The all-new FAST A-Series Applicator features an innovative toolbar design for an industry-leading transport width of 11 ft. 10 in. — that is 3 ft. narrower than any other 60-ft. toolbar design on the market! This design increases safety, eases operator stress, and helps decrease operator liability while on the road.
One of FAST's latest examples of innovation is our patented AP coulter designed to ensure that nitrogen is placed IN THE GROUND at a consistent depth and also provides industry leading flexibility in how the coulter mounts to the toolbar.
The AP coulter is made of three castings designed for long term durability, a “octogonal” shank designed which allows the coulter to be offset in eight different positions, and increased stability to ensure a consistent coulter ride throughout varying soil conditions.
Cast Design = Durability/Stability
FAST utilizes a cast design because it allows our Engineers to properly reinforce the design wherever it is needed. The castings are designed to ensure the coulter rides stable through the field and does not deflect back nearly as much as our competition unless a rock or another object is hit which requires the coulter to deflect further. This minimal deflection is what provides FAST’s more consistent nitrogen placement.
Unmatched Mounting Flexibility
Our “hex” shank design allows our toolbars to match up with nearly any row spacing that is desired without the use of additional offset shanks. The FAST AP coulter is also able to adjust how many degrees the coulter will swivel, with 0, 20, and 40 degree settings.
FAST also offers an optional folding gauge wheel that ties into the hydraulic fold circuit. This premium add-on will help reduce liability on the road with its reduced transport width down to 11'-10". Transport width without folding gauge wheels is 14'-2".
The innovative new tank design featured with the A-Series offers both 1800 and 2600 gallon capacities with a larger sump, enhanced/more even weight distribution on the trailer, and a lower/narrower profile to significantly increase operator visibility from the cab. The profile of this new tank allows the toolbar to fold over the top of the tank to provide narrow transport while still being under 12' transport height with folding gauge wheels.
All FAST applicators are designed to have a flex throughout the entire toolbar. The A18/A26 is unique because the bar is designed to have 3 sections of flex standard with an option to add hydraulic down pressure on the flip wing which will provide 5 sections of flex. This flex will allow for much better ground penetration and even depth control and fertilizer placement in uneven terrain. The A18/A26 series also has a trademarked Flex Hinge that FAST has incorporated as an industry first. This allows for below-level travel on the toolbar, ensuring that the coulter is always in contact with the ground, giving you confidence that your nitrogen dollars are where you intended them to be. This hinge also allows for the unique side-fold transport position which narrows the transport width. The A18/A26 models come standard with four gauge wheels that help with a more consistent application throughout the entire toolbar.
The A-Series applicators are equipped with a 5"x7" double tube toolbar on the center section and main wings that is available in either 60' or 66' widths. At FAST we try our best to equip all our products with as much versatility as possible which is why we design our 60' toolbar to also fold and have the ability to side-dress at 40' to match up with both planter sizes. The A-Series models are designed with a trademarked wing kick feature as well, so the wings will "kick up" when turning on headlands to result in less crop damage.
Short-coupled trailers are another way FAST applicators are designed to reduce crop damage by trailing better on headlands and hillsides. The short-coupled trailer follows your tractor better than other designs, which results in less crop damage and greater yields.
The single reach tongue on all FAST applicators is specifically designed to reduce crop damage so the operator is able to have a sharper turning radius.
At FAST we know every operator needs a piece of equipment to fit their operation. That is why we offer the option of allowing the customer to choose the axle that fits their row spacing. The A-Series is dual wheel capable with three options that will be sure to fit anyone's operation: 62-120", 80-120", or 88-132". On the 1800 gallon the standard tires included are 380/90R46. With the 2400 gallon tank the standard duals are 380/90R46 duals. For added flotation and one set of tracks going through the field, we also offer a 15" wide CAMSO track system which has 80% more flotation than 380/90R46 singles.
The Ace 205-304F is the standard pump on all A-Series models. All pumps that are used on FAST equipment are field proven, durable and sure to have a long lasting life. Standard on all A-Series models is the pump hydraulic flow limiter that provides over-speed protection designed to give the pumps a longer lasting life. Add an optional PWM pump for increased pump longevity, quicker on/off or rate change reaction time, and more efficient hydraulic flow utilization.
At FAST we understand the importance of a heavy duty jack that can be used with ease. That is why FAST applicators come standard with a 2 speed heavy duty jack stand with easy hooking and unhooking to get you where you're supposed to be, in the field.
