Grain Grabbers

This quick-fix product is designed to enhance uniform stalk flow through the feeder house on your combine. The manufacturer says that Grabbers enhance auger performance in weedy or wet conditions or when corn stalks are dry and pile up on your corn head.

Installation does not require drilling any holes; just hammer Grabbers onto auger flighting, one per lineal foot on the middle 40% of the auger, and one every 2 ft. on the ends. On a 20-ft. auger, put eight Grabbers on the middle 8 ft. and one every 18 in. on the ends. The Grabbers clip on the non-load side of the auger flighting, which means the auger needs to be adjusted up and forward to provide 1/8- to 1/4-in. clearance between the pan and the stripper bar.

One package includes 16 reusable Grabbers for $42.40, plus shipping and handling. Contact Clever Tech Inc., 4121 Canfield Rd., Jesup, IA 50648 319/827-1311.

Dozer blades

Mid America Distributing says its quick on-off mountings on the Wil-Dozer blade are designed to work especially well on small to mid-size 4- and 2-wd tractors in the 25- to 65-hp range. The blade features 27° hydraulic left and right angling, lifts 18 in. off the ground and lowers with pressure for digging. All bladess are equipped to operate in either rigid mount or spring release mode. Moldboards come with top holes to accept optional brush guard or top extension. Quick on-off mounting on the subframe of the tractor uses pull pins instead of bolts. The blade units are available with 6-, 7- and 8-ft. moldboards. Prices start at $2,500, fully equipped. Contact Mid America Distributing, 500 W. Kentucky Dr., LaCenter, KY 42056, 270/665-5051.

More engine power

Kinze claims that if you add its remanufactured Cummins 855 engine to any John Deere 8430 8440, 8450, 8630, 8640, 8650 or 8850 4-wd tractor, you’ll get more horsepower, more torque, better fuel economy and more field production. Once installed, the isolation-mounted engine is removable in 4 hrs., and the clutch can be serviced without removing the engine.

Installation includes improvements such as forward mounting to create an ideal 60/40 front-to-rear weight ratio, and a forward-tilting fiberglass hood with gas/spring booster. The package also includes a side-mounted air cleaner and exhaust, an easy-access hydraulic pump and special ventilated side screen and light options.

Prices for the upgrade range from $27,500 to $32,000. Kinze will repaint the tractor for an additional $1,500, add side screens for $350 and add a special light kit for $450. Contact Kinze Power Products Inc., Box 806, Williamsburg, IA 52361, 319/668-1300.

Mower for rough terrain

Pull the 17-hp rough-service AcrEase mower through tall grass or over rough terrain directly behind or off to the side of an ATV or small tractor. The 55-in. deck and two 30-in. blades are designed to mulch without bunching and will mow where terrain is too rough for conventional mowers. The gas-powered Tecumseh engine comes with an electric starter (battery not included). Power is transferred from the engine to the blades by one B section “V” belt to produce a blade tip speed of 19,000 ft./min. Turn a hand crank on each side of the deck to adjust the cutting height from 2 to 8 in. Price: $2,495. Contact Kunz Engineering Inc., 242 N. 45th Rd., Mendota, IL 61342, 815/539-6954, www.kunzeng.com .

Side-dump trailer

Haul manure to the field and dirt back to the yard, haul grain or transport silage. However you use it, the AG24 side-dump trailer from Thurston Manufacturing is a versatile piece of equipment for many on- and off-farm applications, hauling 16 cu. yds. of material when level full. Spring suspension and walking tandem wheels balance the load onto the tractor drawbar in accordance with ASAE standards for drawbar capacity. Five-inch, double-acting cylinders give the trailer the ability to dump to either side in a windrow or all at once. The trailer features a 44,000-lb. axle rating and 44-18 x 20 32 ply airplane tires, each with a 50,000-lb. capacity. The Wheatland hitch has a 40,000-lb. safety chain and a 9,000-lb. Thurston top wind, drop leg jack. The trailer is available in a drawbar or semi-hitch style. Suggested retail price: $27,000. Contact Thurston Mfg. Co., Hwy. 87A, Thurston, NE 68062, 800/658-3127, www.blu-jet.com.

4-in-1 receiver

The RX 400p receiver combines sub-meter GPS, L-band, Beacon and Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) capabilities. Practically speaking, that means more reliable and more accurate readings for a wide range of site-specific agriculture applications. Differential corrections come from a number of sources, allowing the receiver to be used anywhere in the world. Most capabilities are built into the receiver, so you can choose between a paid subscription service to OmniStar, free Coast Guard Beacon, WAAS systems or a Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) source. RTK positioning is accurate within 1/2 to 2 in. but requires additional equipment and software. Built-in Cruise technology remembers the path for up to 10 min. if the receiver loses a weak or temporarily blocked signal. Price: $3,600. Contact Midwest Technologies, 2733 E. Ash St., Springfield, IL 62703, 800/643-8324, www.mid-tech.com.

Square baler

If you prefer large, square bales, you may want to check out this upgraded version of the popular 4755 Hesston baler. The 4760 will hit the market next month. The new machine features a rotary cut system, new fan, sealed twine boxes, greater twine capacity, double knotter, prepacker and many other improvements. And if you’ve got a lot of miles to cover between fields, the 4760 is tuned to pull smoothly down the road at up to 35 mph. Estimated price: $83,000. Contact AGCO, 4205 River Green Pkwy., Duluth, GA 30096, 770/813-9200, www.agcocorp.com.

Strip-till system

Strip tillage protects the soil from erosion while breaking up compaction and allowing the soil to warm faster in the seed zone. DMI’s 5310 nutri-till’r is a strip-till implement that features the same frame and wheel design that the company has used since 1996. Double-rank 4- x 6-in. steel tubing and diagonal reinforcements make up the mainframe and wings. The A-frame uses 4- x 8-in. tubing pulls from front and rear bar. Replaceable hubs and spindles allow ease of maintenance and lower repair costs. On the back, DMI has added “berm builders” with heavy-duty, 18-in. blades and adjustable spring-down pressure. They can be raised up and not used depending on soil conditions. Prices range from $34,000 to $42,000. Contact Case Corp., Box 65, Rt. 150 E., Goodfield, IL 61742, 309/965-2233, www.dmifarm.com.