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November 2012 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.

Video Celebrates Kubota’s 40th Year in the U.S.

Nov 26, 2012

 With roots that date back to 1890, Kubota has grown and now in 2012 celebrates its 40th anniversary of doing business in the U.S. Kubota Corporation has subsidiaries and affiliates that manufacture and/or market products that are sold in more than 130 countries.

The company was founded by the Kubota family in the cast iron pipe industry. And in 1960, Kubota manufactured its first tractor in Japan. Kubota Corporation introduced its first tractor to the United States in 1969 (the Kubota 21 horsepower L200), then in 1972, Kubota Tractor Corporation was founded in California with 18 employees. At that time, the company had 441 dealers and four tractor models.

By 1982, the company grew to 600 dealers, and introduced the first compact four-wheel-drive tractor with a hydraulic shuttle transmission. Shortly thereafter in the mid-80s the company’s product range spanned more than 50 models, including the first diesel lawn and garden tractor, the M50 series, and L series.

In 1988, the company opened its manufacturing facility in Georgia.

And then in 2005, Kubota tallied up more than 1 million retail units sold in the U.S., which was then marked at 1.5 million units just six years later in 2011. 

Today, the company has more than 80 tractor models in the U.S. market. Kubota equipment is sold and serviced in the U.S. through a nationwide network of more than 1,100 authorized Kubota dealers supported by the company’s corporate headquarters in Torrance, California and four division offices and warehouses located in Lodi, California; Fort Worth, Texas; Groveport, Ohio; and Suwanee, Georgia.

As it commemorates this milestone it’s also planning on expanding its factories in the U.S. Kubota is also investing $73 million in a new 500,000 sq. ft. production facility in Georgia. The company currently makes 50% of the units sold in the U.S. and all of its loaders stateside, and this new facility will dedicate its production capacity to the standard L Series compact tractors. Opening in January 2013, the facility will have a production capacity of 22,000 units a year, and establish about 200 jobs.

Kubota looks toward the future in building momentum for its market in the U.S.

Evolution of the John Deere Logo

Nov 20, 2012

 This year marks John Deere’s 175th anniversary. It’s hosting events for employees at its various manufacturing sites and corporate offices, and you can join in the celebration by going to the facebook page and sharing your family’s photo. 

Here’s a snapshot of the famous John Deere logos through the years. Scroll below the image, you can read about the history of the company at the time of each logo. Click here to learn more about the company’s history.



JohnDeere Logo 1876The first trademark featuring the leaping Deere was registered (but registration papers indicated the mark had been in use for three years.) John Deere first made his polished-steel plow in 1837 and had relocated to Moline in 1848. In 1849, the company’s work force of 16 people built 2,136 plows. In 1852, John Deere had bought out his previous partners and for the next 16 years, the company is known variously as John Deere, John Deere & Company, Deere & Company, and Moline Plow Manufactory. By 1876, the company was producing more than 60,000 plows a year, which were commonly referred to as ‘Moline plows’ because of the factory location. This trademark shows a deer bounding over a log. It‘s interesting that this original trademark shows a type of deer common to Africa. The native North American white-tailed deer is portrayed in future trademarks.


1910 and registered in 1912

JohnDeere Logo 1912This is the second version of the John Deere trademark. The deer again was shown leaping over a log. However, there was more detail and definition this time. The slogan "The Trade Mark of Quality Made Famous by Good Implements" first appears here, extending across the bottom. In 1912, the company was listed on the New York Stock Exchange, the compnay consists of 11 manufacturing entities in the U.S. and one in Canada, and 25 sales organizations—20 in the U.S., including an export department, and five in Canada. The company also operates a sawmill and owns 41,731 acres of timberland in Arkansas and Louisiana. Harvester Works built in East Moline.


JohnDeere Logo 1936The company's standardization committee saw a need to "better adapt the trademark for stenciling on products." In response, the deer became a solid silhouette removing all the detail from the previous artwork. This change, combined with the outstretched legs, provided a stronger, more recognizable profile. A 12-sided border was added around the leaping deer, and the antlers were changed slightly. The words, "John Deere, Moline, Ill." remained in the same position but were made somewhat bolder. The slogan below it was unchanged. In 1918, after years of investigating tractor production, Deere bought the maker of Waterloo Boy tractors. The tractor will soon become the company's basic product. Though 5,634 Waterloo Boys are sold this year, Ford Motor Company sells more than 34,000 Fordson tractors. However, iIn 1923, Deere launched the Model "D." A success from the start and the first two-cylinder Waterloo-built tractor to bear the John Deere name, it would stay in the product line for 30 years. After a surge of consolidations in 1930, there are only seven full-line farm equipment companies: John Deere, IH, Case, Oliver, Allis-Chalmers, Minneapolis-Moline, and Massey-Harris. 


JohnDeere Logo 1937Another updated trademark was registered. This one, even simpler.  The typography and leaping deer remained, but the border disappeared. John Deere was offering more products than ever before. There were now more places to use the trademark, which may have prompted the update. The fact that 1937 marked the company's centennial could have been another factor in the change.


