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December 16, 2010 08:11 AM

FJ 016 F10488The past year brought new equipment that can be put to the task across the farmstead for tillage, planting, harvesting and everything in between.

Hearty horsepower. From utility tractors to four-wheel drives, tractors were introduced with the power on hand for any farm chore.

Case IH introduced three models to the Puma tractor lineup: 105 PTO hp, 120 PTO hp and 135 PTO hp. The models are powered by Tier 4 Interim compliant engines with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and geared with continuously variable transmissions. The nine Case IH Magnum Series models range from 150 PTO hp to 280 PTO hp. The 180, 190, 210 and 225 tractors are powered by 6.7-liter engines, and the 235, 260, 290, 315 and 340 are powered by 8.7-liter engines with SCR from Fiat Powertrain Technologies. The 10 models in the Case IH Steiger Series (including three HD and four Quadtrac models) range from 290 PTO hp to 520 PTO hp.

Powering the 350 model is an 8.7-liter engine; the rest of the Steiger lineup relies on a 12.9-liter engine, and both engines feature SCR.

Joining the JCB Fastrac 7000 Series is the 7270. The tractor is powered by a 6.7-liter Cummins engine rated at 260 engine hp.

The John Deere 8R and 8RT Series tractors feature six models with wheels and three models with tracks. The 2011 model year brought Tier 4 Interim compliant engines and a 10 engine hp to 15 engine hp increase over the 2010 models. Standard technologies include JDLink Ultimate Service and Service Advisor Remote, complimentary for one year.

McCormick added the T-Max Series, with three models: T90 Max, T100 Max and T110 Max, offering 70.5 PTO hp to 86.5 PTO hp. The series is powered by four-cylinder Perkins 1104D Tier 3 compliant diesel engines.

Massey Ferguson launched four 2600 HD Series utility tractors ranging from 62 PTO hp to 83 PTO hp.

New Holland expanded its utility tractor lineup with a 65 PTO hp Workmaster model and two TS6000 models at 90 PTO hp and 96 PTO hp. New Holland T8 tractors range from 185 PTO hp to 280 PTO hp and are powered by 8.7-liter engines from Fiat Powertrain Technologies with SCR. The T9 Series four-wheel-drive tractors from New Holland come in two chassis sizes—a 36" standard frame and a 44" wide frame—range from 354 engine hp to 608 engine hp and are powered by 9-liter and 13-liter engines outfitted with SCR. With 65 PTO hp, the T723 replaces previous TYM tractor models. Powered by Perkins engines, T723 tractors are outfitted with a standard 24F/24R shuttle transmission or an optional power shuttle transmission.

Versatile expanded its row-crop series of tractors with 305 engine hp and an optional dual speed PTO.

Harvest help. Combines and the harvest heads paired with them are designed for greater efficiency.

Case IH added the 3020 flex head, available in 20', 25', 30' or 35' sizes with a special dealer-installed kit for in-cab hydraulic adjustment of the flex head tension.

Claas of America’s Lexion 700 Series combines stretch across Class 6, Class 7, Class 8, Class 9 and even Class 10, with the Lexion 770 powered by a 16-liter Mercedes engine with a rated speed of 523 hp and 563 maximum engine hp. Claas also added 18-row 20", 12-row 22" and 18-row 20" configurations. The MaxFlo draper head, in 35' and 40' widths, uses an auger intake system instead of traditional center feed belts. Vario 1200 and 1050 headers—40' and 35', respectively—use a fore-and-aft cutterbar adjustment for consistent crop flow.

Gleaner unveiled the S7 Series transverse rotor combines, featuring the Tritura processor for 48% more volume. Designated as Class 6 and Class 7, they offer up to 390-bu. capacity.

John Deere partnered with Hillco to introduce the Cob Collection System for 9670, 9770 and 9870 model STS combines. To harvest corn biomass, the system features push-button control of cob collection; allows for quick changeover between crops; features variable cleaning technology; and uses a rugged, easy-to-dump cart that can be towed by the combine or tractor.

John Deere’s Frontier Equipment added two wide-row corn heads: CH2208 and CH2112, in 36" and 38" spacings.

New Holland offered a new option for CR Series Twin Rotor combines with SmarTrax, a triangular track system that replaces the wheels on the front axle. The company also added a 740CF Super Flex auger header and a 16-row 98D corn head with 30" spacing.

Sprayers reach out. The self-propelled sprayer market grew, with updated models and new companies in the mix.

AGCO rolled out five new RoGator applicators that use an advanced drive system with two-piece construction: a hydraulic motor and a separate gear reduction hub. This system allows for smoother shifting, better acceleration and lower engine speed (1,950 rpm)
in transport.

The AS720, AS1020 and AS1220 models of Apache sprayers from Equipment Technologies feature an all-new cab, chassis and product fill options and a new powertrain.

Hagie introduced the STX10, which includes a 1,000-gal. product tank, 60" ground clearance, a 60/80 boom and an optional 60/90 boom. The new boom design is 40% lighter and has 100 less parts than its predecessor.

New Holland entered the market sector with its Guardian line, manufactured by Miller St. Nazianz, with front boom and rear boom designs.

Versatile introduced the SX274 self-propelled sprayer, originally developed by Redball but updated for today’s row-crop market. The sprayer has a 1,200-gal. tank and a 80', 90', 100' or 120' boom.

