Duk And Coverage

Renovated Farmer Rig

According to Dennis Roth, ag location manager for Agriliance-Wilco LLC in Mount Angel, OR, the outlet was in search of an additional sprayer for its operations back in the late 1990s, but wasn’t in the market for a brand new model. As luck would have it, one of the cooperative’s grower-customers had an old Rears Duk unit from 1993 that he was planning to sell.

“Considering what we needed at the time, the Duk was perfect — durable and versatile, with the right design for us to make it our own,” says Roth.

Once the sale was complete, the facility made a few changes to the Duk. A simple cab was added to protect the operator and the unit was fitted for a dry fertilizer spinner box to be able to apply crop nutrients during the busy spring planting season. At that point, adds Roth, the Duk was already equipped with a 525-gallon stainless steel product tank, 60-foot spray booms, and a 75-hp Perkins diesel engine.

Since 1999, says Roth, the refurbished unit — affectionately nicknamed “The Rubber Duk” by the custom application crew — has logged countless hours working the crop fields of west central Oregon. “It’s a real easy machine to operate and doesn’t give us too much trouble to maintain,” he says. “All in all, picking up the Duk was a great bargain for us.”

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  1. Anonymous

    I found out about the Rears DUK on Combine forum. I put a 120 foot 3 Pt sprayer on a JD 5525 Hi crop for a real Mudder sprayer, But since I have seen The DUK I must admitt I can see it is a better mudding machine, It is surely a fanominal Machine, I run mechanical 4 wheel drive mechanical pump, I know all about the Mechanical advantages, from pulling back on the throttle and how it effects the GPA gallons per acre. I have a computer controler and it doesn’t make much difference running on MAN or AUTO once the preasure is set. Some one should tell some sprayer manufactures about those light weight Mech. 4 wheel drive machines. We aught to have a Mudd baugg and see just which sprayers can really get through the Mudd. I am sure the DUK will probubly get first place.