The Patriot SPX 250 is the smallest of the four-model range of Patriot sprayers. It has a 125kW engine, a tank capacity of 2 500ℓ, two boom width options (24m and 27m), and, it is claimed, the highest ground clearance in its class.
The forward cab/rear engine configuration gives the sprayer a distinctive look and enhances its performance.
The design puts the static weight of the cab and engine over the front and rear axles respectively.
The variable weight of the tank and contents is in the centre of the machine for even weight distribution irrespective of the level in the tank, even with the booms extended.
A comfortable, ergonomically designed cab interior, aircraft-style trailing-link suspension, and the generous distance between engine and cab, all combine to provide a smooth, quiet ride.
The operator has a clear view of all critical operating functions, and the sprayer control switches are conveniently fitted to the seat. Frequently used controls are placed on the hydrostatic control lever for single-handed operation.
The Advanced Farming System Pro 700 display enables the operator to monitor and control guidance functions and application rate, as well as track ground speed, hectares covered, and other variables.
The hydrostatic transmission provides full-time 4WD with infinitely variable speed control and maximum torque at start-up. The wheel track can be hydraulically adjusted from the cab in 25mm increments from 3 050mm to 3 990mm.
Case IH offers a range of boom widths to suit any application. All booms, however, incorporate the durable parallel-link design.
This provides strength without excessive weight, and variable spray heights to accommodate different crops and conditions. The design maintains the boom position at all speeds, even in a high-speed turn.
Optimal advanced spraying system
Northmec stresses that the more accurately and effectively every hectare is sprayed, the higher the chances of maximising overall yield.
To make the most of the chemical spray material, Patriot sprayers can be equipped with AIM Command FLEX advanced spraying technology, a feature that ensures optimal spraying and cost-effective chemical usage.
Joe Spencer is the mechanisation editor of Farmer’s Weekly.