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Machinery Journal

January 31, 2009
By: Margy Eckelkamp, Farm Journal Machinery Editor and Test Plot Director
 
 


Trio of Tractors

The McCormick TTX Series includes three models ranging from 171 PTO hp to 213 PTO hp. The tractors are powered by turbocharged 6.7-liter BetaPower engines. There are two transmission options: a 32F/24R XtraSpeed plus reverse shuttle transmission and a 48F/40R XtraSpeed with creeper gear plus reverse shuttle. Both feature eight powershift speeds. TTX models have a standard hydraulic flow of 43 gal. per minute. Deluxe versions are also available. For more information, contact McCormick International USA, 4258 Communications Drive, Norcross, GA 30093; (866) 327-6733; www.mccormickusa.com.







Enhanced Boom Design

Available for the 2009 models of Field-Pro IV pull-type sprayers, Bestway Inc. introduces the Pro-100 FiberWorks 100' spray boom. For long-lasting performance, the FiberWorks boom is built on a steel H-frame and inner wings. The outer wings are constructed from a composite material of fiberglass and thermosetting polyester resin, resulting in a design lighter than steel and with three times the impact resistance. The Pro-100 spray boom is optional on 1,200-gal., 1,600-gal. and 1,850-gal. tank Field-Pro IV models, which are outfitted with V-Ride variable-ride boom suspension as standard. The suspension system allows operators to adjust to specific field conditions. Base price for sprayer with 100' boom: $43,500. For more information, contact Bestway Inc., 2021 Iowa St., Hiawatha, KS 66434; (877) 742-2190; www.bestway-inc.com.




Tight-Turning Sprayers

Hagie Manufacturing Company offers an all-wheel steering (AWS) option on STS10 and STS12 self-propelled sprayers. The feature reduces the turn radius nearly in half. A single set of wheel tracks are left behind when turning. The Hagie AWS is not compatible with previously manufactured machines. List price for AWS option: $11,235. For more
information, contact Hagie Manufacturing Company, 721 Central Ave. West (P.O. Box 273), Clarion, IA 50525; (800) 247-4885; www.hagie.com.






Steigers Boast Power Boost

The introduction of the Case IH Steiger 535 Pro raises the Steiger Series to a new power level. On the Steiger 535 Pro models, a new power boost allows the 15-liter engine running at 1,800 rpm to add 35 hp through a hydraulic boost and another 40 hp for 610 hp total. Available as an option on Steiger 535 and Steiger 535 Quadtrac models, power boost can be enabled through the entire working gear range. In addition to the new model, Case IH has enhanced its entire lineup of Steiger four-wheel-drive models with a fuel-saving system and updated cab design and functionality. Base price for Steiger 535 Pro: $313,600. For more information, call (877) 422-7344; visit a Case IH dealer or www.caseih.com/na.









Double-Planting Made Easy


John Deere adds to its DB Series planter lineup with the DB60 Split-Row Planter. The DB60 combines the flexibility to plant one crop at 30" rows and a second crop at 15" rows with the productivity of a bulk-fill planter. The planter configurations include 47-row 15" and 24-row 30" planting capabilities. Long parallel arms stagger the rows so they can be locked up and out of the soil during 30" row planting. The machine is equipped with John Deere's Central Commodity System (CCS) seed delivery and Pro-Series XP vacuum meters. List price: $235,355 with CCS, SeedStar2 monitoring and ProMax40 flat disks and soybean disks. For more information, contact a John Deere dealer or visit www.johndeere.com/ag.



Automatic Feel

The Big Red 4x4 adds to Honda's lineup of utility vehicles. Powered by a 675-cc engine, the side-by-side features Honda's programmed fuel-mapped
injection system, providing smooth adjustments in variable environments. The automatic transmission imitates a vehicle's and has three forward gears and one reverse. Big Red models have a 1,200-lb. towing capacity and a tilting bed with 500-lb. load capacity. Base price: $11,399. For more, call (866) 784-1870 or visit a Honda dealer or www.powersports.honda.com.





 

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