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Machinery department

Dual-tank or high-volume sprayers

Self-propelled sprayers typically use a large single tank configuration, but the Hagie DTS8 (153 hp) and DTS10 (205 hp) use dual tanks. The dual tanks allow more flexibility in spraying for operators who want to fill up the sprayer with two different solutions before heading to the field. This might be especially useful for traveling from field to field with different chemicals in each tank.

The dual tanks are saddled between the front and rear tires on both sides of the sprayer, giving a lower center of gravity without sacrificing the machine's 72-in. under-frame clearance.

As with previous Hagie sprayers, a front-mounted boom helps operators avoid field striping and reduces fatigue by providing the operator with a full tip-to-tip view of the boom. This up-front design also keeps the boom away from machine-swept dust and debris, which can neutralize the effectiveness of some chemicals and clog sprayer nozzles on rear-mounted booms. Boom widths are available in 60-, 60/80- or 90-ft. configurations. Prices range from $94,000 to $118,000. Circle 196.

For operators who prefer a single-tank, high-volume design, Hagie has updated its STS sprayer and plans to add a 1,600-gal. tank for the 2005 STS 12. STS models are powered by Cummins 5.9-l, 275-hp turbocharged engines. Prices on current STS models range from $138,000 to $176,000. Circle 195.

Contact Hagie Mfg. Co., Box 273, Clarion, IA 50525, 800/247-4885, or visit or

Gentle balers

AGCO's New Idea 6400 series balers have features that are gentle on hay and easy on machinery operators.

The series is available in three sizes: the automatic 6464 (4 × 6 ft.), the 6454 (4 × 5 ft.), and the automatic 6465 (5 × 6 ft.). The 6454 and 6464 are also available in silage models. All five variable-chamber balers are equipped with an extra-wide, low-profile pickup and pack bales consistently and tightly.

Combined with wind-guard and pickup flares, the low-profile pickup gathers large and uneven windrows. Converging augers prevent bunching and gently feed leaves and stems to stuffer fingers even in heavy crop situations. Aggressive stuffer fingers and a high-capacity, open-throat, vertical bale chamber deliver quick bale starts and uniform feeding, while hydraulic density and belt tension arms maintain uniform pressure for consistent bale production.

All three balers use hydraulic-actuated bale wrapping. An in-cab monitor receives information from the sensors with direct bale contact and displays drive arrows that indicate proper bale formation. On 6465 and 6464 models, pushing one button wraps the bale, disengages the drive, ejects the bale and reengages the drive.

Prices range from $21,380 to $36,148. Contact AGCO Corp., 4205 River Green Pkwy., Duluth, GA 30096, 770/813-9200, visit or, or circle 193.

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