To get into wet fields sooner and maximize critical spraying windows, the Patriot 4430 utilizes the series’ industry exclusive cab-forward, rear-enginedesign for more even weight distribution. This reduces rutting and soil compaction, even as the tank empties.

To simplify operation, the Patriot 4430 offers an optional 120-foot boom with the AutoFold Plus boom fold/unfold feature. The AutoFold Plus raises booms out of the cradle and initiates the unfolding process usinga single switch. About 30 seconds later, the inner-, mid- and outer-boom sections are completely unfolded and the center section height has lowered to its most recent setting.

This return-to-height feature eliminates any guesswork about boom height when moving from field to field. Folding the booms is simply the same process in reverse.

The Patriot 4430’s 1,200-gallon capacity tank comes equipped with full length sparge and rinse tubes for product agitation and tank cleaning. Plumbing options can be added to handle low-flow, standard, or high-flow application rates, such as for liquid fertilizer.

Equipping the Patriot with AFS AccuGuide autoguidance reduces skips and overlaps, eliminates foam marker expense, and minimizes operator fatigue. AccuBoom automatic boom section control automatically turns on and off boom sections based on GPS-based as-applied maps.

Case IH has also introduced the new 2012 Maxxum tractor lineup, now equipped with  enhanced operator controls, fuel-saving Tier 4A engines, and more powerful hydraulics to deliver livestock and mixed farm operations the best possible balance of productivity, fuel efficiency and versatility.

The Maxxum Series now offers the choice of a standard base package, or deluxe "MultiController" configuration, with six models to choose from in each. Both packages offer 4 or 6 cylinder engines with electronic common rail fuel system.

The new, optional MultiControl Armrest console brings all vital tractor operations within easy reach, with the handle itself containing six key tractor functions literally at the operator's fingertips. Handle functions include engine speed, transmission gear, forward/reverse shuttle, hydraulic remote, hitch, and automatic end-of-row function.

The MultiControl armrest console was developed with extensive producer input throughout its development. This customer-driven process incorporated the suggestions of producers across North America, and resulted in 80 percent of operators' typical motions being located within the palm of their hand.

An integrated electro-hydraulic joystick option is also available, for easy front-end loader work with less fatigue. Operators have also found the integral joystick works very well when used in conjunction with rear hydraulic remotes, for easy operation of rear implements such pull-type mower conditioners, or any rear implement that involves feathering or frequent use of hydraulic remotes.

The MultiControl Armrest also features an integrated control pad for comfortable, comprehensive tractor control of less frequently used functions within arm's reach.

The pressure-sensitive touchpad includes functions for constant engine speed, auto PTO and auto shift, along with hitch position control.