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Tall truck sprayer

A high chassis and truck-mounted sprayer turn your pickup, any model, into a tall field sprayer.

Turn your pickup truck into a high-clearance sprayer with Hy-Trux, a new high-clearance chassis for a pickup truck and truck-mounted sprayer from F/S Manufacturing. Ground-to-frame clearance on the chassis is 45 in. The boom can be set in the cab on-the-go from 24 to 72 in. for short or tall crop spraying.

A standard pickup powers the Hy-Trux and can be mounted or removed from the chassis in about two hours, according to the manufacturer. The truck's front axle is secured to the chassis with cushioned mounting brackets that align the axle and the chain case input shaft. Drives are a positive, double-roller chain with oil bath and have 60% gear reduction.

Steering is connected by a steering rod extension to heavy-duty king pins. Diagonally opposing cushion joints on the two-piece frame allow the unit to give a smooth ride over rough field terrain. The frame is adjustable to accommodate a wide range of wheel bases, including a pickup with an extended cab and long bed.

Wheels, with standard 12.4 x 28 tractor tires, are adjustable to accommodate most row crop needs.

F/S has adapted its cushion boom truck-mount sprayer for use with the Hy-Trux chassis. The boom has independent, self-leveling linkages, which allow it to swing side to side, rather than dipping. With flexing action, the boom avoids ground contact, and it is hydraulically dampened to soften bounce. Other standard features include a 500-gal. tank and an electric start.

The unit can be ordered separately or as a complete unit with a Dodge pickup truck. Prices of the Hy-Trux chassis with the cushion boom sprayer start at $23,450. Price of the chassis alone: $13,200. Contact F/S Mfg., Dept. FIN, 1102 Center St., West Fargo, ND 58078, 701/281-1729.

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