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June 2009 Archive for Machinery Journal

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The Great Iowa Tractor Ride

Jun 24, 2009
I knew something was going on in Waterloo yesterday when traffic was stopped and a string of vintage tractors passed by. Then I figured it out…
Today concludes the 13th annual Great Iowa Tractor Ride organized by WHO Radio. It’s a three day event that stretches across 70 miles. The parade includes more than 450 tractors, and the riders tough it out through 90 degree temperatures and rain atop many vintage tractors without cabs or air-conditioning.

Here's video of one rider as he waves to his family from a John Deere 435 Detriot Diesel. This video was taken as a group was leaving the Bremer County Fairgrounds. 


Tin Anniversary for CNH

Jun 16, 2009
This month, Case IH and New Holland's parent company, CNH celebrates its tenth anniversary.

CNH formed with the  the merger of Case IH and Ford New Holland. Other legacy companies include Sperry, Versatile, Flexicoil, Steiger, International Harvester and Tyler.

Illini Take Top Honor at ¼-scale Competition

Jun 10, 2009
The Illini Pullers brought home the biggest prize from the 12th annual ASABE ¼-scale tractor student design competition. The rest of the top five teams were, in descending order: Kansas State University, Purdue University, Iowa State University, and Texas A&M.
Thanks to Jeff Ceglinski, father of one of the Illini Pullers, for these pictures:

Each of the 24 student teams designed, built, and demonstrated a utility or recreational pulling tractor. A panel of industry experts judged for innovation, maneuverability, sound level, serviceability, ergonomics, safety and manufacturability, and teams then demonstrated performance in a multi-stage tractor pull using a progressive sled.
Submissions included a range of configurations including from one to five engines, driving belts, chains, continuously-variable transmissions, and hydraulics, and two and four-wheel drive tractors.
A strong group of ag industry companies and organizations support the contest with their sponsorship. These include: AGCO, Bridgestone/Firestone, Briggs & Stratton, Case, Caterpillar, Deere & Company, Kubota, New Holland, and SolidWorks. Additional support is provided by Campbell Scientific, Inc., Central City Scale, Claas Omaha, igus Inc., Kelly Sauder Rupiper Equipment, Kentucky Corn Growers Association, MacDon
Industries, Miller Electric Manufacturing, Star Equipment and Sukup Manufacturing.
A complete list of awards will be posted at when available.
The competition is held at the Expo Gardens in Peoria, Illinois. Here are some videos from the event posted by the student teams:


Win a Year’s Use of a Versatile 375 4WD

Jun 09, 2009
When Versatile brought back their heritage brand this past year, they reiterated the new tractors were modeled after their simple to operate, easy to maintain reliable tractor template.
Now it’s your turn to get behind the wheel of a Versatile 375. The Simple and True Challenge will present a year lease to the winning farmer. The contest requires entrants to verbalize in a couple of paragraphs what it means to them, their family and their farm to have a tractor that is simple, reliable and easy to maintain.
The grand prize winner and runners up (who can win packages including an all-weather jacket, a  backpack and a special edition woven cap) will be announced at the 2009 Farm Progress Show. Entries must be submitted by August 23.

Your Personal Best: Woodworking Contest

Jun 08, 2009
Every other year Wood-Mizer hosts their Personal Best contest. Up for grabs are $20,000 in Wood-Mizer prize credits across six categories.
The contest is open to all Wood-Mizer sawmill owners who have completed a project they are especially proud of. Entries can be something you completed for yourself or for someone else and can range from barns to cabins to creative undertakings.
For a full list of rules and overall explanation, click here.

It’s All How You See It

Jun 08, 2009
In John Deere's second season of skid steer competitions, the newest episode on the Skid Steer Smackdown Web site is all about visibility.
The competing contractors tested rear-view visibility across five brands of machines. The skid steer was put in reverse, moving closer to a line drawn in the stadium’s dirt. Operators had to stop when they could no longer see the line while looking over their shoulder–stretching and leaning back out of the operator’s seat was not allowed.
The Prove It Tour was filmed in front of 1,000 fans. All videos are available here:

Firestone Takes It Tread to Tread

Jun 04, 2009
When the tires underneath your horsepower are top of mind, there is a new information site that might be of interest.
Firestone organized side-by-side tractor tire traction demonstrations with the Firestone 23° R-1 and the Michelin Agribib 45° R-1W. The results are available here:
The two tractors ran in the same field, at the same time, pulling the same load. At the end of one run, the tractors exchanged rear tires and then ran again. Switching around the tires was their way of assuring that the demo results rode solely on the performance of the tires and not on a difference between the two tractors.

