Versatile Launches New Self-Propelled Sprayers


Versatile introduced a new line of self-propelled sprayers. Two models, the SX240 and SX280, represent an evolution of the current sprayer design and will replace the SX275. These new sprayers will be available for spring 2014.

The SX240 and SX280 have the largest cab in the sprayer industry. The Versatile HQ cab, the largest cab in the tractor segment, will now enable sprayer operators to enjoy unparalleled visibility and comfort. The new console and seat-mounted controls have been designed to be intuitive and easy to understand. Foot controls operate the master sprayer control and available autosteer while fingertip controls operate the remaining sprayer functions. A hand accelerator and foot accelerator have been introduced for comfortable control while in the field. Cruise control is standard and allows the operator to concentrate on sprayer functions while in motion.

The SX240 and SX280 were developed, designed and will be manufactured at the Versatile facility in Willmar, Minn. These new sprayers feature the Versatile design language introduced on the tractor product lines, with a sloped hood for industry-leading forward visibility. A new front-entry ladder and walkway were developed with input from customers who want the best access to the machine. The front-folding ladder quickly lifts up and out of the way with the parking brake turned off.

Two tank options are available, both designed for the new Versatile sprayer. The 1,200-gallon stainless steel tank includes an integrated 120-gallon rinse tank and is an updated version of the proven design used on the outgoing SX275. New for this year is a 1,000-gallon polyurethane tank that was developed specifically for the SX240 and SX280. This tank has been designed to handle the rigorous demands of various terrain, with rails molded right into the tank to ensure it stays firmly in place for the life of the machine. A 100-gallon rinse tank has been incorporated into the overall tank design to maximize space and efficiency.

After much research and development and feedback from customers, Versatile designed a simplified fill station using well-labeled and simplified controls. Control valves are oriented so that all handles are in the "up" position when the machine is ready for the field, a quick glance indicator for the operator. The overall plumbing on the machine is designed to be easy to service.

The new sprayers are powered by a Cummins QSB6.7L and will meet interim Tier 4 emissions requirements. The 240 hp in the SX240 is combined with an Allison 2500 five-speed automatic transmission. The SX280 features 280 hp and is combined with an Allison 3000 five-speed automatic transmission. Both machines feature MaxTorque rear-wheel drive with a locking differential designed to handle the toughest terrain while maintaining an industry-leading level of fuel efficiency. The axles are adjustable, mechanically or hydraulically, from 120-inch to 152-inch wheel tracks. For ease of service, the hood is mounted on a parallel linkage and lifts up and away from the machine for unlimited access to the engine and critical components.

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