Keep Your Combine Moving
The Crary Air Reel is a patented reel system equipped with high-velocity air. The Air Reel replaces your factory reel and adds the benefit of air while keeping your header more compact, providing better visibility. The constant stream of high-velocity air quickly feeds crop back to the auger, eliminating bunching and increasing the number of bushels added to the hopper. The Air Reel can handle a variety of crops and conditions. It has been shown to be effective in beans, wheat, lentils, cereal grains and peas, Crary says. The header eliminates the need to wait for bunched crop to clear the platform, which allows you to keep moving, increasing profits and reducing fuel expenses. Fits most makes and models of combines, from 15' to 40'. Price: $10,000 to $22,000.
Contact: Crary Industries, Inc., 237 12th St. N.W., West Fargo, ND, 58078; (800) 247-7335; www.crary.com.
Hobart's IronMan 230 all-in-one MIG welder, a 250-amp industrial-grade unit, replaces the IronMan 210 and 250 models, combining their features in a single unit suited for welding mild steel material ranging from 24-gauge to ½". New features include seven additional voltage taps for a total of 12 to help users dial in the "sweet spot” to improve arc starts with less spatter and to create a more stable arc, resulting in enhanced bead appearance and less cleanup. A more robust cast-aluminum two-roll wire drive system replaces the previous plastic drive system. The patented hub design requires no tools to adjust spool size and ensures perfect alignment of the spool and feed head. The IronMan 230 is a DC/CV, single-phase, MIG flux-cored welder that delivers a 30- to 250-amp output (60% at 175 amps). An on-board storage compartment holds contact tips and nozzles. A built-in running gear/cylinder rack allows the operator to move the unit with ease. The 230 can be optimized for aluminum welding by connecting Hobart's DP-3545-20 spool gun. Suggested retail price: $1,450; warranty covers the transformer for five years, switches, controls and valves for three years and the torch for one year. Contact: Hobart Welding Products, P.O. Box 100, Lithonia, GA 30058; (877) 462-2781; www.hobartwelders.com.
Beyond the Bucket
The Rain Tracker RG-10 Rain Gage from Opto-Electronic Design is an optical sensor about the size and shape of a tennis ball. It uses beams of infrared light to measure rainfall hitting its outside surface, rather than catching the rainfall amount in a bucket or vile. This makes the RG-10 more sensitive than traditional tipping bucket-style rain sensors and since there are no moving parts, it is nearly indestructible. The sensor doesn't collect dust, leaves or other debris like a bucket, and it is impervious to jostling. The RG-10 uses optical technology that was originally developed for automotive windshield wiper controls. The extremely sensitive sensors can measure precise amounts of rainfall rate as well as total rainfall accumulation. Price: Single-gage, $99.00; quantity discounts available. Contact: Opto-Electronic Design, Inc., 6440 Flying Cloud Dr., Suite 207,Eden Prairie, MN 55344; (888) 621-5800; www.rainsensors.com.