With each new February in Louisville, the drill gets a little more intense. Find a place to park, squeeze past the hordes of teenagers clad in FFA jackets, walk all day, eat a pork sandwich or two and then try to remember where you parked your car. All that, and you still won't see a fraction of all the new and sometimes unusual products at the National Farm Machinery Show. We sorted through the heavy machinery, hand tools, power tools, and high-tech electronics to show you some of the products that we and our Team FIN farmers hadn't seen before.
Low-profile loader, new spreader
Westendorf Manufacturing Company designed its new 340 loader to complement new, smooth-shaped tractors with its own sleek, low-profile look that includes hidden hoses. The loader's smooth design provides clear sight lines for the operator and eliminates snags on hydraulic lines. No stand is needed for the loader; its tower stabilizer allows it to stand free. A snap-attach system lets the operator hook up the next attachment without getting off the tractor. Price: $6,800. Circle 200.
Westendorf claims that its Cat Claw attachment will double the work of an existing loader. It may be used in jobs from hauling trash, branches and fence posts to cleaning up silage pits, feed lots and hay stacks. The Cat Claw works better than other grab forks because dual pivot points allow it to reach out past the bucket's front edge and over the material to crush it back into the bucket, according to the company. A Quick-Tach design allows fast hydraulic mounting and dismounting of the claw. Price: $1,855. Circle 201.
Westendorf also introduces a Dump Spreader with a 90° tilt that allows all the material to be unloaded. When in the up position, a unique patented dump motion shifts weight continuously so it is centered over the wheelbase. Electronic flow controls may be mounted in the cab. EZ-Spin expellers are hydraulically powered to provide a consistent spreading pattern. Price: $13,500. Circle 202.
Big loader, fast attach
MDS Manufacturing Company introduces a new high-capacity loader bucket and quick-release grapple fork. The new bucket is constructed of 3/16-in. high-grade steel, is 8 ft. wide and holds 2 cu. yds. of material. It includes a weld-on bucket blade and a bolt-on reversible cutting edge, both of tempered steel. The grapple fork features quick dismount and provides a large, 7-ft. opening. Price: $3,995. Circle 203.
A new Sur-Lock Quik-Tach system is also available from MDS for 570-580 Case industrial loader backhoes. The Quik-Tach allows an operator to simply drive up, attach and go, all in about 90 seconds. Various attachments are available. Price: $1,987. Circle 204.
A new molding technique makes the Super Tuff Rebounder from Schaffert Manufacturing Company more durable than the original Rebounder. The company claims that the new Rebounder, with a new orange color, lasts two to three times longer than the original white Rebounder while providing the same advantages. The company reports that the plastic molecules in the Super Tuff model act like little springs to make it wear better while seeds travel down it into a furrow. It works with John Deere, Great Plains, Kinze, White, Monosem and Yetter planters.
Bush Hog utility vehicles
Bush Hog introduces four new off-road utility vehicles geared for the farm. The smallest model is the Trail Hunter 420 with a Briggs & Stratton 480-cc engine, a cargo box with a load capacity of 500 lbs., and the ability to tow 1,500 lbs. The Trail Hunter 440 features a Honda 614-cc engine and the same load and towing capacities. The Trail Hand 4200 and 4400 models are equipped with a Honda 670-cc engine, a cargo box that holds 1,000 lbs. and a towing capacity of 1,500 lbs. All the models feature MacPherson strut, single A-arm, coil-over-shock front suspension; independent, trailing arm, coil-over-shock rear suspension; continuously variable transmission; and speeds up to 25 mph.
Prices range from $6,999 for the 2-wd model to $8,899 for 4-wd models. Contact Bush Hog, Dept. FIN, Box 1039, Selma, AL 36702-1039, 334/874-2700, visit www.bushhog.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin, or circle 206.
Gehl skid-steer loaders
Gehl Company introduces several new loaders to the ag market. The new 40 series has four new models in the mid-size loader category. Operating weights range from 6,200 lbs. on the 4640 to 7,800 lbs. for the 6640, and load weights range from 1,500 to 2,400 lbs. The loaders are equipped with 2011 series Deutz diesel engines with 46 to 82 hp. The company claims that the 40 series loaders have larger operating compartments with more head, shoulder and leg room than other mid-size loader models have. Prices range from $22,000 to $32,000. Circle 207.
According to Gehl, its new 7000 series loaders feature more power, speed and lift capacity than other loaders on the market. The 7610 is powered with an 86-hp Perkins Tier II diesel engine. It handles a 3,400-lb. operating load. Gehl's largest model, the 7810, features a 115-hp Perkins Tier II turbocharged diesel engine and an industry-high, 3,675-lb. rated operating load. The 7000 series loaders have several new features, including true vertical-lift linkage to provide consistent forward reach throughout the entire lift cycle. Prices range from $42,000 to $46,000. Circle 208.
Gehl also is adding the CTL70 model to fill the gap between two popular compact track loader models already on the market. The compact track loaders are operated with a steering wheel. The CTL70 features a dedicated undercarriage and unique rubber track design that is 18 in. wide. The model is equipped with an 82-hp Isuzu turbocharged diesel engine. It will handle loads of 2,976 lbs. and boasts a breakout force of 7,401 lbs. Price of the CTL70 is $18,000. Circle 209.
