Complete Combine Family
Patterned after the Class 8 680B combine, Challenger adds two models—the 660B, a Class 6 machine, and the 670B, a Class 7 machine—to its harvesting lineup. The combines are powered by Endurance 84CTA, Tier 3 diesel engines. The 660B delivers 300 hp with a power bulge of up to 321 hp, and the 670B boasts 350 hp with a power bulge up to 375 hp. A 300-bu. grain tank is standard; a 350-bu. tank is an option on the 670B. Both models have a 140" rotor with a hydrostatic rotor drive and can unload grain at 4.5 bu. per second. The redesigned grain-handling system has a 12' cross auger to feed the 15' unload auger, eliminating the need for a vertical auger. Eight halogen work lights increase nighttime visibility by 100'. For more information, visit a Challenger dealer or www.newfromchallenger.com.
Size Residue and Run Deep
The 2210 Disk Chisel from Landoll features adjustable front and rear disk gangs to leave the desired amount of residue. The front gangs size residue and have a staggered overlapping design that can be set from 18° to 14°. Rear gangs adjust from 16° to 12°, allowing more sizing and mixing. The gangs feature a 1¾" gang shaft, with 24" diameter by ¼"-thick blades and 10½" front and rear spacing. The staggered arrangement allows maximum residue flow. Shanks are set on 15" spacings, with 32" underframe clearance and 1,750-lb. point load. Scrapers are mounted on spring steel arms in two positions. Dual scrapers at each bearing location reduce residue buildup and chances of plugging. Models are available in 9-, 11-, 13- and 15-shank configurations. Base price: $41,895. Contact: Landoll Corporation, 1900 North St., Marysville, KS 66508; (785) 738-6613; www.landoll.com.
Huge Harvest Header
Wider than previous models by 5', DragoTec's new corn head extends its product line. The 18-row, 30" head provides a harvesting width of 45'. Designed for less ear bounce, butt-shelling and shelling loss, Drago corn heads feature self-adjusting deck plates and 22.5" knife rollers. Optional stalk chopper units can be installed for residue management. For more information, visit a DragoTec dealer, or contact DragoTec USA, 3701 30th Ave., Fenton, IA 50539; (515)-889-2723; www.dragotec.com.
A First from Kubota The RTV500, a gas-powered compact utility vehicle, joins Kubota's lineup of
diesel-powered utility vehicles. With almost 16 hp, the RTV features four-wheel drive and a top speed of 25 mph. The RTV500 is powered by a liquid-cooled, two-cylinder Kubota gas engine with electronic fuel injection. Outfitted with the VHT Plus variable hydrostatic transmission, it has transmission-assisted braking and hill-holding capabilities. The metal dumping box has a maximum cargo capacity of 440 lb. or 9 cu. ft. Towing capacity is 1,100 lb. Base price: $8,499. For more information, contact Kubota Tractor Corporation, 3401 Del Amo Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503; (888) 458-2682; www.kubota.com.
A New Level in Sprayer Power
Building on the Patriot family of self-propelled sprayers, the Patriot 3330 features a 1,000-gal. tank, a spacious cab and an optional 120' boom. The Patriot 3330 is powered by a Case IH 6.7-liter diesel engine. The frame on this model has been reinforced at key stress areas with doubler plates and gussets for additional weight and stress. The Patriot 3330 can be outfitted with a 120' boom that features AutoFold Plus, which raises the boom out of the cradle and begins to unfold it at the flip of one switch. The Patriot sprayer is built with the Surveyor cab, with a choice of deluxe or luxury specifications. Visit your local Case IH dealer, or contact Case IH, (877) 422-7344; www.caseih.com/na.
Advanced Auger Options
To improve auger handling and positioning, Buhler Farm King introduces three features to pair with its auger lineup. The first is an auger mover for gas-drive conventional augers. The mover is controlled by a handlebar system near the front of the auger; two hydraulic motors mounted to the inside of the wheels drive the auger. The gas engine that runs the auger also powers the system. The second feature is a hydraulic winch for Backsaver Augers. This eliminates the need to manually winch a swing-away hopper into position for transport. The winch uses a set of tractor hydraulic outlets and is operated by a lever mounted at the end of the main auger tube. Third is a hydraulic hopper mover for swing-away hoppers. Hydraulic motors attached to two wheels on the hopper are operated from a lever on the auger tube. Contact: Buhler, 1260 Clarence Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3T 1T2; (888) 524-1003; www.buhler.com.
- Mid-November 2008