The A-Series applicators are equipped with a 5"x7" double tube toolbar on the center section and main wings that is available in either 60' or 66' widths. At FAST we try our best to equip all our products with as much versatility as possible which is why they also have an external hydraulic fold cylinder so the operator is able to fold the outer wing and have the ability to use the same toolbar at 40' as well. The A-Series models are designed with a trademarked wing kick feature as well, so the wings will "kick up" when turning on headlands to result in less crop damage.
One of the most important features on an applicator is the ability to keep all coulters in the ground consistently with constant down force. This will allow for a much more consistent application, which will result in higher yields and a higher return on investment. All FAST applicators are designed to have hydraulic down pressure on the wings standard which will give the coulters better ground penetration and much more consistent application. The A-Series also has an option to add additional hydraulic downforce on the outer flip wings which is an attractive option on fields with uneven terrain.
The wide-stance parallel linkage of all of our applicators creates three distinct advantages. It enables the toolbar to apply fertilizer without the bar "walking" when higher ground speeds are reached, it allows the bar to be raised and lowered evenly and the wide stance parallel link reduces stress on the center section. These features add up to better placement for your fertilizer investment. The A-Series also utilizes a Cast Design on its parallel links for added strength and durability.
Larger or Single Dual Tires/Tracks
Help reduce soil compaction and increase flotation with larger diameter single tires such as 380/90R54 or upgrade to dual tires with 380/90R46 or 380/90R54 duals. FAST's tank and trailer design allows maximum flexibility with multiple dual spacing options from 62-120", 80-120", or 88-132".
FAST also offers 15" Camoplast Tracks which reduce ground pressure by 78% compared to 380/90R46 tires. This premium track systems offers unmatched durability and flexibility with a cast undercarriage, oil bath bearings and midrollers that flex side-to-side as well as front to back.
(Note that the 380/90R46 Duals tires are standard with a 2600 gallon tank)
Ensure that your Fast applicator is fully integrated with your in-cab ISO display (such as a John Deere 2630 or CNH AFS Pro 700). This enables operators to have the ability to control application rate, section and swath control, mapping, monitor the amount of product left in your tank, ect. all through one display screen and also helps reduce in-cab clutter.
Tall Gauge Wheel
Increase the flotation of your FAST toolbar with 6.7x15 gauge wheels. These gauge wheels have a larger diameter and narrower width that the standard FAST gauge wheels which is also important in both narrow row applications and softer soil conditions.
Hypro Cleanload Chemical Eductor
Add a Pentair Hypro chemical eductor with 7 gallon hopper and 316 stainless steel venturi. Makes it much easier to mix liquid fertilizer in an easy to access location. Tank rinse nozzle mounted in the 12” hinged lid provides aggressive hopper clean out. Also includes an in-hopper bottle rinse system for rinsing chemical containers onsite.
Add tank agitation to keep your liquid fertilizer adequately mixed in your main tank.
|Model||8000N Vertical Fold||8100 Vertical Fold||A18/A26 Side Fold (w Folding GW)||8300 Vertical Fold||8400 Side Fold|
|Transport Height||12'8" (15 coulters)||16'1"||12'||14'6"||11'4"|
|Shipping Transport Width||12'||16'10"||11'10"||12'9"||20'8"|
|Working Transport Width||15'0"||20'5"||11'10"||16'6"||22'0"|
|Transport Length||15'3"||21'1"||25'||17'4" (1050 & 1350 gal) 21'1" (1800 & 2400 gal)||29'9"|
|Empty Weight (lbs.)||8,100 (1350 gallon, 15 coulters)||12,110 (23 coulters)||18,250 (1800 gallon, 23 coulters)||8,320 (1350 gallon, 15 coulters)||15,378 (35 coulters)|
|Hitch Pin-to-Axle Length||12'0"||15'9"||15'10"||13'1" (1050 & 1350 gal) 15'9" (1800 & 2400 gal)||17'8"|
|Tank Size(s) (gal)||1050, 1350||1800||1800, 2600||1050, 1350, 1800, 2400||2400|
|Toolbar Size(s)||30', 40'||60'||60', 66'||30', 40', 44'||80', 88', 90'|
|Standard Tires||13.6x38" (1050 gal) 320/90R46" (1350 gal)||380/90R46"||380/90R46" (1800 gal), 380/90R46" Duals (2400 gal)||380/90R46"||Duals 380/90R46"|
|Delivery Type||Knive or Injection||Knive or Injection||Knive or Injection||Knive or Injection||Knive or Injection|
|Crop Clearance (from bottom of coulter)||20"||28"||29"||21.5"||28"|
|Std Hydraulic Pump||Ace 150-206F||Ace 205-304F||Ace 205-304F||Ace 150-206F||Ace 205-304F|
|Toolbar Tube Size||7"x7" single bar||5"x7" double bar, single on outer wings||5"x7" double bar, single on outer wings||7"x7" single bar||5"x7" double bar, single on outer wings|
|Hydraulic Down Pressure||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Engine HP Required||150-180||190-200||200-220||150-180||240-260|
|Quick Fill Size||2"||3"||3"||2"||3"|
CAN YOU AFFORD TO TAKE RISKS WITH YOUR NITROGEN?
