The Gehl Company hit the National Farm Machinery Show in full force with six new product lines, ranging from the world's largest skid-steer loader to round balers. The West Bend, WI, company boasted more new products than any other company exhibiting at the massive farm show. Here's what Gehl has to offer.

World's largest skid steer

If you're looking for digging and lifting power, check out the impressive 7800 skid-steer loader. Gehl claims this is the world's biggest skid steer with an operating load rating of 3,600 lbs. and a lift height of 11 ft. 10 in. It has a 110-hp turbo diesel engine and can cruise up to 14 mph. The hydraulic system runs with 3,300-psi system relief pressure and 40-gpm, high-flow auxiliary hydraulics. The large skid steer has an extra-large cab designed to reduce operator fatigue. Retail price: $44,500.

Gehl's 7600 model has a 90-hp diesel engine and an operating load rating of 3,150 lbs.

Mini-loaders

Gehl offers two new mini-loaders to tackle jobs that used to be done by hand. The Avantage mini-loaders are small, lightweight and easily maneuvered. The skid-steer model has a lift capacity of 700 lbs.; the articulated-steering model can lift up to 910 lbs. Both models are equipped with ROPS and padded seat. A 20-hp, 3-cyl. diesel engine powers the mini-loaders. Attachments, including buckets, pallet forks and trenchers, add to the units' versatility. Retail price: $22,200.

Compact power

For farmers who need a small-size skid-steer loader, Gehl offers two new compact models: the 3635 and 3935. According to the company, the loaders are quick and powerful with operating load ratings of 1,050 and 1,260 lbs. A high-torque, 3-cyl., 36-hp Yanmar engine provides fuel economy and low noise. Although the new models are compact, the company increased the size of their operator stations to improve comfort and convenience. The 3535 model retails for $18,600, and the 3935 sells for $20,500.

Excavator's dream machine

If you want to do your own dirt and excavation work, the compact Gehl excavators may fit the bill. For the first time, the company's excavators will be available through select Gehl ag dealers. The excavator line ranges from 3,600 to 25,000 lbs. and from 14 to 98 hp. Standard digging depths go from 6 ft. 10 in. to 15 ft. 9 in. The excavators feature an advanced, high-output hydraulic system that will deliver smooth operation without the loss of power or speed. The company reports these excavators are designed to be user-friendly while providing operator comfort, top digging power and maneuverability. Prices range from $24,500 to $83,000.

Telescoping ability

Move or haul just about anything on the farm, including bales, manure, silage and pallets, with Gehl's new Agri-Loader. The telescopic loader provides the reach and power required for heavy livestock operation work. It boasts a 7,000-lb. operating capacity, 3 cu. yds. of bucket capacity and 30-ft. maximum lift height, all powered with a 115-hp turbo diesel engine.

It is designed for easy maneuverability and a wide range of attachments, including bale forks and grapple buckets. The silage mill attachments allow the operator to bust into a packed silage trench. Retail price: $75,000.

Chew ’em up and spit ’em out

With an in-feed system that opens to almost 7 in., Gehl's new line of Variable Open Throat round balers chomp up large amounts of crop to speed haying time. The company claims that this system provides high-speed starts, faster ground speeds and increased bale capacity and produces more bales per hour.

The incoming crop is pulled off the baler's pickup by two in-feed rolls: a 6-in.-dia. pivoting roll at top and an 8-in.-dia. fixed roll on bottom. The pivoting top roll rides over the crop as it is pulled into the baling chamber. Spring tension increases as the baler's throat opens from ¾ in. to a maximum of about 7 in. The constant downward force of the upper roll combined with the fixed lower roll pinches the crop and forces it into the chamber.

Models 2480 STD and 2780 STD offer 540 rpm; 2580 and 2680 are available as Deluxe or Silage Special; and 2880 Deluxe offers optional 540/1,000 rpm. They range in price from $15,000 to $25,000.

For more information about any of these products, contact Gehl Co., Dept. FIN, Box 179, West Bend, WI 53095, 262/334-9461, www.Gehl.com.