Midwest farmers pounded the sandy aisles of this year's Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, NE. Exhibitors were upbeat, and farmers appeared to be buying. One exhibitor reported that he sold more in the first day of the show than he did in the entire three days of Farmfest held earlier this year in Minnesota. Here's a look at some of the hot new products at the show.
Poly tanks for wide-track tractors
These new polyethylene tanks can be mounted between the track and tractor on Caterpillar Wide-Trac and Deere 8000T series models for your liquid applications. In the past, tanks for these tractors were made of stainless steel, which made them heavier and more expensive. Each tank has a capacity of 260 gal. and capacity markings on 25-gal. intervals and comes with a three-year limited warranty.
Tanks mount in a 12-gauge steel pan and are secured with nylon straps. They are mounted higher than the lowest point on the hard mast, allowing for 21 in. of ground clearance. The tank pan clamps onto the front hard mast, and a 3/8-in. plate mounts into existing holes on the mainframe in the rear. Tanks then slide into the pan for securing. Suggested list price: $2,550 per set, including hardware. Contact Agri-Products Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 542, York, NE 68467, 800/288-1117.
With a sprayer named Nitro, you might expect knock down, drag out weed control. And Miller Application Technologies claims that its latest highboy sprayers, models 200HT and 275, will give you just that. Heavy-duty wheel motors provide 66% more torque, and the company's Torq-Trac, hydrostatic drive system produces 52% more spray output, according to the company.
Air-Flex suspension maintains traction through rough terrain; weight is distributed evenly from front to back and side to side. The 275 features a Deere 90-series cab and is powered by a Cummins QSB 275-hp, air-to-air, after-cooled engine. Crop clearance is 6 ft., and tank sizes are 1,000 and 1,200 gal. Price range is $120,000 to $140,000. Contact Miller-St. Nazianz Inc., Dept. FIN, 511 E. Main St., St. Nazianz, WI 54232, 800/964-8769.
This 24-row, 30-in. cultivator features a new 1700 series Tri-Fold toolbar that folds up into three, 8-row cultivators stacked to provide a narrow transport width of 25 ft. wide and 131/2 ft. tall. It will be in limited production this first year. It comes equipped with a 9300 series row unit but may feature other row units as well. Suggested list price: $53,000 to $57,000 complete with lift-assist wheels. Contact Orthman Mfg. Inc., Dept. FIN, Box B, Lexington, NE 68850, 800/658-3270.
Why not split it?
Schaffert Manufacturing has added a simple yet sensible hose splitter to its Rebounder liquid fertilizer applicator.
The Y-Not Split-It is a clear plastic tube shaped like a Y that attaches to the end of the fertilizer hose. As it goes through the furrow, it delivers fertilizer or starter to both sides of the seed trench so you don't drench the seed. It fits Deere, Kinze, AGCO White, Monosem, Landoll, Case IH and most no-till drills. Contact Schaffert Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, Box 157, Indianola, NE 69034, 800/382-2607.
Jackson Products steps up to the plate with what it claims is the only auto-darkening filter that lets you use one hood for any welding process.
The 3N1 EQC filter lens offers three modes of operation: grind, weld and cut. Easy-to-reach buttons let you pick and choose modes without removing your hood. It runs off two AAA batteries. To keep you safe from eye damage, the filter automatically protects to a Shade 14 if batteries are dead. The lens works with the company's Shadow or Prism helmets. Price: $303 for cartridge; $326 for cartridge and helmet. Contact Jackson Products Inc., Dept. FIN, 2997 Clarkson Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63017, 636/207-2750.
Last fall, RHS introduced the Bestway Field-Pro III sprayer line, offering first a 1,600-gal.-capacity unit. Now it fills the medium-size sprayer market with the Field-Pro III 1200.
With a capacity of 1,200 gal., this workhorse sprays up to 75 acres/hr. using a choice of either a 60- or 80-ft. boom. The wings of the boom are constructed of lightweight composite material and are controlled by a Fasse, seven-function joystick or control box, using one hydraulic outlet. A hydraulic accumulator controls suspension; boom height is 20 to 65 in. List price: approximately $28,000 fully equipped. Contact RHS Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 394, Hiawatha, KS 66434, 800/247-3808, www.rhs-inc.com.
Welder with a sweet spot
Take away some of the guesswork conventional welders can create with Lincoln's new Power Mig 255 welder. It features digital wire speed and voltage controls that can be preset for fine resolution at low settings. The unit's cast alloy drive system includes dual-driven drive rolls and split-wire guides that provide 100% wire support for reliable feeding of steel, stainless steel, aluminum and cored wires. A patented choke design, Diamond Core, produces inductance across the entire welding range for easy starting, a soft, stable arc, low spatter and a wide sweet spot, according to the manufacturer. Price range: $1,400 to $1,600. Contact Lincoln Electric Co., Dept. FIN, 22801 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44117, 216/481-8100.