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June 2010 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.

Claas on the Ground in Haiti

Jun 30, 2010

After the devastating earthquake in Haiti and the recovery efforts that followed, machinery maker Claas answered the call to help with the rebuilding process.

 

The company donated more than $525,000 worth of equipment and covered the cost of shipping them from its production facility in Le Mans, France, straight to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The donation included three new Claas Atles 949 tractors equipped with four-wheel drive; one tractor with a pallet fork; one tractor with a dozer and grading blade; one additional tractor and associated spare parts.

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The equipment arrived in late April and will help to move rubble, concrete and other debris from the earthquakes. It will also be used to pull trailers and transport pallets and crates during the rebuilding effort. In May, a Claas technician was onsite in Haiti for one week to provide technical training.

 

After it’s used for reconstruction projects, the machinery will head to the fields and be used in ag operations.

The donation was sparked by a call from the German Farmers Association to manufacturers of agricultural machinery and those in the food processing industry for assistance to Haiti. Claas press officer Jorg Huthmann represented all donors from the ag equipment and food processing industries on German TV with the live announcement of the donation on a nationally broadcast telethon to help the recovery efforts in Haiti in January. 

Go Inside CNH’s Product Development Center

Jun 23, 2010

At its Burr Ridge headquarters, CNH builds upon the company’s history for tractor development and testing.

 

First purchased by International Harvester in 1917, the site spread across 414 acres and was the original test farm for the Farmall Regular. This was the first all-purpose row crop tractor brought to the market.

 

Today, the site totals 112 acres and features the 510,000 sq. ft. facility for engineering and product development. Specifically, this site works on tractors, combines and some construction equipment.

 



















This is where equipment is shaken for durability, chilled down to -27 degrees Fahrenheit, and exposed to high temperatures that simulate the Arizona desert at high noon. This is all part of the company’s testing procedure.


The test cells can condense drivetrain and other component testing by 2:1, 5:1 and even 9:1 ratios. So a 10-year/10,000 hour life cycle test can be conducted in 1,100 hours. The test cells can run 24/7 without human supervision.












 








The center includes a virtual reality room that has the capability to display the largest CNH equipment. The display wall measures 18’ wide by 14’ tall. The company says it brings in customers at least once a month to virtually go through concept machines and those under development.


 



 















Recently, the facility updated an area specifically devoted to CNH sister company and engine partner, Fiat Powertrain Technologies. There are four brand-new engine test cells, which are unique in that the energy generated during the engine tests in these cells can be captured and put back onto the CNH electrical grid on site.

















 

Located on site is a museum that chronicles the interesting array of products in the site’s history. Included are the first self-propelled one-row cotton picker mounted on a Farmall H; two automobiles from the years that Case Corporation made cars; and many other first prototype and hand-built models.













































 

Sneak Peek of Gleaner Combine… Painted Black?

Jun 21, 2010

Although the official unveiling of the new Gleaner combine hasn’t happened yet, these photos from its recent trip to Oklahoma and Texas were shared. Nicknamed “The Stealth” this black Super Seven combine is out doing benchmark testing against previous Gleaner models and competitive models.

 

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The production models of the Super Seven combine won’t be painted black—they’ll stay true with Gleaner gray. So far the only information on the Stealth S7 is that it incorporates a new processor system with added capacity that builds on the Natural Flow system.

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You can see this machine in action for yourself by submitting your e-mail to www.gleanersuperseven.com. The Stealth will also be on display at this year’s major farm shows.

 

News of a big announcement from Gleaner was brought to light late last year after AGCO confirmed it was phasing out AGCO orange tractors. Many questioned the company’s commitment to Gleaner. We first provided you the scoop here.

How You Buy and Sell Iron

Jun 10, 2010

Ohio State researchers recently analyzed 2,500 responses from farmers on how they buy and sell used farm machinery and equipment. Brian Roe, Marvin Batte and Florian Diekmann of Ohio State University led an effort to learn more about U.S. farmers' attitudes and opinions about sales via auction, dealer, classified ad and the internet. For the full report, click here.

69% of the respondents bought and 40% sold (not including trade-in) used farm equipment in the past 5 years.

 

Here’s where they bought machinery from:

  • 55% dealerships (55%)
  • 16% auctions (16%)
  • 10% classified ads (10%). 
  • Less than 5% bought from auctions or ads over the internet 

 

Here’s how they sold machinery:

  • 43% personal contacts or simple for-sale signs to sell their equipment
  • 22% auctions
  • 22% classified ads
  • Less than 5% were sold via internet.

 

The number of local machinery dealerships that farmers had done business with during the past 5 years:

  • More than 80% had done business with at least two dealerships
  • 26% had done business with four or more dealers. 

 

There were regional differences: Farmers in the South and West listing fewer dealer relationships than farmers in the East or Midwest

 

When asked about the quality of the relationship the farmer had with the dealership that was most integral to current farming operations, they answered:

  • 88% were pleased with the repair and parts service provided by the local dealer
  • 77% were pleased with how they were treated during sales and trade-ins
  • Nearly one in four farmers felt that the business relationship they have with their closest dealership could be in jeopardy if they ‘shopped around' to get a better price

 

Respondents were asked why they attend auctions and how much trust they would place in the quality of items sold in various auction formats. Here’s why the respondents said they attended auctions:

  • gauging local market conditions and
  • networking with other farmers and community members
  • (they didn’t say it was a means of getting better prices or a fairer deal)

 

Farmers also said they were more likely to trust the quality of items being sold at local auctions more than those sold at regional auctions or internet auctions.

 

No doubt the internet will continue to change the machinery trade. Although a low number of respondents currently tap the internet for machinery sales and purchases, 55% of prospective buyers and 71% of sellers might consider using internet classified ads in the future.

 

I was surprised at the low overall rating of the internet in this study. I had a great conversation with a farmer this spring that said the internet has completely changed how he researches, purchases and order parts for his machinery. Another farmer who also sells machinery says that the exposure his machines have received online has spurred his business so much it could become a full time gig for him. Since this survey encompasses the past 5 years up until now, it’ll be interesting to see what it might show in another 5 years.

Bobcat Exhibits Influence of New Owner and Partnership

Jun 04, 2010

In 2007, Doosan Infracore acquired Bobcat. Doosan is a South Korean company that owns everything from fashion marketing rights to heavy industrial equipment to technology for desalination water plants.

 

For a machinery editor, it means that Bobcat media events incorporate machinery that I don’t always get my hands on.

 

At their recent launch of a completely new line up of utility vehicles and increased compact tractor features, the ride-and-drive also included large wheel loaders and articulated dump trucks. (Click HERE to see a round up of the new utility vehicles and added transmission option for their compact tractors) Definitely take a look at their completely new line up of utility vehicles as a result from their parternship with Polaris.

  

Here’s a Doosan articulated wheel loader. The DL420 has a bucket capacity of 5.2 cubic yards, is powered by a 6 cylinder turbocharged Cummins QSM11 engine that develops 280 horsepower at 2,000 rpm and offers maximum torque of 1,070 pound-feet at 1400 rpm. Doosan reps say it’s common to find this loader and its smaller-scale little brother on dairy farms for material handling.














 

Then there was the Moxy MT41 articulated dump truck. Although I didn’t get to drive it, I did get to start it up and tilt the dump box. What a view from inside this cab! I can’t imagine going its top speed of 35 mph with its a payload capacity of 82,010 lb.


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