Tractor Line Fills Out
Complementing its track tractor series, Challenger introduces the 600E and 900E tractors. The 600E Series features five models that range from 270 to 370 maximum engine horsepower and are powered by AGCO Power 8.4-liter engines. Now with twin turbochargers, they deliver up to 1,136 ft.-lb. of torque at low revolutions per minute (rpm). The engines are Tier 4 Final-compliant and outfitted with third-generation selective catalytic reduction technology, a diesel oxidation catalyst and a cooled exhaust gas recirculation system. Additional features include: updated hood and grill for increased intake airflow, standard hydraulic package with 54 gal. per minute (gpm), CVT transmissions and fully integrated Auto-Guide 3000.
The articulated four-wheel-drive 900E series ranges from 490 to 590 engine hp with three models. The AGCO Power 16.8-liter engines are Tier 4 Final-compliant and provide maximum engine horsepower ranging from 529 to 637 hp. Smokeless operation is provided at low rpm with 29,000-psi injection pressure and durable Bosch fuel-injection hardware. Standard hydraulic capacity is 58 gpm with a high-flow option of 85 gpm. The tractors have a Category V drawbar and Category IV adapter. The deluxe cab features leather seat options. All models are Auto-Guide 3000 ready. Price range: $284,587 to $415,236 for the 600E Series; $412,458 to $606,003 for the 900E Series. For more, visit www.challenger-ag.com.
Stronger Vertical Tillage
Introducing its second generation of vertical tillage equipment, Alamo Group introduces the EarthMaster 3000. The machine succeeds the earlier Verti-Go with working widths of 25', 31' and 34'. Specifications include a common-wing design, heavy-duty walking tandem axles with added clearance and durable 17"-diameter rolling baskets. A double spider has been added for strength, and a thicker wall design is featured for the support tube. SoilRazor disk blades have a saw-tooth design that sharpens with time, helping cut Bt cornstalks. There are five locking flag pins. Carried over from the previous version are 20" blades. Heavy disk-gang scrapers are included. The tillage tool has been increased by several hundred pounds to weigh roughly 20,000 lb. Prices: $82,675 for the 31' unit; $88,554 for the 34' unit. For more, visit www.earthmastertillage.com.
Precision Chemical Injection
Both a chemical injection system and a virtual terminal console for tractors without ISO systems are available from Unverferth’s Top Air Premier series of T-Tank pull-type sprayers on models TA1200, TA1600 and TA2400. The injection system has two main sprayer tank options—a single 85-gal. or dual separate 24-gal. tanks, depending on sprayer model. The injection tank can carry another chemical, in addition to the tank mix. The virtual terminal console allows for easy touchscreen operation. Prices: $9,300 for a single unit with 85-gal. tank; $17,995 for dual 24-gal. tanks; $3,600 for the virtual terminal on an ISO-ready tractor. For more, visit www.topairequip.com.
- Early Spring 2014