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December 2008 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.

Santa Rides a John Deere?

Dec 24, 2008
It’s quite the sight in Fishers, Indiana. More than seven acres are decorated with Christmas displays featuring scenes of old town Christmas, ag, Town of Bethlehem, Noah's Ark and more!
Reynolds Farm Equipment, a John Deere dealer with four locations, has made this display a tradition for 16 years. The lights are turned on at their Fishers dealership from Nov. 25 to Jan. 2.
Here’s a video with a full shot of the display a couple of years ago:
A new addition to the 2008 show is a 50’ tall abominable snowman that has the Reynolds Express Christmas Train travel through its legs.
Check it out here:
As they said “And as always, it's our gift to YOU. Remember the Reason for the Season. It's FREE!”
To learn more, you can visit the Reynolds Farm Equipment web site.

Tractors on the Horizon

Dec 19, 2008
As machinery manufacturers have stepped up in compliance with the phases of engine emission standards they’ve rolled out new models with the advanced engines. As new levels of engine refinement are brought to market, the machines powered by them soon follow.
In 2011, Tier 4 Interim will come into effect. In the ag market, Cummins, John Deere, and Sisu Power have laid out how they’ll reach Interim Tier 4 standards, which are varying engine platforms and technologies.
Sisu will be implementing Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) as its platform to achieve Tier 4, and so far is the only engine manufacturer in the ag market to announce its use of SCR. AGCO says these engines will provide improved fuel efficiency, a less complex engine design, and the necessary reduction in emissions.
Their engine design relies on a SCR catalytic convertor to be supplied urea by an auxiliary tank. In the SCR catalytic convertor, the ammonia reacts with nitrogen oxides in the engine exhaust, which results in nitrogen and water being the final emissions. On top of current standards, Tier 4 Interim mandates there must be a 90% reduction in diesel particulates and a 50% reduction in nitrogen oxides.
So what will tractors look like with this new engine design? Well, farmers in Europe got a look at the all-new Massey Ferguson 8600 when it won the Tractor of the Year award at EIMA, a farm equipment show held in Bologna, Italy. This was the first time AGCO displayed a tractor with outfitted with the new engines with SCR.
And we got additional confirmation of the yet-to-be released tractor lines in this past week’s conference call hosted by AGCO. The company says they plan on releasing a North American version of the tractors with AGCO, Challenger and Massey Ferguson brands sometime in early 2009. 
Stay tuned for more machines outfitted with Tier 4 Interim engines. And we’ll keep you posted about what using an engine employing SCR means to you. As we approach even stricter emission standards with Tier 4 Final in 2014, manufacturers have openly said they are keeping SCR in their testing programs.
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