Iron efficiency

New chisel plow bleeds red.

The 5850 is the newest Case IH chisel plow to roll off the line at the company's Fargo, ND, plant. Compared to the earlier 5800, the entry angle of the 5850's shanks is 50% smaller and the wing angle of its sweeps is 33% lower, improving durability and decreasing horsepower requirements. An added benefit is that less soil is thrown to the surface and more crop residue remains exposed, helping to prevent soil erosion.

Other improvements include a reinforced head bracket and mounting clamp, and a lower sweep mounting hole in the shank to help prevent bolt and nut wear. Prices for the new plow range from $5,378 for the 13-ft. mounted version to $36,399 for the 53-ft. double-fold model.

Automatic self-leveling hitches are standard. Floating hitches with caster wheels can be added for an additional $67 to $93. The option works with the mainframe walking beam wheels to hug the terrain. A positive leveling crank on either the standard or optional hitch helps achieve side leveling and depth control. Contact Case Corp., Dept. FIN, 700 State St., Racine, WI 53404, 262/636-5678 or circle 194.

Future of shortliners

NAEDA Equipment Dealer, the magazine for national agricultural machinery dealers, asked several shortline company execs what path their companies might take based on moves by major manufacturers. Here's what they expect:

  • Some shortliners will sell direct to the farmer.

  • Farmers will order equipment online and pick it up at their local dealerships.

  • Shortline-only dealers will emerge.

  • Dealers will sell non-ag equipment or items such as feed and seed.

Plate loader

Miller Farm Loaders is marketing a sturdy loader constructed from 1-in.-thick plates rather than tubes. Plates have much more strength than tubes, says Doug Kraayenhof, a Miller sales representative. Durability is the big advantage of these loaders.

The firm manufactures five types of loaders ranging from 50-hp, 2-wd tractors to 250-hp, front-wheel-assist tractors. The units' durability also helps prevent tractor strain. All Miller loaders feature 1-in.-thick main lift arms, easy on-off tractor mounting and a quick-attach bucket. They also feature a guide frame that absorbs loader side loads and a bucket position indicator. Retail price ranges from $4,195 to $7,500, depending on the model. Attachments such as a bale spear, push blade and pallet fork also may be added for an additional fee. Contact Miller Farm Loaders, Dept. FIN, 1242 Arizona Ave., Larchwood, IA 51241, 800/570-8205, www.millerloaders.com or circle 193.

Motorized ball valve

Keep your implements continuously oiled with new compact valves from Source Fluid Power.

The new valve, model SFP25370, releases oil into the flow system slowly instead of all at once. It combines two of the company's Motorized Flow Control valves into a single package and provides remote electric control of any two hydraulic functions. Use the valve on most any machine, including fertilizer spreaders, windrowers, sprayers, manure spreaders, balers, planters and even center-pivot irrigators. The valve can accommodate system flows up to 50 gpm; it has a maximum operating pressure of 3,000 psi. Price range: $279 to $726. Contact Source Fluid Power, Dept. FIN, 331 Lake Hazeltine Dr., Chaska, MN 55318, 952/368-3866 or circle 192.

Ahhhhh! Cool skid steer

Keep cool while doing your chores this summer with a new air conditioning system in Bobcat's enclosed-cab 863, 873 or 963 skid steers or 864 compact-track loaders. Located on the upper left of the cab, the temperature control panel features a control dial and three-speed fan dial. You can lower the cab temperature to 30F. Four adjustable air vents direct the air according to your preference. The company claims that the units do not affect operator visibility. Contact Bobcat Co., Dept. FIN, Box 6000, West Fargo, ND 58078, 701/241-8740, www.bobcat.com or circle 195.

did you know?

When removing duals, you are doubling the load stress on the remaining tires. Use larger rear tires when switching to single rear tires on large tractors. Massey Ferguson Today

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Road safety

The Equipment Manufacturers Institute now offers its extensive database of agricultural equipment road regulations on its Web site (www.emi.org). Subjects include weights and dimensions, lighting regulations, and licensing requirements, per state.

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Research before you buy

Research Michelin's complete line of agricultural products and specific applications on the company's new Web site. An interactive tire selector lets you choose a rim size and determine which radial will be best suited for certain equipment and jobs. A list of authorized Michelin dealers is also included. www.michelin.com

Hydraulics to replace camshaft

Considered a breakthrough in engine design, a prototype engine from International Truck and Engine Corporation runs without a camshaft. Instead, a high-speed hydraulic actuator operates the engine valves by responding to the engine's computer system.

The company claims that the result is complete control over the valve cycle to improve low-end torque, fuel efficiency, and emissions and to reduce weight to allow the engine to act as a compression brake.

Reduce the risk of buying used

The riskiest place to buy machinery is a consignment auction: It usually has no maintenance records, no one knows for sure why a machine is being sold, and the pace of the auction may be too fast to keep up.

According to Dave Resch, Scott County, MN, educator, probably the safest place to buy is from a local dealer. Ask him to provide maintenance records, machinery history, any warranties or guarantees in writing and an operator's manual. University of Minnesota Extension Service

did you know?

Each year, 33,000 children under the age of 20 are seriously injured on farms; more than 100 are killed. Most agricultural fatalities involve head injuries, occur from May to August and happen in the Midwest. Half of the fatalities involve transportation incidents; tractors are the major cause of vehicle-related deaths. National Institute for Farm Safety

Buy, sell, trade

The brainchild of a Kansas wheat farmer, Machinerylink lets you buy, sell, share or trade machinery online. Access the Web site through www.agriclick.com. Agriclick offers minute-by-minute market and futures prices, local weather alerts and breaking news about government and trade. Agriclick is also home to farmindustrynews.com.