JohnDeere Logo 1950This update was a breakthrough in many respects when it first appeared in 1940. First, the deer’s antlers were turned forward. Its tail was pointed upward to resemble the white-tailed deer. And it was no longer bounding over a log. The words "John Deere," now in a bolder square-serif font, were raised over the top of the deer’s head and antlers. A new slogan - "Quality Farm Equipment" was set in a bold sans serif typeface and reversed out of the ground beneath the deer. The words "Moline, Ill." were also dropped -- a change long overdue since John Deere was increasing its reach throughout the world. The surrounding border was modified, becoming a four-sided shape with flat sides and curves top and bottom to unify and contain the elements of the trademark.


JohnDeere Logo 1956This version of the trademark, which was registered in 1962, represented yet again the call for a simpler design. The slogan "Quality Farm Equipment" was dropped. By then, John Deere was established in the construction equipment industry, and contractors and loggers became familiar with yellow and black machines bearing the symbol. A radius was given to the corners of the border, and a slight curve was added to all four sides of the ellipse. The words "John Deere" were placed below the leaping deer for the first time. The deer itself was left relatively unchanged: legs extended, antlers forward. This same year, the company goes more global and builds a small-tractor assembly plant in Mexico and buys a majority interest in a German tractor and harvester makers with a small presence in Spain. Soon, it also moves into France, Argentina, and South Africa. 


JohnDeere Logo 1968This clean-cut, contemporary look marked the revision, and a company memo noted, "the new trademark is in keeping with the progress being made throughout all divisions of the Company... it provides for better reproduction and greater readability under a wider range of usage."  The deer image was streamlined to show a straight-side silhouette with just two legs, instead of the four, and one four-point rack of antlers. The "John Deere" logotype was changed using a hand-modified version based on the Helvetica font. The width of the ellipse border was narrowed, and the size of the deer inside it was increased.By 1973, John Deere’s total sales would top $2 billion for the first time.


JohnDeere Logo 2000John Deere unveiled the latest evolution in the trademark. This updated mark is true to the strong John Deere heritage. Yet, its sharpened antlers, angles, muscularity and attitude give the trademark an energized and dynamic edge. John Deere’s logo, after being known for decades as the "leaping deer," for the first time is actually leaping upward instead of landing. The current version illustrates John Deere's determination to stay focused on being the premier company in its industries worldwide, while remaining firmly rooted in its basic values of quality, innovation, integrity and commitment. In 2010, the company’s research and development investments are above $1 billion for the first time. 

Ground-Moving Updates at Kinze

Nov 16, 2012

 If you’ve traveled across Iowa on 1-80, you’ve no doubt seen the impressive displays on the campus of Kinze Manufacturing.

Kinze Site

These have included the 60' planter extending into the air that pivots from a field planting position to transport position with a four-wheel-drive tractor grounding it; and the nine grain carts, ranging from a 1⁄16 scale toy to a 1,050-bu. wagon, stacked on top of each other.

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 Now, the large Kinze sign has a new grain cart mounted to it. The large grain cart that reigned on the tower for many years, was replaced with a new 900 bushel dual-auger, corner auger grain cart. This is the smallest of four highly-styled cart models introduced for 2012.

Kinze introduced its first grain auger wagon in 1971. In 1976, the largest capacity offered by the company was 600 bu., and in 1979 it was 800 bu. And today, the largest capacity grain auger cart built by Kinze is 1500 bu.

If you travel through the area and would like to see the plant, the company welcomes visitors to schedule a tour Monday through Thursday. Click here for more. 

And in January 2013, there will be a new attraction for visitors: the Kinze Innovation Center.

As the company describes it: "The new Kinze Innovation Center describes nearly 50 years of inspiration, imagination and hard work by one man and generations of dedicated hard-working people (Kinze employees, partners, family and friends), who have contributed greatly to the development of modern agricultural equipment to help farmers around the world meet the challenges of crop production and the needs of 7.5 billion consumers worldwide and growing."

 It will be a 25,000 25,000-square-foot complex houses many of the original machines, design concepts and artifacts produced primarily by founder/inventor Jon Kinzenbaw, which will include: Big Blue, the first-ever adjustable-width 12-bottom plow, replica of one of Jon's first business pickups, the very first Kinze Grain Cart, a Kinze-repowered tractor (JD5020), one of the original 24-row rear fold planters, a tractor from Jon Kinzenbaw's personal antique tractor collection (a different one each season), a replica of the original Kinze Welding Shop (Ladora, IA) where it all began.

Innovation timelines (planters, carts, modern manufacturing, seed delivery).

The Kinze Innovation Center is scheduled to open for tours in early 2013. Click here for now.

You can read the story I wrote about Jon Kinzenbaw, the Kinzenbaw family and Kinze Manufacturing here: Engineered Blueprint.

