New grain carts
Three new Parker grain wagons feature a rugged chassis with a pull-through design for tandem pulling. The three wagons are the 405 with a 450-bu. capacity, the 505 with a 550-bu. capacity and the 605 with a 625-bu. capacity. The grain bed is constructed of steel and one-piece sides for durability. For safe towing, the 405 and 505 are equipped with two-wheel hydraulic-surge brakes; and four-wheel hydraulic-surge brakes are standard on the 605. Growers can unload up to 7 bu. of grain/sec. through a 5-ft. door. Prices start at $7,750. Contact Alliance, Dept. FIN, Box 357, Kalida, OH 45853, 419/532-3312, www.allianceag.com.
A new reel that enhances crop feeding into a combine now attaches to existing major-brand combine heads. Designed by Crary Company, the Crary Air Reel uses a high-pressure fan to create an airflow that gently pushes the crop off the cutterbar, over the platform and into the auger. The reel, available in many sizes, works on soybeans and other small grains. Suggested retail price for a 30-ft. reel ranges from $6,300 to $6,400. Contact Crary Co., a division of TerraMarc Industries, Dept. FIN, Box 849, West Fargo, ND 58078-0849, 800/247-7335, www.terramarc.com.
New dump wagon
Sunflower is marketing its first dump wagon for hay and forage. The Richardton 8020 multipurpose dump wagon features a 12-ft., 750-cu.-ft. box with a dumping height of 11 ft. 3 in. It is rated for 20,000 lbs. of capacity. The 8020 is available as a four-wheel, auto-steer model or a single-axle model. Retail prices start at $13,700. Contact Sunflower Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, Box 566, Beloit, KS 67420-0566, 800/748-8481, www.sunflowermfg.com.
A Canadian-manufactured grain cart designed for the mid-size market includes several features that make it convenient for growers. A turret auger design allows grain unloading even when cart-to-truck alignment is less than perfect. It also helps avoid contact between housing and grain truck. A sloped cart top helps prevent grain spillage on the opposite side of the cart when loading. It includes a gravity chute to unload into grain augers or air seeder loading augers. Prices start at $23,540. An electronic scale package is $4,456. Contact Bourgault Industries, Dept. FIN, Box 39, St. Brieux, Saskatchewan, Canada S0K 3V0, 306/275-2300, www.bourgault.com.
Combine leveling kit
A combine leveling system is now available for new and used John Deere 9000 series CTS and STS combines. The 2000 series combine leveling system from Hillco electronically monitors the slope of a field being harvested and then hydraulically tilts the chassis of the combine to maintain a level left/right position. The header is then counter rotated to keep it parallel to the field surface. As a result, the combine's capacity is improved because the threshing and cleaning system is kept level. The 2000 series design handles both single and dual drive tires. A leveling kit costs $28,000 to $29,000 and is sent to the combine dealer for installation. It is bolted on, requiring no cutting or welding. Contact Hillco Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 399, Nezperce, ID 83543, 800/937-2461, www.hillcoweb.com.
Easy baling, mowing
Baling is easier with the new Accu-Bale Plus bale monitoring system from Vermeer. It is available as an option on the Vermeer 554XL, 555XL, 604XL and 605XL balers. An operator can set and adjust bale size, adjust overfill settings, instantly switch from twine tie to net wrap, and override the auto tie system — all with just a push of a button.
Vermeer also has expanded its Gator mower line with its largest three-point model. The 8030 Gator mower cuts a swath 10½ ft. wide with a tractor with a minimum of 80 hp. The mower features a low-profile cutterbar, Kevlar curtain protection and heavy-duty cutting discs. List price: $8,917. Contact Vermeer Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, Box 200, Pella, IA 50219-0200, 800/370-3659, www.vermeerag.com.