New tile plows JM Innovations is the kind of company that seems to grow because of its own demand. About 20 years ago when the owners needed an ATV sprayer, they built one. "Same thing with this tile plow," says Jeff Mick. "We found a need for tiling on our farm so we built the TileMaster."
The JM plow is different from other tile plows: Instead of a round boot that has a tendency to drag against the tile, this unit has a 4-, 5- and 6-in. square boot. "When you put the round tile in our boot, the tile only touches at the four edges of the boot," Mick says. He claims that this will create less drag on the tile, and a design that allows the tile to make a gentle 90 degrees turn toward the back of the plow causes the tile to lay better. The unit also features a pendulum-style leveling gauge that shows that the boot is level and a parabolic shank that helps roll dirt out of the way. Price: $5,995 with replaceable shear point and parking stand. Contact J M Innovations Inc., Dept. FIN, 9304 Hess Rd., Edwardsville, IL 62025, 618/667-6089.
The solid-shank tile plow made by Johnson Drainage Plows now travels 6 to 7 ft. deep and lays up to 8-in. tile (plus the standard 4-, 5- and 6-in. tile). The plow tongue is 20 ft. long, and the distance from the bottom of the boot to the frame is 8 ft.
The plow requires a 200-hp tractor with a weight of at least 30,000 lbs. to get the needed traction. Price: $1,400/boot; a plow with all four boots is $14,000. Contact Johnson Drainage Plows, Dept. FIN, 29272 220th St., Clarksville, IA 50619, 319/885-4496.
Manage rocks Billed as a one-person machine, Kongskilde's new pull-type Stonebear rock collector gathers and windrows stones in one operation. It has a working width of 13_1/2 ft. versus the 7 to 9 ft. of competitive machines for high-capacity collection and handles stones measuring from 11/4 to 18 in. thanks to three interchanging stone grates. PTO-driven stone rakes on both sides of the machine move stones to the center. Stones are stored in a built-in hopper that is hydraulically operated so you can unload them on a trailer or truck from the seat of your tractor. It works behind a 75-hp tractor. Suggested list price: $23,500. Contact Kongskilde, Dept. FIN, 231 Thames Rd. E., Exeter, Ontario, Canada N0M 1S3, 519/235-0840.
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Safety on the slopes The simple, but life-saving slope degree indicator from R&B Manufacturing now sounds a warning, to help prevent an equipment rollover, when a caution point is reached. A small red warning light comes on when the beeper is activated. A visual scale reads the angle the equipment is operating on from 0 degrees to 50 degrees. It operates on 12v and takes minutes to mount, according to the company. Price: $65, plus $4 shipping. Contact R&B Mfg. Inc., Dept. FIN, 4948 N.W. High Dr., Riverside, MO 64150, 816/587-9814.
Everything at hand Mount planting and spraying monitors with the K&R Work Center for John Deere 7000 and 8000 series tractors. Add a communication tray to hold your GPS, phone or radio within arm's reach.
The station mounts easily with just two bolts into existing holes in the cab posts; and the monitor T-bar has two-way adjustment so you can slide it in or out from its mounting post. Suggested retail price: $58 for the basic unit; $86 for the unit with communication tray. Contact K&R Dist. Inc., Dept. FIN, 1404 W. Church St., Marshalltown, IA 50158, 800/383-3908.
Share and share alike Cut costs by sharing or buying machinery with your neighbors.
For instance, you might own a corn planter and your neighbor owns a grain drill. You and your neighbor could share these machines because they are used at different times during the year and for short periods. Or - if you and your neighbor really get along - you could opt for co-ownership of a combine or forage harvester. (Just make sure everything is put in writing.) Investing less money in machinery is perfect for young farmers getting established or older farmers who find it hard to recoup value. University of Minnesota extension service
Less filling Reduce filling time this spring with Gandy's new air transfer system for its Orbit-Air seeder.
Used as a pull-behind mounted unit, it uses the same hopper as on a seeding unit but adds pressurized air to release seed when the seed in planter boxes reduces to a certain level. As soon as seed is back up to the correct level in the box, air is cut off. The company claims its air system can save up to 1 hr. of filling time. The unit's hoppers have capacities of 64, 80, 96 or 120 bu., can be filled by bulk bag and will feed planters with 8 to 24 rows.
The unit requires 8-gal. hydraulics/min., and the company will paint the unit to match your tractor and/or planter. Suggested list price: $13,500 for a 24-row planter, 96-bu.-capacity, cart-mounted unit. Contact Gandy Co. Mfg., Dept. FIN, 528 Gandrud Rd., Owatonna, MN 55060, 800/443-2476.
Tough tillage Kent updates its series VI constant-level Discovator with a 3- x 4-in. frame, now available for the 12- to 24-ft.-wide units. The stronger frame will handle tougher conditions in one-pass incorporating/finishing, according to the maker. Price range: $10,700 to $22,400. Contact Kent Mfg., Dept. FIN, Box 126, Tipton, KS 67485, 800/459-4145.
General manager "The new agriculture will require new skills . . . of a general manager, with expertise in employee relations, marketing and strategic planning. That may not appeal to a guy who likes driving the tractor." - Mike Boehlje, agricultural economist, Purdue University
Creature features You can now select a Surveyor Luxury cab and other amenities as options when you order your new MX-series Magnum tractor from Case IH.
Also new are tire options from Michelin, Firestone or Goodyear to match your cropping practices; a factory-installed front 3-pt. hitch; and a 160-gal. fuel tank available for the MX180, MX200 and MX220 for more than 20 hrs. of continuous operation without refueling. The Surveyor cab now offers a heated, red leather Optima seat; dark tinted rear windows to reduce glare and heat; added sound absorption material; carpeted floor mat; and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, armrest and throttle. Also available with the package is a six disc CD changer with radio. Contact Case Corp., Dept. FIN, 700 State St., Racine, WI 53404, 414/636-6011.