Fill, Measure and Go
Scale-Tec introduces a scale kit option for CCS seed delivery systems on Case IH 1250 and 1260 planters. With the kit farmers can use bulk seed, evenly fill both hoppers, track seed inventory at night, measure seed needs per field and go to the next field without emptying hoppers. The kit includes four load cells, wiring, mounting brackets and a waterproof, back-lit readout. Planters are manufactured scale-ready, so no welding or drilling is required. Installation takes three hours, and the kits are also available for John Deere and AGCO White planters. Price: $2,600 to $3,000. Contact: a local dealer or Scale-Tec Ltd., 16027 Highway 64 E., Anamosa, IA 52205; (888) 962-2344; www.scale-tec.com.
On-the-Go Density Control
Small square baler operators can now control density from the tractor with the Unstoppable Density Adjustor, a new add-on to the Airbaler system from Scott Seaver Company. The system uses air pressure, instead of springs or hydraulics, to apply constant tension to the bale chamber, producing bales of consistent size and weight. With the Adjustor, an air compressor mounted on the baler allows the operator to add or remove air pressure from the system, without stopping, from a switch in the cab. Price: $400 plus shipping (includes an on-board air compressor and an adjustor switch); $1,145 with the Airbaler kit; one-year warranty on all parts. Contact: The Scott Seaver Company, 4346 W. Roosevelt Road, Montague, MI 49437; (231) 894-9703; www.airbaler.com.
Stretch Your Connection
EZ-Bridge announces a new wireless bridging system that shares network resources and extends full broadband capability to multiple buildings. Without any wires, farmers can share the cost of an Internet connection among all buildings within a three-mile radius. The EZ-Bridge-LT is a plug-and-play product that is easily installed in less than 30 minutes at each location. You can even add a wireless router to have multiple computers online in one building. The system operates in the 2.4 GHz frequency spectrum, complies with 802.11 standards and has a data rate of up to 15 megabits per second. A unique security protocol, with WPA and WPA2 encryption, ensures data is safely transmitted. A high-gain antenna provides long-distance data links immune to rain and snow. Price: $199, one-year warranty. Contact: e-zy.net, 693 Draper Heights Way, Suite 200, Draper, UT 84020; (801) 432-0098; www.ez-bridge.com.
Get a Grip
Ever wrestled with an oil filter that's been overtightened? Gator Jaws is the only tool specifically designed to grip and remove stuck filters from trucks, heavy-duty equipment, etc. The gripping force of its 32 teeth provide maximum leverage and torque, spinning off even the most difficult, hard-to-reach filters with one short pull. The 23"-long angled handles allow you to reach around hot exhaust manifolds without burning your arm. Gator Jaws adjusts to two sizes to grip filters as large as 7" in diameter or as small as 2½". It can also be used on oil, fuel and hydraulic filters. Price: $69.95; lifetime warranty. Contact: Innovative Products of America, P.O. Box 266, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457; (888) 786-7899; www.ipatools.com.
- March 2010