Computerized maintenance assistant
EZ Maintenance software from Link-It Software organizes and stores maintenance data on all types of farm equipment, vehicles and buildings. The software allows you to keep track of schedules for routine maintenance for up to a year. For example, you can track engine hours, tire wear miles, tire position, and oil and filter changes in tractors, and discover what parts were used and who performed the work. You can print maintenance schedules for all equipment on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis.
The software can help you meet Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) requirements by recording an equipment operator's licensing information, special training and qualifications. Any driver incidents also can be monitored, and vehicle license expiration dates can be tracked.
The EZ Maintenance software will work on any IBM-based personal computer. The program links with most Microsoft office applications such as Excel or Access.
The program supports bar coding to help identify equipment or parts. It includes multilevel permission and supervisory password control.
PFadvantage from Ag Leader Technology is a general-purpose monitor and controller designed to monitor grain, cotton and bulk crops for reliable field records and yield maps.
You can use it for hybrid comparisons, as-applied mapping and variable rate application. The monitor is a reengineered version of the former PF3000 and PF 3000 Pro product lines.
Tractor restoring guide
The job of restoring a used tractor just got easier with the book How to Restore Classic Farm Tractors published by Voyageur Press. The book walks readers through the restoration process from disassembly to engine rebuild, painting and final detailing. It contains 300 color photos along with tips, techniques and money-saving advice from restorers. Written by Tharran E. Gaines, the books retails for $29.95, plus $4.95 for shipping and handling.
Also available from Voyageur is The Field Guide to John Deere Tractors, by Don Macmillan, a leading Deere historian. The new guide includes 230 color photos and information about more than 500 models. The 6- × 9-in. book is easy to carry and sells for $19.95, plus $4.95 for shipping and handling. Contact Voyageur Press, Dept. FIN, Box 338, Stillwater, MN 55082, 800/888-9653, visit www.voyageurpress.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin, or circle 196.
A lack of good cellular phone access is not an issue when using Midland Radio Corporation's model 80-150/400 portable two-way radios. The 14-oz. radios are 5.75 in. high × 2.8 in. wide × 1.5 in. deep without the antennae. The radios' knobs and buttons are designed to allow the operator to use them even when wearing bulky work gloves. A standard 1200 mAH Nickel Metal Hydride rechargeable battery comes with each unit.
Two-way radio models are available to operate on conventional user-licensed VHF (148 to 174 MHz) or UHF (440 to 470 MHz) frequencies. The radios can communicate up to 5 miles, in 5W mode, with radios on the same FCC-licensed VHF frequency. Terrain and environmental conditions will affect reception in some cases.