Product focus: Case IH Patriot 4430 sprayer

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A new precise jet control system was the feature that convinced Southern Mallee farmer Garry Summerhayes to buy the latest Case IH Patriot 4430 sprayer recently.

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As an owner of the previous model, he was familiar with the features, with the exception of the all-new AIM Command PRO spray jet system.

Instead of the machine being operated by spray jets grouped into seven sections, the new 4430 has 72 sections.

"Some of the operational features this AIM Command PRO gives you with individual control have proven to be really handy," Summerhayes explains.

"Every time you go across a diagonal on a headland it turns off individual jets, not whole groups.

"I can individually control jets for certain jobs, like putting a stronger concentration in the dust in summer behind the wheels.

 "It’s far more precise and a big saving in inputs, and I can see that by looking at the litres on the screen."

Turn compensation is another feature the fifth-generation farmer likes.

"As you turn a corner or around a tree, the outside of the boom speeds up to put more litres-per-hectare out, but the inside turns down really low, so you don’t get scorch in the corners."

Summerhayes and his son-in-law use the Case IH Patriot 4430 across 6,075ha, on their own crops and also when contracting for a neighbour.

"We’d done 2,500 hours with our first Patriot 4430, and had very little trouble," Summerhayes says.

"I really liked the features of the AIM Command PRO, so it was an opportune time to upgrade.  We found very good resale value when we sold the first one, too."

Summerhayes says his relationship with the dealer, O’Connor’s Group, was a big factor in purchasing a new Case IH Patriot 4430 sprayer.

"If they didn’t look after me I’d consider going elsewhere. I get tremendous dealer backup," he adds. "As far as service goes, they’ve sold enough to know what to look for; they’re very good that way."

So far, the Summerhayes family has done 1,000 hours of praying in the new Patriot with no issues.


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