John Deere Out in the Woods

Nov 13, 2012

The Machine Finder blog highlighted these machines from the John Deere Forestry lineup:

Feller Bunchers

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Knuckleboom Log Loaders

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Swing Machines

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Click here for the full blog post on John Deere's Machine Finder website. 

Nebraska Tractor Test Reports Available

Nov 12, 2012

 Tractor test data for tractors sold in the U.S. is available from the Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory (NTTL) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Today, tractor manufacturers are required by state law to have all tractors above 40 hp sold in the state of Nebraska tested to verify advertised power ratings. Located in Lincoln Neb., the Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory is the U.S facility for tractor tests. Twenty-nine countries adhere to the same testing codes of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and any OECD testing results are accepted by fellow testing locations. The Nebraska Tractor Test Lab was founded by a law introduced in 1919 by William Crozier, a Nebraska legislator and farmer who though companies were unfairly inflating power claims of their machines.

2012 Summary Booklets available now. Cost is $8.56. 
Call 402-472-2442 to place your order, or click here.  

The Summary booklet contains data on all tested models that are still on the market. It is updated annually at the end of the testing season. Individual reports are generally available within a few months of the test completion date. Prices include postage and handling. Special delivery and air mail orders will be billed according to postage required.

And here are links to the archive of tractor tests:


Toe-to-Toe Tractor Comparisons

Nov 11, 2012

 Two machinery makers are providing online tools for side-by-side comparisons.                Check out these sites:

AGCO Compare 


Case IH Compare Specifications Too


There is a lot of information to gather from these tools beyond just horsepower ratings…

Each includes the categories: Tractors; Planting and Seeding; Application; Harvesting; Tillage; Hay and Forage. 

Kubota’s Sneak Peek

Nov 09, 2012

 You can sign up to be among the first to see the latest machines from Kubota. Simply sign up for Kubota First Updates. 

But for now, check out their website for sneak peeks of the newest models—ranging from sub-compact tractors to utility models.

Click here for the Kubota 2013 New Products page.

Gleaner Hosts Super Series Roadshow

Nov 08, 2012

 From the factory in Hesston to the fields across the corn belt, Gleaner is bringing you the Super Series Roadshow. The combine brand first hosted this series of videos in 2011, and it’s already posted two episodes for this year.

Episode 1 

Episode 2


You can learn more at


Heavy-Lifting at World’s Strongest Man

Nov 05, 2012

Trelleborg tires supported The World’s Strongest Man contest in Long Beach, California, U.S. with four of its TM600 tires used during the "Super Yoke" event.

On Tuesday, September 25, the event was staged in front of the Queen Mary ship where Trelleborg TM600 tires were used in the "Super Yoke" event. Two competitors at a time carried two 520/85R38 TM600 tires on a yoke down a 30 yard track. The combined weight carried by each competitor was 1,000 lb. Ten athletes raced against the clock, with the winner of the event having the fastest time.

To see who the winner of the "Super Yoke" event, watch the World’s Strongest Man which will be aired between Christmas and the New Year in the U.S. on ESPN.WorldsStrongestMan (1)

WorldsStrongestMan (2)

New Holland’s Tips for Using a Loader

Nov 01, 2012

 Here are the top tips from New Holland for becoming a better loader operator.

To Spread and Level Material

If you want to cover a large area with dirt, mulch or gravel…

  • Fill the bucket with the material you want to spread.
  • Hold the bucket about 2’ above the ground and then slowly tilt the bucket to dump the material while driving at a slow, steady speed in forward or reverse.
  • With practice, you can determine bucket tilt and ground speed to obtain the desired thickness of material.
  • You won’t get a level surface with this, but it will provide a fairly even spread.

If you cannot dump the material driving, here’s what you should do…

  • Dump a small amount of the material, then move forward or in reverse a short distance and dump another small amount.
  • Repeat until the bucket is empty.
  • Driving forward to the end of the area where you dumped the material, and tilt the bucket down to about 30° then lower the boom to just lightly contact the material.
  • Drive in reverse to spread and level the dumped material.
  • Repeat as necessary to level the material.
  • Do not attempt to drive in reverse with the bucket in the completely dumped position because the bucket could dig into the ground–and this would place severe loads on the bucket cylinders and can cause damage.


How to Dig a Hole

  • Tilt the bucket cutting edge down.
  • The level indicator will help determine the angle of the bucket.
  • Select a low gear or speed range. In slippery or other difficult conditions, also engage the front-wheel drive.
  • Lower the boom and use the joystick to apply slight down-pressure on the bucket.
  • Drive forward to allow the bucket to enter the ground and then return the joystick to the neutral position.
  • Drive forward the length of the bucket to dig into the ground.
  • Tilt the bucket so the cutting edge is level and lower the boom until the rear of the bucket just contacts the ground.
  • Continue to drive forward until the bucket is full or the tractor loses traction or power.
  • Use the joystick to tilt the bucket back and then lift the boom.


This information was published in the Acres magazine.

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