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February 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.

The Exact Science Test Method

Feb 26, 2014

 The tractor team at New Holland shared a repeatable experiment with me during National Farm Machinery Show. The joke is that they have the New Holland AutoCommand CVT down to "an exact science"

The Exact Science Test Method:  Reverse the tractor while having someone hold up the piece of paper in front of a beach ball on a cone. The precision requirement is to reverse the tractor without clutch or brakes while not knocking over the beach ball on the top of a cone.

It’s described as maneuvering a 32,000 pound tractor with "the ease of a butterfly" without using the clutch or brakes on the tractor.

In the image below, a "newbie sales rep" was the one in the tractor seat and did this on his first try (inside a show arena!).


The trick is using a low set speed value and using the "Drive Pedal" or "Go Pedal" to precisely inch the tractor. Then when the Drive pedal is released, the tractor goes to power zero and does not move.

Kubota Sets Sales Target for High HP Tractors

Feb 06, 2014

 What goes around comes around, and yet again I’m picking up on rumors that Kubota is almost ready to announce its plan for high horsepower tractors

We’ve reported on this here.

And here.  

And here.

Two weeks ago, Reuters reported some quotes from company president Yasuo Masumoto saying Kubota was seeking a joint venture with a European or U.S. company this year to produce tractors with a horsepower of at least 200. Although the company previous said it wanted to acquire a maker of high horsepower tractors, Masumoto that route would take too much time, and he is setting his target on selling 300 of these larger tractors by March 2016. Read more here.

In December 2013, Kubota announced its plans to construct a new factory in France specifically to produce 170 hp tractors for European , U.S., Australian and Japanese markets . Production from that facility should begin in April 2015 with a production capacity of 3000 units a year. Read more here.

Most recently, Kubota announced its acquisition of Kverneland in May 2012 yielded the launch of Kubota branded hay tools in the US. Those started getting delivered to dealers this month. Read more about that here.

I'll keep my ears open as this develops!


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