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December 2013 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.

Dodo Birds and Massey Ferguson Tractors

Dec 30, 2013

 You may know Mauritius as the home of the now-extinct Dodo. It’s an island nation in the Indian Ocean more than 1,200 miles southeast off the coast of Africa.

Mauritius courtsey of Wikipedia

Honestly, I didn’t know where Mauritius was until I met somewhere from there. And then when I read this article on the AGCO blog, it made me think of our friend, and since it was such a fun story I had to share.

It’s neat that they can say what the first tractor ever delivered to this island nation was. Kind of makes me think about guys like my grandpa talking about the first farmer who bought a tractor in the county.

In 1953, the first tractor to land on the shores of Mauritius was a 28 hp Ferguson TEA20, built in Coventry, England.

Today, Massey Ferguson tractors are celebrating 60 years of distribution the island, where they are used intensively (1,500 to 2,500 hours a year) for sugar cane production. These tractors are sourced from the Massey Ferguson factories in Brazil and France, and the brand reportedly has more than 50% market share on the island. 


New Holland Combines Have Super Power

Dec 28, 2013

 New Holland has designed a super hero to illustrate its Super Conventional Combines features.


Here’s a fun YouTube video highlighting the super capacity, super efficiency, super quality, super comfort and super productivity.


You can also see more on the company’s Facebook page.


NH SuperConventionalCombine








Deutz Tops 440 HP

Dec 27, 2013

 At the 2011 Agritechnia, Deutz-Fahr teased that it was working on a 440 hp tractor, and this year that model was unveiled.

DF 11440 TTV




















photo courtesy of profi. 

The 11440 TTV ratchets up row-crop horsepower thresholds and will be the signature model of the 11 Series, which will include two additional models.

Learn more here on the profi website. 

And click here to read more from the 2013 Agritechnica.


Last Chance-Win A Trip To Welding University

Dec 26, 2013

 Partnering with Miller Electric, three lucky farmers will win an all-expenses-paid trip to their headquarters for hands-on welding training and a prize package!

To enter, visit this page and fill out the form. 

But hurry, all entries must be received by Dec. 31, 2013. 

Click these stories to learn more about previous winners and what they learned and the prizes they took home. 

The Welding Lottery

Welding Training

Welding Wisdom

Challenger Tractor in Beast Mode

Dec 23, 2013

 Agritechnica is known for providing a platform manufacturers use to display eye-grabbing machinery with a marketing cause. Here’s just one example, Challenger’s tracked "Stealth" tractor:

 Agritech 13 HR 026

Read more about Agritechnica 2013 here and here and here

Biggest News in 2013 From Big Green

Dec 22, 2013

It's the time of year to look back and make note of the significant new machines that were introduced in the past year. 

Just last week, John Deere posted a blog about its top headlines in 2013. Here's their list.

Here's the recap we published from their annual dealer intro. 

Here's the video from the intro of the latest 8R tractors: 



Top 3 Videos from Apache Sprayers

Dec 20, 2013

 Here are the three top videos from Apache Sprayer from 2013. 

And click here for the top 5. 





50 Years of John Deere Windrowers

Dec 04, 2013

With the new W235 Windrowers, John Deere also marks 50 years of self-propelled windrowers. The new machines will be offered in two configurations—a Rotary (compatible with 994 and 995 heads) and a Draper (compatible with the 600D head.)

The W235 is the first John Deere windrower with integrated AutoTrac. The new machines are outfitted with the same cab as the S Series combines. You can read more here.

Here is a march through time in the develop of John Deere self-propelled windrowers: 









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