The planting pass. With customers demanding the perfect planting pass, companies answered the call with new planting and seeding equipment.

The Case IH Precision Air 3580 has a three-compartment tank with a total capacity of 580 bu. and features for long-lasting performance, including steel tanks with tough, powder coat paint inside and out for a harder finish and better rust protection.

For small-acreage farmers, Great Plains designed four-, six- and eight-row Yield-Pro planters that can be built for 30" or twin rows and are available in three-point-mounted or pull-type configurations. The 2007HD 20' and 3007HD 30' narrow-transport air drills from Great Plains sport
capacity, flexibility and a 10' transport width. Farmers can choose 6" or 7½" row spacings (or 10" with 3007HD)and one of three cart configurations.

Kinze expanded its 3600 Series with 12-row and 16-row configurations. Equipped with Air Seed Delivery, the planters have two 40-bu. poly hoppers for delivery to individual row units.
John Deere introduced two larger sizes of the 1890 No-Till Air Drill in 50' and 60' widths and with the same hydraulic downforce system seed placement of the 90 Series Air Drills.

New Holland introduced the P1070 three-tank air cart with 580-bu. tank capacity—150 bu. more than the company’s previously largest air cart.

Dirt workers. Whether designed as a primary tillage pass or to set the seedbed, tillage tools are being engineered for today’s expectations.

The Blu-Jet BT Conquest is built for tough residue situations, with individ-ual Super 1200 Coulters spaced on 15" centers and mounted individually to the frame. The coulters feature 1,200 lb. of spring pressure, 20" fluted blades and low/no-maintenance grease points. Blu-Jet modified EdgeBent Shanks with MaxPacs and chisel points are set on 15" spacings.

The Great Plains SS1800 and SS2000 folding in-line subsoilers are built for big acreage and high horsepower, but with a narrow transport width. Redesigning its previous lineup, Great Plains introduced the 8000 Series field cultivators, which are beefed up and better balanced. Great Plains also added to its vertical tillage lineup with the 5000 Series Turbo-Chisel, available in four 9- to 15-shank rigid-frame units and six 13- to 23-shank folding models that fold to a transport width of 14½'.

Krause enhanced the Gladiator tillage system with three-point-mounted models in 6-, 8- and 12-row sizes available in 30", 36", 38" and 40" spacings. The company entered the vertical tillage market with its Excelerator tillage tool in 20', 25' and 30' widths.

Redesigned for its third generation, the Series 2310 Weatherproofer III tillage tool from Landoll is available in eight models ranging from 10' to 20' working widths. The 2310 lineup is built with 4"x8" steel tubing and maintenance-free bearings on rockshaft and disk gang pivot points.

Sunflower introduced the 6630 vertical tillage system. Available in five models from 21' to 32', the front gang features 22" SoilRazor VT blades from Ingersoll Tillage Group, which are set at an 18° angle. The redesigned Sunflower 1550 Series is a five-section harrow that features duplex wing hinges and walking triple tandems, which are industry firsts. This disk harrow spans 50' but folds to 18' wide and 14' high.

Nutrient placement. An increased interest in nitrogen application options led three companies to expand their lineup of application toolbars.

The Case IH Nutri-Placer 940 is available in 60' and 65' widths and comes standard with 30" centers but can be ordered with 15" centers. The 30" centers can accommodate 24 shanks with coulters on the 60' model and 26 shanks with coulters on the 65' model. The optional 15" centers can accommodate 47 shanks without coulters on the 60' model and 51 shanks without coulters on the 65' model.

The Nutri-Pro from Great Plains is available in 30' to 40' working widths and is built with a leading coulter followed by an anhydrous knife, a single 20" Vantage liquid coulter or a double row-cleaner three-coulter system. The fertilizer toolbar is available as a floating-tongue pull-type model, a three-point-mounted unit or a semi-mounted unit with lift-assist wheels.

John Deere expanded its 2510H toolbar lineup with the 23-row applicator with five-section flex-fold frame and hydraulic down pressure.

Chore time. Around the farm, utility vehicles and ATVs are called on for a spectrum of chores, and manufacturers provided work-ready vehicles.

In its third generation of models, the Bobcat utility vehicles feature more power, greater capacity, improved ride and handling and faster speeds. The lineup benefits from a joint engineering partnership between Bobcat and Polaris to introduce utility vehicles that put work first.
The Honda Rancher ATV line has a powerful liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 420-cc engine with electric starting.

New to the Polaris Ranger utility vehicle lineup is the midsize Ranger 500 EFI (electronic fuel injection), a four-person Ranger Crew 500 and the Ranger Diesel, powered by a 904-cc three-cylinder diesel engine. In the ATV segment, Polaris raised the front radiator and updated the styling of the Sportsman 800 EFI, Sportsman Big Boss 6x6 800, Sportsman 400 H.O. and Sportsman Touring 500 H.O.

The 2011 lineup of crossover utility vehicles from John Deere includes the fastest and most powerful Gator ever produced: the Gator XUV 825i, with 50 hp and a top speed of 44 mph. The XUV 625i is powered by a 625-cc gas EFI engine. It’s rated at 23 hp and top speed is 30 mph.
Yamaha introduced the Grizzly 450 Auto 4x4 EPS with reduced weight and a rear-sealed wet brake.

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