A Cat in a Cub
Caterpillar's diesel engines aren't just for big tractors. Now Cub Cadet is selling two compact tractor models powered with Caterpillar engines. The new Cub Cadet 7284D and 7284T hydrostatic compact tractors are powered with Cat's 28-hp, 3-cyl., liquid-cooled 3011C engines. Cub Cadet reports it chose the Cat engines because they are quiet, efficient and meet Tier II emissions standards. The company also liked the service and parts availability provided by Caterpillar. The compact tractors boast PosiTrak, on-demand 4-wd with hydrostatic transmission.
JCB loader, tractor
JCB introduces its Loadall 520-40 to the ag market. The new Loadall is compact yet powerful with a 50-hp diesel engine. It is equipped with full-time 4-wd and 4-wheel steering. Hydrostatic transmission and a joystick that controls the boom movement and direction of travel make the loader easy to operate. The Loadall will lift 4,000 lbs. to 13 ft. 2 in., and at maximum forward reach, it will lift 2,000 lbs. 8 ft. 4 in. The quick-attach system on the loader will accept many skid-steer loader attachments. It features a walk-in, walk-out cab. Price $50,000. Circle 211.
JCB also introduces a new model in its Fastrac line. The 2140 boasts speeds up to 32 mph and a 155-hp, turbocharged Cummins engine. Three-link front suspension and hydro-pneumatic rear suspension produce a smooth ride. Implements may be mounted on the front, rear or deck. The tractor includes five steering modes from 2-wheel steering to crab steer. Quadtronic 4-wheel steering is optional. Price: $96,650. Circle 212.
Powered by Perkins
The new FT704 Eagle tractor produced in China features a 70-hp, 4-cyl., direct-injection Perkins engine. This is the first Eagle model with a Perkins engine. The new 4-wd tractor with a shock-absorbing suspended cab and 63-hp PTO retails for $21,990.
Compact Kioti tractors
Two new utility tractor models from the Korean manufacturer Kioti are now available. The compact CK25 with 25 hp and the CK30 with 30 hp are designed for utility work around the farm. Both models are available with manual or hydrostatic transmission. The Kioti diesel engines produce low noise and vibration while meeting or exceeding EPA regulations.
Suggested list prices: manual CK25, $12,650; manual CK30, $14,450; HST CK25, $13,750; HST CK30, $15,390. Contact Kioti Tractor Division Daedong-USA, 877/465-4684, visit www.kiotitractor.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin, or circle 214.
Oil barrel caddy
The new Barrel Caddy from Schlueter Equipment Sales will easily handle up to a 55-gal. barrel. You simply mount a barrel on the caddy and then roll the caddy to where the barrel is needed.
Price: $150. Contact Schlueter Equipment Sales, Dept. FIN, Box 185, Royal, IL 61871, 217/583-3237, visit www.freeproductinfo.net/fin, or circle 215.
36-ft. air header
The largest true flex header using air technology in the industry, the Crary AirHead uses two high-pressure fans, an air reel and a specialized cutting system to reduce shatter loss. Air blows from the fans through a manifold, which distributes airflow across the front of the cutterbar, literally blowing the crop into the auger. Air speed is adjustable from 0 to 100 mph. A perforated screen and back plates allow air and dust to escape through the machine so less dust flies up in front of the cab. The cutterbar floats in a range of 3½ in. and can tilt 9°. The header also can be locked in a rigid position. It fits on most combines by changing an insert.
Massey Ferguson tractors
One of the many brands now under the AGCO umbrella, Massey Ferguson tractors carved out a larger-than-usual chunk of show floor space this year. Farmers took special note of upgraded engines, cabs and transmission options in Massey's low- to mid-range-horsepower tractors for loader work, mowing and haying.
The 400 series models have 42 to 85 PTO hp. The Perkins 3- or 4-cyl. naturally aspirated diesel engines are designed to be simple and reliable. The 491 and 492 models are turbocharged.
A new engine feature, called the Fastram piston face, burns fuel more efficiently for more power, lower emissions and quieter operation. As in past Massey tractors, the long-stroke design provides high torque at low engine rpm.
Value models are basic flat platform tractors that come with fold-down ROPS. Optional features add comfort and maneuverability. Synchro-shuttle transmission allows quick shifting between forward and reverse. A creeper transmission, power steering, 4-wd and high-capacity hydraulics are also available. Prices range from $15,843 to $40,079. Circle 217.
The 5400 series Massey also uses the new Perkins engine technology, but in a more deluxe model in the 60- to 90-hp range. In addition to a roomy, glassed-in cab, standard features include synchronized manual shuttle with 16×16 “speedshift” transmission and a Cat. II 3-pt. hitch with electronic linkage control. Optional features include an economy PTO for reduction on engine speed, creep and super-creep speed control and special packages for improved visibility and implement control, including attachments such as loaders, buckets, grapple fork and round bale spear. Prices range from $28,325 to $72,794. Circle 218.
Set your boom height and go. The TrueBoom height control system uses sensitive touchdown trigger points to activate lift cylinders on each boom. The system can follow the level of the land or be set to return to level after triggering. The spring-coil physical sensor system costs less than ultrasonic sensors and reduces false readings. The TrueBoom system, which is standard equipment on all 120- and 132-ft. sprayers from Spray-Air Technologies, also can be installed aftermarket on a wide variety of spray booms.