Compact track loader
Gehl track loaders are designed to perform in muddy conditions or tight spaces. The company says the loaders' rubber tracks and undercarriage provide superior traction and a larger ground surface contact area for improved stability. Tracks on the 67-hp CTL60 are 55 in. long and 12½ in. wide. The turbocharged, 101-hp CTL80 has 63-in. track length and 18-in. width.
Hydrostatic drive pumps provide counter-rotating tracks for maneuverability. Power is transferred to the undercarriage through planetary final drives.
Tracks are just part of the package on these loaders. Both models have roomy cabs, joystick controls and a six-way adjustable suspension seat. Hydraulic attachments can be controlled either by electrohydraulic push buttons located in the left-hand joystick or a foot pedal on the floor.
Tipping capacity is 4,630 lbs. on the CTL60 and 8,692 lbs. on the CTL80. Breakout force of the CTL60 is more than 6,700 lbs., and the CTL80 breakout force is more than 8,500 lbs. Ground speed is respectable as well, with the CTL60 attaining 6.3 mph in high gear and the CTL80 reaching nearly 7 mph. List prices start at $37,670. Contact Gehl Co., Dept. FIN, 143 Water St., West Bend, WI 53095, 800/628-0491, visit www.gehl.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin. Hydraulic tree clipper
Tired of hefting that chain saw to clean up fencerows? The Worksaver tree clipper is a faster and easier way to clear and trim trees and brush. The hydraulic clipper, which mounts on either side of a tractor front loader or skid-steer loader, can snip trees or branches with up to an 8-in. diameter. The unit cuts at ground level or can tilt and rotate for branch trimming. Depending on the loader used, you can reach branches up to 16 ft. high. The unit requires a minimum of 2,000-psi hydraulic pressure.
Several farmers we talked with at the Louisville Farm Show were impressed with the clipper and said it was something they could use on their farm. Most of their interest seemed to be for the TC8-SS skid-steer model. Being more maneuverable, a skid-steer loader would be easier to line up on branches, and the steel cage around the driver would protect the driver from falling, slapping branches. Some tractor loaders, though, might be able to reach higher branches.
Features include tempered-steel, self-centering blades; heavy-duty, 5- × 8-in. hydraulic cylinder; and hardened pivot bushings. List price: $3,295. Contact Worksaver Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 100, Litchfield, IL 62056, 217/324-5973, visit www.worksaver.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin. Commercial-size dryer
Mathews Company introduces a new tower dryer for the commercial market. The M-C model 2000 is a 12-ft.-dia. tower dryer that reaches 75 ft. 9 in. and is designed for very large farms. Before this model, the company's largest dryer was 10 ft. in diameter. The new dryer features stainless steel outside screens, grain exchangers for high-quality grain output, a 100-hp in-line centrifugal blower for quiet operation, and two external walkways. The dryer is built in a modular form, so construction time is reduced.
The new PathFind'r shank from Krause makes deep ripping possible on contours and terraces as well as in rocky soils. The new shank available for the Krause 4830 series in-line ripper features a pivoting design that allows the shank to deflect up to 6° each side of center. Therefore, the shank will pull through the ground more smoothly while reducing stress on an implement frame and hitch. The shank is a spring reset design and accepts all Krause in-line ripper points and attachments. The PathFind'r shank option is $262/shank over the price of a standard spring reset shank.
New chisel plows
Case IH says it designed its new PTX series chisel plows for heavy-duty performance and accuracy. The PTX300 and PTX 600 chisel plows feature heavy-duty tubular frame construction, single-cylinder depth control and high-residue clearance. The rigid-frame PTX300 offers working widths between 24 and 40 ft. with 24 to 40 shanks on 12-in. spacings. The flexible-frame PTX600 ranges from 26 to 62 ft. with shanks spaced at either 9 or 12 in. Equipped with a Case IH manifold and air package, this model also may be used for seeding and fertilizing.
“The Case IH PTX series chisel plows maintain uniform depth and excellent soil penetration to break up soil clods and flatten crop residue to guard against erosion,” reports Jacky Payne of Case IH seeders and chisel plows. The list price for a 30-ft. PTX300 is $18,000, and the list price for a 62-ft. PTX600 is $45,000. Contact Case Corp., Dept. FIN, 700 State St., Racine, WI 53404, 262/636-6011, visit www.caseih.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.