Association Recognizes Engineering Excellence

Jun 03, 2009
The best of the best in ag equipment engineering has been announced by Resource magazine and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).
The winners are:
  • ADI-1236PT Peanut Digger/Inverter, Amadas Industries
  • AutoConnect Mower Deck, Deere & Company
  • Auto-Pilot for LEXION Corn Heads, CLAAS of America, Inc.
  • AutoTrac RowSense Automatic Guidance, Deere & Company
  • Bale Direct System, Glenvar Bale Direct Pty. Ltd.
  • CAM Pilot Guidance System, CLAAS of America, Inc.
  • Central Insecticide System, Deere & Company
  • CR9090 Elevation Combine, New Holland
  • Diesel Saver Automatic Productivity Management (APM) System, CNH America, LLC
  • Eight-Range Hydrostatic Transmission with Integrated Hydraulic Control System,
  • New Holland North America, Inc.
  • FarmPRO GPS Steering and Application Control System, AutoFarm and Raven Industries
  • FlatNet Irrigation, Netafim, Ltd.
  • FMC-750F-HYD High Performance Oasis Wet Seal Centrifugal Pump, Ace Pump Corporation
  • FrontPower PTO System, Laforge Systems Inc.
  • Groundsmaster® 5900/5910 Mowers, The Toro Company
  • H1 Bent-Axis Variable Motor, Sauer-Danfoss, Inc.
  • H9800 Series Automatic Self-Propelled Balewagon and Mil-Stak® Large Bale Loader,
  • New Holland Agriculture
  • Infinity Deck, Kubota Tractor Corporation
  • TEC Pro Intelligent Total Equipment Control, John Deere
  • LINER 1750 Dual-Rotor Rake, CLAAS of America, Inc.
  • Magnum 180, 190, 210 Tractors, Case IH
  • Model 1305BC Brush Cutter, Turf Teq, LLC
  • Model 750HD Specialty Crop Header, New Holland Agriculture
  • Pivot by Big Ass Fans®, Big Ass Fans
  • ProCore Processor, The Toro Company
  • PTO-Driven Gear Pump for New Holland H7150 Haybine® Mower Conditioner, New Holland Agriculture
  • QuadraTouch Touch Screen Dryer Control System, Sukup Manufacturing Co.
  • QUANTIMETER Optical Sensing System, CLAAS of America Inc.
  • Round-Up Module Unwrapper, Cherokee Fabrication Company, Inc.
  • RowCommand Individual Row-Control System, John Deere Seeding Group
  • Saddle Suspension for Class V Suspended Axle on Case IH Magnum 335 Tractors, CNH America LLC
  • Sectional Control Technology, Seed Hawk, Inc.
  • Self-Leveling Cleaning Shoe, John Deere Harvester Works
  • Smart Nozzle System, Harrison Ag Technologies
  • TM1200 Trailed Mower, Vermeer Corporation
  • TorQmaster Flange Clutch, Weasler Engineering, Inc.
  • Universal Flange Gasket, HYPRO, LLC - Pentair Water
  • Valley AutoPilot GPS Ready Control Panel, Valmont Irrigation, Inc.
  • Valley Tracker Mobile, Valmont Irrigation, Inc.
  • X1114 Professional Ag-Bagger, Ag-Bag, a Miller-St. Nazianz, Inc., Company
  • 3E Series Compact Utility Tractors, Deere & Company
  • 88 Series Axial-Flow® Combine, Case IH
  • 600D Series Draper, John Deere Harvester Works
  • 1720 CCS Stack-Fold Planter, John Deere Seeding Group
  • 2510H High-Speed Nutrient Applicator, John Deere Des Moines Works
  • 3000 TWENTY AutoHST Control System, Deere & Company
  • 4720 Compact Utility Tractor, Deere & Company
  • 5430i Chemical Application Vehicle, John Deere Fabriek Horst, B.V.
  • 7260 Cotton Picker, John Deere Des Moines Works
  • 7760 Cotton Harvester, John Deere Des Moines Works
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