Porter-Cable recently added six new tools to its 20v cordless power tool line. The tools have interchangeable lithium ion batteries, as well as power and performance without a big price tag. Team FIN, a group of farmers who test products for Farm Industry News, tested four of the line’s new cordless tools, rating them on a scale of 1 to 5....More
This month, Farm Industry News took a three-legged plane ride and drove 30 minutes by car to reach the Red Reflect Ranch, a 27,000-acre working cattle ranch just outside the town of Ten Sleep, Wy. The purpose of the trip was to test the new 2014 Yamaha Viking side-by-side (SxS) utility vehicle, which rolled off productions lines for the first time in August.
Battery operated grease gun makes short work of maintenance chores. New Milwaukee unit has two-speed design and pre-set grease counter feature. Stiff hose keeps user from getting into the tightest places....More
In May of last year, the welding giant Thermadyne changed its name to Victor Technologies Group, Inc. Since then, the company has launched two new 3-in-1 welders: the Thermal Arc Fabricator 252i and the Fabricator 181i. The products provide farmers with the flexibility of three applications in one unit and come completely equipped so there are no additional add-ons or costs after the initial investment. The 252i is a stationary unit that can weld up to ½ -in.-thick steel, while the 181i is portable and weighs less than 33 lbs....More
High gas prices and emission standards have outdoor power equipment companies and homeowners looking for options. CORE Outdoor Power developed a line of high-torque, high-efficiency, battery-powered outdoor equipment designed to give gas-powered products on the market some major competition. The company invented a technology that replaces traditional wire-wound motors with a multi-layered, printed circuit board that works with magnets to create powerful rotational forces. The result is an efficient, compact, and powerful motor driven by lithium ion, according to CORE....More
The Pioneer Appli-Pro Super Low Volume (SLV) Applicator System is a new way to apply inoculant to silage using low volumes of inoculant. We put the SLV applicator on our self-propelled forage harvester and our round baler to see how it worked.
We hadn’t used any silage inoculants in our operation for several years, but we were willing to try the SLV system once I saw how easy it was to put on the machine and what a low volume of product would be used. The standard application rate is only 10 ml/ton of silage. ...More
A ½-in. impact wrench is a must-have in any farm shop. New compact impact wrenches that offer small size along with high torque make this tool more versatile than ever.
To test this new lineup, Farm Industry News asked three farmers and a tradesman to compare the power, design and features of these wrenches.
When shopping for a new grain dryer, I had several features in mind. I wanted the most efficient grain dryer available. I wanted to switch from dryeration with hot grain to a dryer that would both dry and cool the grain. I wanted a dryer with as much or more drying capacity per hour as the dryer that I had. I wanted a dryer that would speed itself up or slow itself down in order to dump grain at a consistent moisture level....More
Worx claims to have reinvented the chainsaw. Its new, electric JawSaw has an innovative, plunging motion that requires the operator to push the handle forward in the direction of the “jaws” to activate the downward motion of the blade. Farm Industry News put the device to the test in a real-world environment of overhanging limbs to see how it stacks up....More