There has been a lot of discussion on nitrogen timing and the best methods to apply nitrogen. The University of Missouri states it well, “The BMP for timing of nitrogen (N) fertilizer applications is to apply fertilizer as close as possible to the period of rapid crop uptake (Figure 1). Managing N in this way will minimize losses of N from the field and will ensure adequate N availability to the crop during critical growth periods.”
In addition, the University of Purdue states that ear size is first determined at V5-V6; “Kernel row number determination of the uppermost ear begins shortly after the ear shoot is initiated (V5 to V6) and is thought to be complete as early as V8.”
Therefore, we know that the primary goals of applying nitrogen is to apply it as close to when your crops need it as possible and also to apply it in a way that will minimize your risk of nitrogen loss to ensure nitrogen is in the soil, available for your crops when they need it.
First let’s take a look at nitrogen timing
- If you apply all your nitrogen in the Fall you will have around 7 months from when you applied nitrogen to when your crops need it. This seems to be a big gamble and puts you at the mercy of weather to ensure that your nitrogen is still there and available in the Spring. If you get heavy rains in the Fall or Spring, you could lose a very significant portion of your nitrogen through leaching, which is also not as environmentally friendly since this nitrogen has nowhere to escape but deeper into the soil.
- If you apply all of your nitrogen pre-plant you have cut down on some of your risk of nitrogen loss but you are still applying 1-2 months before your crops need it so there is still some unnecessary risk of nitrogen loss through leaching.
- If you wait to apply a significant portion of your nitrogen until mid-summer right before the reproductive stage, you may not have all of you nitrogen needs met at V5-V6 when ear size is determined and you may have starved your crops during the early critical growth stages that give a baseline for future yield. In addition, what individuals pushing late-season side dress do not mention is that the microbes and organic matter in your soil contain a significant amount of nitrogen that is naturally released as the soil warms up through the summer.
Therefore, early sidedress strikes the perfect balance between applying your nitrogen just before it is needed by your crops and also ensuring that all of your crops nitrogen needs are met during the critical growth stages.
Next, let’s take a look at nitrogen application methods, Dribble vs. Injection
The University of Purdue states that as much as 15-20% of surface applied urea-based nitrogen may volatilize (lost) within a week after application. They also stated that this risk is essentially zero if the product is injected into the soil.
If your nitrogen is applied on top of the soil you are relying on rain to take the nitrogen down to the roots where it is need for uptake. If we have a dry period in the summer, you are subjecting your nitrogen to significant risk of volatilization as it will convert into ammonia gas and escape into the atmosphere, never to be utilized in boosting the yield of your crops.
Injecting your nitrogen in the soil helps reduce this risk of volatilization and helps ensure that the nitrogen that you apply will still be there when your crops need it most.
Our crops are dependent enough upon timely rain, why would we also build this into our Nitrogen Program? Inject your N with a FAST Applicator and minimize this risk!
The University of Purdue sums it up best by stating “One of the keys to managing costs of nitrogen fertilizer or maximizing nitrogen use efficiency is to manage N sources wisely to minimize the risk of nitrogen loss due to leaching, denitrification, or volatilization. The use of a sidedress application strategy remains one of the easiest and least expensive ways to maximize nitrogen use efficiency.”
Invest in your operations with a FAST Applicator to maximize your nitrogen investment and yield by providing a boost of N just before ear size is determined and also minimizing your risk of N Loss by injecting your Nitrogen IN THE GROUND rather than taking an unnecessary risk and dribbling it on top.
University of Purdue - https://www.agry.purdue.edu/ext/corn/news/timeless/CornRespLateSeasonN.html
University of Missouri - http://plantsci.missouri.edu/nutrientmanagement/nitrogen/practices.htm
University of Purdue - https://www.agry.purdue.edu/ext/corn/news/timeless/earsize.html
Montana State University - http://store.msuextension.org/publications/AgandNaturalResources/EB0209.pdf
University of Purdue - https://www.agry.purdue.edu/ext/pubs/2006NLossMechanisms.pdf