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September 11, 2000

Ag-Chem Issues Safety Alert Regarding Self-Propelled Agricultural Sprayers

Minnetonka, MN (SafetyAlerts) - Ag-Chem Equipment Co., Inc. (Ag-Chem), announced today that it has issued a Safety Alert and is undertaking a major Product Improvement Program pertaining to a component in specific models of its self-propelled agricultural sprayers. The subject sprayers were marketed under the brand name "RoGatorĀ®". The notice relates only to RoGator Model Nos. 663, 664, 844 and 854 manufactured in model years 1999 and earlier and a limited number of model year 2000 RoGator 854's. This Safety Alert and Product Improvement Program address a serious safety concern surrounding a vendor-supplied component; specifically the cast iron axle in the BB5 wheel motors built into such models.

In light of Ag-Chem's concern for the safety of owners, operators and bystanders, and in an effort to improve the operational dependability of these machines, Ag-Chem is planning to replace these axles. Although there have been instances of axle failures, no personal injuries have been reported to date as a result of these failures. Until such time as the axles are replaced, operators are being provided a list of steps they should take to reduce the potential for failure and to reduce the risks if such a failure does occur. The replacements will be done as quickly as possible, but Ag-Chem has been informed by its supplier that it will take approximately one year to produce the replacement axles.

Although the financial impact of this Safety Alert and Product Improvement Program has yet to be determined, Ag-Chem expects that a provision will be made during Ag-Chem's 4th quarter ending September 30, 2000 which will be reflected in Ag-Chem's financial statements to be included in its Form 10-K, expected to be filed during December.

For additional information regarding Safety Alert and Product Improvement Program, customers are urged to visit Ag-Chem's web site: www.agchem.com or to call Ag-Chem's Product Support Center at 1-800-760-8800.

 
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