When Equipment Technologies was founded in 1997, its mission was to design a tough, reliable, simple sprayer for its customers. Starting from scratch, Equipment Technologies held hundreds of conversations with growers to understand what they were looking for. The solution was a mechanical drive sprayer that’s simple to run and maintain and that’s light and efficient, but that’s also tough enough to get the job done. Add in a tractor feel with a comfortable ride and you have the Apache Sprayer range.
“Our customers work hard for their money. And when they buy equipment, they expect to get the most for their time and energy. We respect that and that’s why Cummins is the engine provider across our full range of sprayers. Performance, reliability and fuel efficiency are top priority — and Cummins engines deliver on all those promises,” explains Matt Hays, chief executive officer of Equipment Technologies, the Apache manufacturer.
The AS640, the latest Apache sprayer, is compact and agile. Its Cummins QSB4.5 Tier 4 Final engine delivers 163 horsepower and 466 pound-feet of torque. Weighing in at just under 17,000 pounds, this model provides increased fuel economy and reduced soil compaction. It is designed to be used by small-scale farms as an affordable self-propelled option and by large-scale farms as an efficient way to spray areas a larger tractor can’t reach.
For larger capacity requirements, there is the 40 Series sprayer range powered by the Cummins 6.7-liter. This lineup comprises the AS740, rated at 173 horsepower (129 kW); the AS1040, rated at 225 horsepower (168 kW); the AS1240, rated at 260 horsepower (194 kW); and the AS1240 XP, rated at 300 horsepower (224 kW).
With more horsepower and less fuel consumption, the Cummins Tier 4 Final engine is one of the most popular and versatile engines ever built by Cummins. A high-pressure common-rail (HPCR) fuel system, cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system deliver ultra-low emissions and five to 20 percent better fuel efficiency than the Apache 20 Series.
“Cummins is always looking for ways to help our customers succeed,” explains Jason Beckort, industrial sales manager at Cummins.
“Our aim is to ensure Apache customers have the Tier 4 Final engine power, efficiency and reliability they need to make their businesses successful. From the beginning, Cummins application engineers and machine integration specialists have worked closely with the Equipment Technologies team to deliver optimum engine installations for the full range of sprayers,” concludes Beckort.