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January 2009 Archive for Machinery Journal

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The Machinery Journal blog is your place to find the latest machinery updates, industry news, and interesting tid bits.

Tricked Out Harvest Machine

Jan 28, 2009
It’s round two for MachineryLink and its Smarter Harvester Tour, and they’ve delivered another show-stopper. After the crowds surrounded their Buffalo Combine in 2008, the combine leasing company partnered with the team at Chrome Shop Mafia (CSM). The result is the Renegade combine. I don’t think the farmer in Wisconsin they bought it from would recognize their 1968 John Deere any more.

 
This two-row John Deere Model 95 “Corn Special” combine got full treatment from CSM, whose work was featured on many episodes of the CMT program, “Trick My Truck” in 2006 and 2007. This is being boasted as the first unconventional antique combine restoration.

 
The back section of the combine articulates 90º upward to reveal a complete audio/visual system. Onlookers step inside to see the display of the MachineryLink website, videos and presentations. The CSM crew removed all the threshing iron, but the combine can still move in and out of farm show lots on its own with a tuned up engine.
 
The fabrication team received delivery of the combine on Sept. 15th,2008, and when it emerged from CSM’s shop on Jan. 5, 2009 it was a lot to take in. MachineryLink said they gave minimal specs to CSM to allow for their full artistic license with the project.
 
 

The 2009 Smarter Harvest Tour launched with the unveiling of the Renegade
at KNID Agrifest in Enid, Oklahoma. Here are some videos from that event...







The next stop will be at Commodity Classic in Grapevine, TX.
 
You can see more about this machine at the 6 other stops it’ll make at farm
shows across seven states and western Canada.

From the Desk of the CEO

Jan 27, 2009
You can hear it straight from the top. McCormick USA CEO Rodney Miller has launched his own blog. Check it out here.
 
I spoke with him today, and although he says he’s still trying to get the hang of it, the number of site hits he’s gotten would say he’s off to a great start. He plans to regularly update the blog with news for the McCormick dealers and its customers.
 
McCormick recently held their first dealer meeting, after a four year hiatus in the planned event. Miller says the company has a new level of energy and is optimistic about the year ahead in the tractor market. In 2009, they will be consolidating their assembly facilities to a pre-existing building near the company's headquarters in Norcross, Ga. The new TTX tractor series was introduced right before the end of 2008, and there may be another new tractor series at National Farm Machinery Show to look out for.
 
While you are checking out his blog, go ahead and browse the redesigned McCormick site.

Where JD Combines Come From

Jan 14, 2009
In my view, one of the best parts to my job of writing about farm equipment is being invited on factory tours. The manufacturing process is fascinating.
 
Leave it to cable television to provide the next best thing to walking a factory floor. The National Geographic Channel has a show for those of us who loves to see where machines come from. Ultimate Factories goes inside the manufacturing process and follows the assembly line from raw material to finished product.
 
On Saturday, I received a phone call alerting me to John Deere’s Harvester Works being featured on the show. Of course, I tuned in.
 
Here’s a quick recap of John Deere Harvester Works and how they make STS Combines:
 
  • More than 2000 employees
  • Factory is divided into three sections and a total of 30 assembly line stations
  • More than 8.5 miles of overhead track
  • 49 robotic welders
  • 8 laser cutters
  • 60,000 tons of steel is stamped, pressed, cut and welded a year
  • 17,000 parts and components that go into a single machine
  • 400 tons of welding wire used each year
  • 3.2 million parts are created in a year by the programmed laser cutters
  • 200 sheets of steel are used in a single shift
  • Lasers can run without human interference for three days 

And here’s a link to a video segment detailing the primaries section of the plant and featuring its precision laser cutters.
 

First Look at DT Series in the Sunlight

Jan 06, 2009
As the launch of the new high horsepower tractors from AGCO edges closer, we’re getting a better view of what will make the new DT Series a newsmaker.
 

 
Here is the series of three teaser commercials featuring the new DT Tractors:
 


 


The new AGCO DT Series tractors will be part of AGCO’s campaign to appeal to the family farmer. Check out the new web site.
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