When it comes to big iron equipment, some feel the heavier the better. The phrase “heavy-duty” is synonymous with dependability while “lightweight” means it’s a lemon. At Apache, we think that’s nonsense. Apache sprayers are not only more dependable — they’re a heck of a lot lighter too. On average, Apache sprayers weigh 20,000 pounds — that’s about 3,780 pounds to 14,350 pounds less than comparable models.
So what are the advantages to owning a lighter self-propelled sprayer?
Less Soil Compaction
Soil compaction is a form of soil degradation that can result in reduced crop production and increased risk of soil erosion. Soil compaction can reduce water infiltration into soil, root penetration, crop emergence, crop nutrient uptake and water uptake — all of which can reduce crop yields.
The weight of large farm equipment can cause compaction to the root zone. The depth of soil compaction relates to soil moisture content and the weight of the equipment. Bottom line: heavier equipment means deeper compaction.
Lower Operating Costs
Factor in the additional fuel consumption, soil compaction and crop damage caused by heavier sprayers, and it’s clear why so many growers are moving toward lighter self-propelled sprayers like Apache.
And have you ever stopped to ask why heavier machines are, well, heavier? The additional weight typically owes to the fact the machine has additional parts and components that you may someday have to replace. The simple, lightweight design of Apache sprayers means a much lower cost of ownership.
A Smoother Ride
The lightweight body, flex-frame construction and mechanical drive transmission of Apache sprayers produces a smoother, more flexible and more powerful ride. This is particularly noticeable in wet field conditions. Don’t believe us? Here’s a lighter Apache pulling a much heavier John Deere through the mud.
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“I like the Apache. It’s a narrower machine than some, which means I can put on narrower tires. When I’m doing fungicide in crop, I get very little tramping. I put dividers on it and find that there is very little crop damage. In crop, for weed spraying in the fall, it’s a light enough machine that there’s no compaction. It doesn’t seem to sink at all and that’s where the savings will be. With the duals on the back, that will cut down the compaction.” —Rod Edger from Wolseley, SK Canada To learn more, contact your Apache dealer and ask for the light choice of self-propelled sprayers.