holds 650 gallons.
This new sprayer stands tall when it comes to precision technology. Equipped with the Raven Viper 4 controller, it’s the first Apache with Raven RS-1 protective steering, which takes autosteering to a new level, Covey says.
You can add Raven’s new Hawkeye system, providing pulse-width modulation on nozzles. This allows individual nozzle control. The PWM air induction nozzle isn’t approved for spraying the newest dicamba herbicides over dicamba-tolerant soybeans. You can use regular nozzles to spray dicamba.
A well-equipped Apache AS630 lists for $225,000, Covey says. The primary competitor’s well-equipped model pushes $500,000. Learn more at apachesprayers.com.
Three Farm Progress editors took a look at this new sprayer and shared their thoughts. They are: Tom J. Bechman, Indiana Prairie Farmer; Lon Tonneson, Dakota Farmer; and Mindy Ward, Missouri Ruralist.
• Tom’s take. It’s refreshing to see an equipment manufacturer recognize that not every operation can afford the largest model the company can build. Equipment Technologies not only recognized that, but also produced a sprayer with a lower price point that features improved design. The AS630 can still do all the things necessary for precision farming that big brothers in its own lineup and in competitors’ sprayer lineups can do. In fact, in a few cases, it can do more!
If a company can build a smaller sprayer, why can’t someone build a smaller combine for the average-size farm that still wants a new quality machine it can afford? This new sprayer bears watching.
• Lon’s observations. The AS630 looks like it is everything that is great about Apache sprayers, but in a smaller package. The company claims that, like with all Apache sprayers, the AS630 is fuel-efficient and reliable, and provides mind-blowing operator comfort with a state-of-the-art cab and a simple operator interface. You’ll have to check it out for yourself.
• Mindy’s view. Not all farm fields are long, continuous and run for miles. This sprayer may pique the interest of those farmers with small, irregular-shaped fields. It is nice to see that even in a smaller overall package, farmers do not have to give up precision technology.