Written by Sara Brown and Nate Birt
Digital Interface Welder
Victor Technologies has redesigned its Thermal Arc 186 AC/DC inverter for HF TIG, Lift TIG and stick welding. The Thermal Arc 186 features 15 amps more TIG welding power than the previous model and a new digital operator interface that makes setting weld parameters more intuitive. The Thermal Arc 186 AC/DC provides a welding duty cycle of 20% when TIG welding 200 amps/18 volts. Stick welding duty cycle is 16% when welding at 120 amps/26.6 volts and is suitable for 6011, 6013, 7014, 7018 and other electrodes up to 5/32" diameter. Price: $1,899. Contact: Victor Technologies, 16052 Swingley Ridge Road, Suite #300, St. Louis, MO 63017; (636) 728-3000; www.victortechnologies.com.
Frame Secures Transfer Pump
An optional aluminum frame is now available for Pentair’s Hypro 1542 Series Polypropylene Transfer Pump. The frame is intended to ease handling and boost protection during liquid material transport. It secures transfer pumps that are commonly used for filling tanks on self-propelled sprayers and transferring chemicals. The new tubular frames are lightweight yet sturdy and offer ergonomic gripping positions, protecting the pump while also enabling sprayer operators to move the pump without holding the pump directly. Contact: Pentair Hypro, 375 5th Avenue NW, New Brighton, MN 55112; (800) 424-9776; www.hypropumps.com.
Affordable On-Farm Nitrate Tests
Winter is the best time to check the nitrate content of your soil and dry forage. The Nitrate Elimination Company’s 200 Series Soil and Dry Forage Nitrogen Test Kits have been redesigned to allow farmers to accurately test soil and forage for nitrate levels. Enzyme-based reagents are used for nitrate detection, like previous models. But these reagents are premeasured to increase accuracy. This also makes the kits easier to use in the field. Enzyme-based phosphate tests and methods will be available in the coming months. Price: $30 and up for five tests. Contact: The Nitrate Elimination Company, 334 Hecla St., Lake Linden, MI 49945; (888) 648-7283; www.nitrate.com/product/agriculture.
Flexible, Reusable Gear Tie
Nite Ize Gear Ties wrap and organize cords and wires. Keep your tractor cab cables, jumper cables, extension cords and larger electric cords neat and untangled with a quick simple twist. Gear Ties are available in a variety of lengths for farm, shop and home tasks. The strong wire inside holds its shape, but the flexible and reusable nature of the ties makes it easy to reposition. The ties are waterproof and UV-resistant. A tough rubber shell provides excellent grip for use
indoors or outdoors, in any weather, and won’t scratch or mark surfaces. Colors vary by size and packaging: black, blue, pink, lime, forest green, yellow, desert tan, foliage green, coyote brown, dark navy blue and bright orange. Suggested retail price, each: 3", $4.49; 6", $4.49; 12", $5.59; 18", $5.99; 24", $6.49; 32", $7.49. Available separately or in combination packs at a variety of farm and home retailers. Contact: Nite Ize Inc., 5660 Central Ave., Boulder, CO 80301; (800) 678-6483; www.niteize.com.