Fifth-wheel adapter

Get rid of the fifth-wheel hitch in the back of your pickup with a new RV1 Fifth Wheel Adapter. The RV1 allows operators to tow a trailer with a standard gooseneck hitch ball. The RV1 fastens to the king pin on a trailer. When uncoupling, the RV1 stays with the trailer. It features 4 in. of vertical adjustment to accommodate different truck and trailer heights and a 5-in. rearward offset that provides added trailer swing. The unit will handle gross trailer weight of 24,000 lbs. and gross tongue weight of 6,000 lbs.

Price: $365. Contact PopUp Industries Inc., Dept. FIN, 220 W. 14th St., Chanute, KS 66720, visit or

Acoustic grease job

For most farmers, keeping bearings lubricated means pumping the gun until grease squirts out the sides. Now there's a better way. An acoustic control device from UVLM Inc. lets you listen to a machine bearing to determine whether it needs more lube. Bearings that don't have enough grease are noisy. Well-lubed bearings are quiet.

The device works once the gun connects at the grease zerk nipple. The operator listens to amplified “acoustic” bearing noise through a headset, discerning problems associated with lack of lubricant or too much lubricant. Both cases greatly shorten the design life of a bearing. No additional procedure is necessary other than to continue to grease components in the normal manner.

For a producer with a large fleet of combines and tractors, the benefits of extended machine bearing life, reduced grease use and less equipment downtime can add up, potentially making the Ultra-Lube system's cost of $1,297 a good investment. Contact Ultra-Lube Division, UVLM Inc., Dept. FIN, 815 Sunrise Lane, Centralia, WA 98531, 800/736-3757, visit or