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.”