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January 2014 Archive for Machinery Journal

RSS By: Aimee Cope, Farm Journal

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

Autonomous John Deere Mower in Europe

Jan 29, 2014

The future of autonomous farm machinery is here! Well, sort of. John Deere unveils a new driverless lawn mower for European markets.

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The John Deere Tango E5 is a fully autonomous mower that promises to operate in any weather at any time, is extremely quiet and does not require grass clipping disposal.

The John Deere Tango E5 is currently only available in select European countries, but there is an exhibit at the John Deere Pavilion in Moline, Illinois, where you can see it in action on a simulated lawn.


How it works in four steps:

First, a John Deere dealer will help with professional planning and installation of a thin, invisible boundary wire that will guide the mower throughout the process.

After these boundaries have been custom set, the Tango will then be programmed to cope with simple or highly complex lawn designs and shapes.

Following programming, the Tango is set to go, clipping (3/4 in to 4" in height) on a daily basis to create a healthy lawn.

When clipping is done, be sure to clean the mower occasionally with a brush and check the mower blade.

You can learn more here.


Half Scale 4x4 Articulating Tractor

Jan 28, 2014

 Check out this neat custom-made half scale 4x4 articulating tractor with a front blade.


Tractor By Net member Waldon52 says: My tractor is a 23 hp twin cylinder full time 4 wheel drive hydrostatic drive. The front blade raises and tilts side to side hydraulically. I used a Steiner frame, axles , hydraulics. I cut the frame twice and extended both ends. I rebuilt the seat mount to move with the front of the tractor. I built the cab to scale but the rear cab wall removes and a quick seat attached for actual snowplowing use. The fenders, hood and cab are built from 18 ga. sheet metal.

You can all about it here. And there are plenty of more photos. 

Update From New Holland Management

Jan 27, 2014

 Almost four years ago, Abe Hughes was appointed vice president of New Holland North America with one goal—get the brand back in the game. Read more about that here.

In January, Farm Journal had the exclusive opportunity to speak with the executive about how he’s turning around the company. Read the full story here.

Hughes reports that in the past four years, the New Holland division has doubled revenues and tallied record profits through a disciplined approach to financial management. The achievements have brought kudos and corporate resources from CNH management. Now, Hughes says it’s time to build on their momentum. The company is working to fill out its product lineup for what they identify as a customer base of mixed farmers. New Holland is launching a new brand platform, New Holland Smart stories, which will feature their customers.

In working on the above story, I also talked with Jim Straeter at Rochester New Holland. And I think fittingly, I found this picture on his dealership’s website. 

NH T8 Double Rainbow

Case IH Invested In Harvesting Success

Jan 25, 2014

 With a $60 million investment, Case IH put a lot of resources into the harvest header lineup and manufacturing facilities in 2013.

Unveiled this past year, the Combine Header Center of Excellence is located in Burlington, Iowa. In additiona, new corn heads and draper heads were launched. That grand sum was roughly split with $30 million going toward the production facility and the other half going toward machinery R&D. 

Located in Iowa, the facility can serve the customer base for this equipment with close-to-ship proximity. There the company manufactures corn headers, grain headers and draper headers. The facility employees 530, which has doubled since the plant was opened.

See inside the facility in this video:


Case IH says it uses customer-driven design and competitive benchmark testing to improve its machinery. This include the TerraFlex draper with CentraCut center-mounted knife design.

Learn more about that in this video:


You can also learn more here on the Case IH Be Ready blog. Click here or here. 







One Million Skid Steers

Jan 24, 2014

 In 2014, Bobcat Company will produce its millionth loader. To mark the event, Bobcat is launching the "Unstoppable" campaign and contest.

Entries can be submitted online at and must be received before June 30, 2014. Entrants answer the question, "How does Bobcat make you unstoppable?" And those entries will be judged on completeness and creativity.

Prizes will be awarded weekly and monthly, leading up to the grand-prize selection. Overall, there will be 125 weekly, 60 monthly and 15 third-place winners, along with a second-place and grand-prize winner. Winners will receive the following:

• Weekly winners: Bobcat hat 
• Monthly winners: Bobcat special-edition commemorative scale model
• Third-place winners: Bobcat jacket
• Second-place winner: $1,000 in merchandise credit to spend at any authorized Bobcat dealer location
• Grand-prize winner: choice between a Special Edition One-Millionth Bobcat S650 skid-steer loader and a Special Edition One-Millionth Bobcat T650 compact track loader

A surprise special-edition loader delivery to the grand-prize winner will happen at the beginning of August. Other prize winners will be announced following the grand-prize delivery.

For more information on the celebration and the contest, visit Or visit our Facebook page at


What a Difference 50 Years Makes

Jan 23, 2014

 A reader sent me a snapshot of the 1964 cover of Farm Journal’s special issue with extra machinery coverage. What a fantastic image of machinery news from 50 years ago…

1964 Farm Journal

 And compare that with our recently mailed 2014 Machinery Guide:


Which includes these stories from our team, ranging from today’s tools to tomorrow’s technologies and includes exclusive year-end reviews and data provided by Machinery Pete.

Hot New Iron 

Manufacturers built in more technology, new engines, and higher capacities in the past year, which yielded a bumper crop of new equipment.

Dive Into the Details That Move Used Equipment 

Here’s how equipment values ebb and flow with the calendar, followed by details on smaller and older combines, collector tractors, miscellaneous equipment and more.

To Haul or Not to Haul 

Cell phones and remote diagnostics are changing the equipment maintenance process.

Pete’s Top Tales 

Some machines have legends bigger than themselves.

Worldwide Appeal 

There really is nothing like Agritechnica and this year's event drew 450,000 visitors to see the eye-grabbing innovations.

Who Makes What Where 

For almost 25 years, Farm Journal has tracked where ag machines are manufactured and assembled by the major companies.

Utility Upgrades 

From ATVs to high-performance utility vehicles, farmers have long wish lists to tackle with their workhorses.

Return on Investment 

Precision ag has many benefits on the farm, but adoption is far from universal.

Plant With Confidence 

The time you invest this winter in getting your planter ready for spring won’t increase the price of corn, but it can certainly help put more dollars in your pocket.

The Next Big Little Tractor Trend 

Weight requirements hover around 110 lb. to 120 lb. of tractor mass needed per horsepower, so higher horsepower tractors are heavier out of necessity.

Tailgate Talk 

Farm equipment dealerships are great places to study body language.

The Road Ahead 

New trucks are introduced at the State Fair of Texas—the state with the highest truck sales in the U.S.

Corn Head Guide 

It’s important to put your best foot forward. That applies to corn heads, too, as they lead the way at harvest.

Industry Briefs 

Announcements from top players in the industry.

Burden to Bear 

Farmers are ratcheting it up, operating bigger machinery in their pursuit for higher yields and tires must change to bear such a heavy load.

Tools Suited to the Task 

Cover crops are gaining ground in the U.S., but their adoption has not been without a number of bumps.

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