The trifecta driving innovations in air boom applicators are: higher throughput, higher capacity, and longer booms. This led to Case IH outfitting its Titan floater chassis with the new option—the Case IH FA 1030 air boom, which is manufactured by the team at Salford Manufacturing.
“Applicators are facing compressed time windows and trying to cover as many acres as they can,” says Mark Burns, Case IH application equipment marketing manager. “The new Case IH FA 1030 extends our boom width from 70’ to 72’ and while 2’ doesn’t sound like much, think about how many passes these folks make. And we’re able to give them an extra 2’ every time.”
The FA 1030 option boasts a 350 cubic foot hopper and is available on Titan 4540 floaters for delivery in time for the spring 2021 application season.
As for as-applied product rates, Burns notes that applicators need the ability to reach some of the high rates up to 1,200 lb. per acre at 10 mph.
While Case IH first introduced its 810 Flex Air in 1995, the company has continued to answer customer needs with machinery innovations. This partnership with Salford, which itself expanded its air boom designs with the acquisition of Valmar in 2015, is in line with their approach to deliver for customers.
“Uptime for the ag retail market is key,” Burns says. “That’s where the product delivery system with the FA 1030 minimizes touch points with two conveyor chains—one that feeds the right and one that feeds the left.”
Additionally, the hopper bin can accommodate three different product bins. And it can be adjusted between a 50/50 split and a 60/40 split without the need for any tools—just a couple of latches make the in-bin adjustment.
“Commercial applicators are looking for something reliable, durable and precise,” Burns says. “It’s a story that resonates from sprayers to combo units to floaters.”