Here's a look at some of the new products we uncovered after traversing the 65-acre "tent city" located just outside Windall, IN.
Large Deere tracks
In an unprecedented move, Deere & Company offered a sneak preview of a prototype 9300 high-horsepower track concept vehicle at several fall shows. According to Jack Wiley, principal engineer at Deere's Technical Center in Moline, IL, several of these units are undergoing field tests now, with market introduction scheduled for next fall. Although details about the tractor line are not available, Wiley says that the design concept is based on the current 8000T but that the 9300 series will have a much heavier undercarriage and rear end. Horsepower, cab and other features will be comparable to Deere's current 4-wd 9000 series wheeled tractors.
A taller tower
For large farm operations in need of expanded drying capabilities, the Mathews Company offers its new M-C 101075 large-capacity, continuous-flow tower dryer. The company installed its first 48-ft. grain dryer on an operation with 700,000 hens in Frankfort, IN, just down the road from the show. The 10-ft.-dia. tower has a 953-bu. holding capacity and features 12-in. grain columns, stainless steel floors, suction cooling and three 25-hp motors with 3,450-rpm vane axial fans. Mathews says that one added advantage of the tower dryer is that it takes up much less space on the farm than a horizontal continuous-flow grain dryer. Contact Mathews Co., Dept. FIN, Box 70, Crystal Lake, IL 60039-0070, 815/459-2210 or circle 225.
New Holland claims that its new 42- to 62-hp PTO, 3-cyl. TN series tractors deliver added convenience and maneuverability. Two features never before seen on blue 3-cyl. rigs are a comfortable cab and the company's exclusive SuperSteer. The suspended and pressurized cab has heat and air, two doors, tilt/telescoping steering, front and rear wipers/washers and a best-in-class lighting package. The SuperSteer front-wheel-drive axle makes TNS tractors the most maneuverable all-purpose rigs around. Transmission options include an 8 x 8 or 16 x 16 synchronized transmission with mechanical or power shuttle (clutchless), and the TNS models can automatically engage front wheel drive only when needed. Contact New Holland North America Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 1895, New Holland, PA 17557-0903, 717/355-1371 or circle 226.
Replacing its 35 series tractors, New Holland kicked off its new TL line of 56- to 82-hp PTO tractors at the show. Upgrades include an exhaust stack thats been moved to the right front pillar on cab models, new heavy-duty rear differential, two mid-mount valves and couplers with dedicated joystick control, numerous cab improvements, tilt/telescoping steering, a second steering cylinder on the front wheel drive for improved steering, and a larger fuel tank. These four models offer four different transmissions; a high-capacity, 14-gpm hydraulic flow; a quick-lift, 3-pt. lift system with strong lift capacity; and an electrohydraulic PTO for smooth power flow. Price: $27,000 to $54,000. Contact New Holland North America Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 1895, New Holland, PA 17557-0903, 717/355-1371 or circle 227.
New Holland has relabeled its popular 18- to 33-hp Boomer line as the Boomer TC series and has added two new models (18 and 21 hp). Changes to the 3-cyl. diesel engines reduce smoke, noise and overall vibration. All five models are available in economy or deluxe packages, depending on the features desired. Price: $8,000 to $17,000. Contact New Holland North America Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 1895, New Holland, PA 17557-0903, 717/355-1371 or circle 228.
Hot off the assembly line is New Holland's model 648 silage special round baler for 4- x 5-ft. bales. The company claims to have beefed up the machine by adding larger chain idler springs for proper tension, tougher bearings for follower and drive rolls, heavy-duty cam-follower bearings in wide pickups, stronger pickup lift cranks, heavy-duty wheel hubs and longer-lasting curved pickup tines. And this model offers the optional Bale-Slice system for easier feeding and heavier, denser bales. Contact New Holland North America Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 1895, New Holland, PA 17557-0903, 717/355-1371 or circle 229.
New cart player
Richardton and Sunflower are teaming up to bring you a new line of grain carts, based on a purchase from A&L Mfg. Richardton, the manufacturer, says final plans for its cart line are still in the works, but the company plans to initially offer two side-auger models with a capacity of 500 to 550 bu., plus three or four carts with large corner augers that will hold from 650 to 850 bu. Sunflower, the marketer, says an early order program will be in place November 1. Contact Sunflower Mfg. Co. Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 566, Beloit, KS 67420, 800/748-8481 or circle 230.
Heavy harvest hauler
This 700-bu. wagon (model 747A) is the largest wagon from Art's-Way. It features side-to-center grain chutes, unibody construction, 4-wheel hydraulic surge brakes, rugged frame, axle and yolk design, front and side windows, unloading light, rear brake lights and used, retreaded truck tires. Contact Art's-Way Mfg. Co. Inc., Box 288, Armstrong, IA 50514, 712/864-3131 or circle 231.
Steel and chemical weeder
Redball previewed a prototype of its new 220 Culti-Spray 3-pt.-mounted rig for show goers. This combination over-the-row hooded sprayer with single-sweep, conservation tillage cultivator shanks performs two functions in one pass. Developed for use in minimum-tillage situations, it helps reduce herbicide cost per acre by using hoods that spray a band 10, 15 or 20 in. wide. It features a 150- or 300-gal. tank and basic Redball sprayer monitor. The company plans to make the sprayer available in sizes from 6 to 16 rows. Price: $1,100/row without tank or pump. Contact Custom Ag Products, Dept. FIN, Box 159, Benson, MN 56215, 800/225-8082 or circle 232.