Trelleborg’s TM Series agricultural tire is designed to minimize soil compaction. An extra-wide footprint and increased deflection capabilities distribute tire pressure. The tire’s unique tread features inter-lug terracing, self-cleaning properties and better traction under high torque conditions. The lug shape and damping action of the footprint offer low vibration for drivers. TM tires are made with environmentally friendly extender oils. Tests show equipment consumes less fuel when outfitted with TM Series tires than other tires of the same size. Price: The largest tire in the series, TM900HP, is available in 14 sizes from $3,000 to $7,000. Contact: Trelleborg Wheel Systems, 3421 Ridgewood Road, Fairlawn, OH 44333; (866) 633-8473; www.trelleborg.com/wheelsystems.
The TA100 Smartach+, a wireless ignition analyzer and tachometer from General Technologies Corp., performs quick and reliable diagnostics of no-starts, misfires and damaged spark plugs and wires. The TA100 has a digital display that shows spark plug voltage and revolutions per minute (rpm) in real time. An antenna sensor allows quick hook-up to spark plug and ignition coil wires; no ground wire connection is required. The unit has a wide measuring range (200 rpm to 20,000 rpm and up to 50,000 volts) and comes with a rubber holster and hard carrying case. Price: $194.50; includes 9-volt alkaline battery and one-year warranty. Contact: General Technologies Corp., #121 7350 72nd St., Delta, BC, Canada V4G 1H9; (800) 440-5582; www.gtc.ca.
Don’t Let DEF Slow You Down
To meet Interim Tier 4 emission regulations, some farm machinery uses urea-based diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). To safely transport and pump DEF on the road and in the field, Thunder Creek Equipment offers a 100-gal. stainless steel DEF tank (mounted between the toolbox and fuel tank) on all of the company’s 750-gal. and 990-gal. diesel fuel trailers. In addition, a 60-gal. stainless steel tank (mounted above the toolbox and fuel tank) is available as a retrofit on previously purchased trailers. Both feature a noncorrosive pumping system to pump DEF in and out of the tank. A 25' hose reel and an electric or diesel powered heater on the 100-gal. tank are options. Price: $3,450 to $3,675. Contact: Thunder Creek Equipment, 1833 Highway 163, Pella, IA 50219; (866) 535-7667; www.thundercreekequipment.com.
Cool in the Cab
Driving an older combine without air-conditioning? TurboKool, an evaporative or "swamp" cooler powered by a 12-volt battery, can reduce the temperature in your cab by 20° to 30°. Using the Spin-Spray technology that was originally developed in the 1970s by Recair for RVs, the system washes dust and pollen from the air and delivers up to 750 cu. ft. per minute of cool, clean air. The 16-lb., 35"x22"x11½" unit fits on standard 14"x14" roof vents and easily adapts to ag equipment. With only one moving part, the unit is quiet and virtually maintenance-free. Price: $639 plus $38 shipping and handling. Contact: Bachman Enterprises Inc., P.O. Box 6159, Gardnerville, NV 89460; (800) 326-4410; www.turbokool.com.
- Early Spring 2011