This annual High Plains show in the heart of Kansas kicks off the spring show season. Here's a glimpse of the new products we found.
Ultrawide and compact drills The new 3S-4000 40-ft. Min-Till grain drill is the largest model in Great Plains' series of advanced folding rigs. This three-section drill has active hydraulic down pressure on the openers, which can be adjusted separately between sections, for even penetration in uneven ground. Wing sections flex 20 degrees up and 15 degrees down, and sub-frames flex to conform to ground contours whether seeding in 6-, 7__1/2- or 10-in. row spacing. Optional point-row clutches stop overseeding by allowing you to turn off individual sections. Seedbox capacity is 129.6 bu., and price range is $42,000 to $50,000.
For smaller fields or to handle such jobs as pasture renovation or wildlife feed plots, the company offers a new 6-ft. no-till or conventional drill in a 3-pt. or pull-type mount. They feature ground-driven metering, four-position speed change gearbox, double-disc openers, 12-bu. seed capacity and the option to handle small seeds and native grasses. Price range: $8,000 to $12,000. Contact Great Plains Mfg. Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 5060, Salina, KS 67402, 785/823-3276.
Minimum-till ripper For minimum soil disturbance and deep-till performance, take a look at Krause's new 3-pt.-mount 4830 series minimum-till ripper to fit 30-, 36-, 38- or 40-in. row spacings. Rigid or folding models are available with three to nine shanks that feature either spring or shear bolt reset. Other features include 22-in. coulters and ratchet adjustable depth gauge wheels. Price is not yet available. Contact Krause Corp., Dept. FIN, Box 2707, Hutchinson, KS 67504-2707, 316/663-6161.
Disc ripper A new-generation disc ripper from Krause, the 4880 series Landbuilder II, is offered as a five- or seven-shank model. New features include heavier mainframe front and rear beams, cross members and A-frame hitch beams; heavy-duty pivoting hitch clevis on a longer tongue; stronger shank beams and attachment mounts; chromium carbide wear plates on subsoil points, wing mounts and dorsal fin; stronger disc gang angle adjustment; and improved self-leveling linkage. Other features include 40-in. underframe clearance; 30-in. shank spacing; adjustable disc gang angles of 10 degrees, 15 degrees or 20 degrees; cutting width of 12__1/2 or 17__1/2 ft.; and a choiceof spring reset or shear bolt subsoil shanks. Price range: $21,121 to $28,560. Contact Krause Corp., Dept. FIN, Box 2707, Hutchinson, KS 67504-2707, 316/663-6161.
Bed protection John Schuckman offers a new cargo secure rack that fits behind the cab and protects it and secures cargo. Made of 1__1/2-in. square aluminum tubing and 14-gauge tread plate, it offers eight 5/8-in. dowels to attach tie-downs or cords. It fastens to the bed with angle iron, has optional cargo lamps and is available in white or aluminum. Price range: $193 to $305. Contact John Schuckman Enterprises, Dept. FIN, Box 1534, Hays, KS 67601, 785/628-2752.
Mid-mount loaders For a custom fit on the latest 50- to 140-hp tractors, Great Bend offers four new 2100 series front-end loaders. A new Posi-Lock pedestal mount offers one-step attaching/detaching, which secures with a heavy-duty 1-in. eyebolt. The rugged mounting kit is constructed to form a 31/4- and 33/4-in. steel tower that cushions and distributes loader forces over the tractor frame, while allowing a shorter turning radius on front-wheel-assist tractors. Price range: $7,100 to $8,000. Contact Great Bend Mfg., Dept. FIN, Box 829, Great Bend, KS 67530, 800/825-1701.
Seed mover New at 3i was a bulk seed tender from CrustBuster/Speed King that will hold either 65, 240 or 540 bu. in a 12-gauge steel box. To gently move any grain, a 5__1/2-hp Honda manual start engine moves product through a 6-in.-dia. tube, with easy filling from a flexible telescoping discharge spout. Price for the small model is $3,389; price on the larger models remains to be set. Contact CrustBuster/Speed King Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 1438, Dodge City, KS 67801, 316/227-7106.
Tall ATV transport If you want to carry two ATVs in your pickup without towing a trailer, check out the ATV-Rac invented by John Schuckman. Built from aluminum square tubing, the rack consists of bed caps that bolt into the four stake pockets and four 16-in.-wide tracks that go across the bed to hold the ATVs. A pair of folding ramps are offered in either 9- or 11-ft. lengths. Schuckman says interest in his product has grown because it allows you to retain bed storage space and will handle any ATV that's not longer than the width of a truck bed. Price: $995 to $1,015. Contact John Schuckman Enterprises, Dept. FIN, Box 1534, Hays, KS 67601, 785/628-2752.