Team FIN farmers search the Louisville show for efficiency buys.

A long with covering what was new at the National Farm Machinery Show, we asked Indiana farmer Steve Webb and Illinois brothers Jack and Gary Appleby to work the aisles in search of products or ideas to add efficiency to any farm operation. Here is what they found.

Truck tarp system. Shur-Co's patented Turning-Point Bow System not only supports end-dump or dump body truck tarps but its bows actually swing out of the way to ease grain loading. The system fits a 3- to 7-bow truck (12- to 48-ft. box) and costs $1,077 to $1,500 complete. The bow system alone runs $310 to $663. Contact Shur-Co, Dept. FIN, Box 713, Yankton, SD 57078, 800/474-8756.

Cordless rechargeable grease gun. At Buzzard Gulch's booth, farmers were crowding around Lincoln Automotive's Power-Luber 12v grease gun. The company claims that the gun cuts lubricating time in half and even busts through clogged zerks due to a grease flow rate of 6,000 psi. A kit with one or two batteries is available at a sale price of $170 to $220.

Steve Webb likes to encourage use of this type of preventive maintenance product. "If it will make people take better care of their equipment so that it is in better shape when it is 15 years old and I can afford to buy it, I'm all for it," he says.

Contact Buzzard Gulch Inc., Dept. FIN, 13925 W. U.S. Hwy. 136, New Hampton, MO 64471, 800/821-2932.

Bin buster. The Spreader's new product (shown at left) is designed to help free grain bin wells. A 4-ft. handle provides enough leverage to pull straight and with even pressure on the well slide. One tool will open all bins. Price: $60. Contact The Spreader Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 189, Gifford, IL 61847, 800/428-9046.

Quick hitch. For quick wagon hitching and unhitching from the cab, check out Bergman's Agri-Speed Hitch that mounts on tractor drawbars, wagons, pickups, choppers and corn pickers. Price: $275 for the hitch and $125 for a wagon unit. Contact Bergman Mfg. Inc., Dept. FIN, 2866 Quail Ave., Arthur, IA 51431, 800/551-4554.

Combine guard. W.A. Johnson's Grain Saver mounts on top at the rear of the combine sickle bar to prevent grain from rolling out and dirt and rocks from rolling in. The company claims that the product will save enough soybeans in one afternoon to pay for itself. Price: $20/ft. Contact W.A. Johnson, Dept. FIN, 2340 Ampere Dr., Louisville, KY 40299, 800/523-3979.

Combine chopper control. Clever Tech says that its sickle section chopper control and kit, designed to fit most Case IH combines, will cut straw and stubble shorter to turn mulch into available plant food quicker for next year's crop. Price: $437. Contact Clever Tech, Dept. FIN, 4121 S. Canfield Rd., Jesup, IA 50648, 319/827-1311.

Rebounder 2000. Webb likes this popular planter and drill firming device "because it truly works and is relatively low in cost. In fact it works better on my grain drill than on the planter." Price: $20 to $23/row. Contact Schaffert Mfg. Co. Inc., Dept. FIN, RR 1, Box 157, Indianola, NE 69034, 800/382-2607.

Plastic auger flighting. For the gentle handling of bulk seed, Lundell offers high-density polyethylene with the cupped design in auger flighting. Each module is assembled onto a mild or stainless steel hexagon tube, fastened together using a patented interlocking lap joint. Available in 5-, 6- or 7-in. diameters. Price range: $15.50 to $19.91/ft. on a galvanized center shaft, $19.35 to $23.86/ft. on a stainless steel center shaft. Contact The Lundell Corp., Dept. FIN, 400 W. Market St., Odebolt, IA 51458, 712/668-2400.

Battery booster. Century's J1000 Booster Pac gives 275 crank-assist amps and 1,000 peak amps to jump-start vehicles or provide power for household or outdoor applications. It also has a DC outlet to run any 12v cell phones, lights or tools for hours before recharging on a standard 110v outlet. Price: $126. Contact Century Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, 9231 Penn Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55431, 800/328-2921.