Written by Nate Birt and Margy Eckelkamp
Joining the New Holland Guardian line of self-propelled sprayers is the SP333F, a front-boom model with 333 hp. The lineup now features four front-boom and two rear-boom models ranging from 240 hp to 365 hp. The SP333F features a four-wheel hydrostatic drive and a 15' turning radius for easy maneuvering in tight spaces and at the headlands. It can be fitted with a 1,200-, 1,400- or 1,600-gal. tank and 90'-, 100'- or 120'-wide booms. The machine features a balanced 50/50 weight distribution, which maximizes traction and minimizes compaction while maintaining 6' of ground clearance. A hydraulically controlled four-wheel independent suspension improves spraying accuracy and operator comfort. The placement of the boom provides straight-ahead visibility from the driver’s seat. Deluxe and luxury cab packages are available, and both cab packages are pre-wired for auto-guidance. Base price: $362,000. For more, visit www.agriculture.newholland.com/us.
The MT400D Series of tractors from Challenger feature the MT455D, MT465D, MT475D, MT485D and MT495D models. Underneath the hoods, you’ll find 4.9-liter AGCO Power engines with a range of 90 to 125 PTO horsepower. Three transmissions are available—a 16F/16R, 24F/24R or continuously variable transmission. The rear axle of each tractor is built around a heavy cast-steel structure with internal planetary final drives to hold up under field stresses. The rear differential locks electrohydraulically in slippery conditions. From technology to comfort, three packages are available to fit farmer needs. The Classic Edition includes a standard four-wheel-drive front axle, the Deluxe Edition includes a suspended four-wheel-drive front axle and the Premium Edition includes hydraulic cab suspension. Base price: $100,791. For more, visit www.challenger-ag.us.
Seeding Family Grows
With the introduction of five pieces of equipment, Bourgault Industries Ltd. aims to help farmers with seeding. The 3720 Independent Coulter Drill Series features a 70' model that is available in 7.5", 10" and 12" spacings. High-flotation running gear is standard. Retail price: $175,000 for a 40' implement. The L7800 Air Seeder features four main tanks totaling 800 bu. in capacity and large 850/80R38 radial lug dual tires requiring 18 psi. Retail price: $270,000. The Model 7550 Air Seeder features a 550-bu. capacity divided into four compartments. Pricing has not been
announced. The Bourgault Bulk Boom allows farmers to fill a saddle tank with 1,000-lb. minibulk or
2,000-lb. bulk bags without transporting a loader to the field; it will be available on select air seeders. Retail price: $11,500. The Bourgault Auto Section Control system works with the Topcon X30 Seeder Controller to manage product distribution across the drill when it overlaps a seeded section. It is available in a limited release on 7000 Series air seeders. Retail price: $20,000 to $30,000, depending on seeding implement size. For more, visit www.bourgault.com.
Double-Duty Disk Opener
Dawn Equipment’s Cfx fertilizer opener is built with a double-disk design that angles the primary disk to open a furrow, while the smaller secondary disk runs in the direction of travel and holds the furrow open. The disks are supported from one side by a concentric roller bearing arrangement. A gauge/wiper wheel is located on the primary disk for basic operation. Fertilizer is applied in the space between the disks, eliminating the need for a fertilizer boot. The Dawn Cfx is the first fertilizer opener to incorporate hydraulic down pressure. An electronic ground-hardness sensor mounts directly to the Cfx, adding real-time control of the fertilizer opener, as well as the Dawn Gfx row cleaners and Dawn Rfx hydraulic planter row unit down pressure. Approximate price per row: $1,500. For more, visit www.dawnequipment.com.
Strong Blades, Secure Seeds
Two products from Exapta Solutions Inc. are intended to improve the performance of grain drills. Sharper, stronger blades that reduce hairpinning are available for John Deere 50, 60 and 90 Series no-till drills. Each blade costs $36.23. The Mojo Wire Small, which applies consistent pressure directly to the seed in the bottom of the furrow, has been expanded to include all Keeton firmers on grain drills. Resulting pressure is two to five times more than that applied under normal conditions. Each Mojo Wire for two-piece Keeton models costs $7 and fits most double-disk drills. For more, visit www.exapta.com.
Beefed-Up Disk Harrows
Introducing multiple disk harrow models, Kuhn Krause has incorporated heavier walking beams, wheel rockers, hubs and spindles on many sizes of the 8210 and 8310 models, as well as bigger transport tires on the two largest machines. The 8210 offers two new five-section 41' and 44' Quad-Fold sizes. Wing-lift wheels fully retract when the unit is folded, reducing transport width to 17'7" and height to 13'10". A larger 211 bearing is more durable, while the Rock-Flex bearing mount with a rubber-encased bearing has a long service life. The machines can be configured with 24/7 Harrows including three-row coil tine, three-bar spike, and round or flat bar conditioning reels. List price: 8210 Disk Harrow, 19’ to 44’: $39,000 to $93,000; 8310 Disc Harrow, 19’ to 37’: $43,000 to $83,000. For more, visit www.kuhnkrause.com.
Track Your Grain
Capable of unloading grain at up to 840 bu. per minute, the Parker 1648 grain cart holds 1,600 bu. A 12'4"x3' tracked undercarriage features hydraulic tensioning, 40" idler wheels and eight oscillating bogie wheels for optimum ground contact and flotation. The dual-auger unloading system features a 20"-diameter floor auger and a 22"-diameter vertical auger. The downspout is hydraulically operated for easy control during unloading. The standard WeatherGuard rollover tarp features a semi-trailer design that is intended to protect the cart’s contents. Camera monitor packages are optional. Base price: $132,000. For more, visit www.parkerequip.com.
- February 2014