Machinery Journal - October 2018

September 17, 2018 11:49 AM
Machinery Journal - October 2018

Kubota Adds Sidekick

Kubota Tractor Corporation’s largest gas-powered utility vehicle, the Sidekick, joins the RTV lineup. With a 48-hp gas engine, operators can reach speeds of up to 40 mph, compared with the top speed of 29 mph for its RTV-X models.

The Sidekick’s quick acceleration and high transport speed are matched with a continuously variable transmission with a centrifugal clutch. This gives the vehicle plenty of torque for a quick and smooth take-off. Maneuverability is improved with a speed-sensitive Electronic Power Steering. Tuned front and rear independent suspension offers a smooth ride, and engine-assisted braking allows for greater control and increased safety during descents. A selectable full-time four-wheel-drive system gives the operator optimum traction and control.

The Sidekick has a 2,000 lb. towing capacity. A trailer hitch comes as standard equipment.

There’s 15.2 cu. ft. of space in the steel cargo box and an optional electric hydraulic lift for dumping. The Sidekick offers electrical power. The regulator and fully-shielded generator are controlled by a microcomputer to ensure stable power for attachments, such as work lights, LED headlight, heater or wench.

A premium audio system, LED headlights, sports roof and bed extender are a few of the more than 50 attachments and accessories, developed for the Sidekick.

Find more information by visiting

New Silage/Stover Balers from Massey Ferguson

Farmers baling corn stover and high-moisture forages have a new baler option: the RB Series silage baler from Massey Ferguson. The company’s first silage baler, the RB Series offers two models of variable-chamber balers: the RB1460V, for a 4'x5' bale from 35.5" to 63" in diameter, and the RB418OV, for a 4'x6' bale with a diameter ranging from 35.5" to 71".

With a cam-less 84" tine-to-tine pickup, the RB Series balers have fewer moving parts, which makes them quieter, less sensitive to wear and more reliable. The five-tine heavy-duty pickup bar design makes a clean pickup of heavy, wet forages.

The balers feature several design aspects to ensure uniform, well-shaped bales that optimize baling, transporting and storage efficiency.

  • The compact pick-up is positioned close to the rotor, ensuring smooth, consistent crop flow into the bale chamber, well-shaped uniform bales and increased output.
  • The Constant Pressure System increases pressure as the surface of the bale grows, to maintain consistent bale density through the process.
  • Four continuous belts, made of rubber and synthetic material, have great tensile strength for a firm grip on the crop. The belts are made with overlap rather than joined with a seam to reduce  breakage and downtime.

Both baler models are equipped with the exclusive HydroFlex Control two-stage anti-plugging protection system that minimizes downtime. The automatic mechanical floor can flex downward underneath the rotor to allow a rock or crop bunch to pass through. In addition, the hydraulically controlled floor can be lowered from the cab to clear crop from the chamber before a plug occurs.

The RB series silage balers also feature the Xtracut 17 with two sets of hydraulically operated knife banks giving operators the option of not chopping or having eight, nine or 17 knives engaged, allowing for smaller cuts and adjustable cutting lengths up to 2.65".

 You can learn more at

Yamaha Rolls Out Two New ATVs

The 2019 Grizzly combines responsive and quick-revving power with increased mid-range and improved acceleration from a 6% gear reduction. Producing less noise and vibration, the Grizzly features an enhanced fuel-injected
700-class, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine. The ATV has an aggressive design, painted bodywork and 14" two-tone cast aluminum wheels for increased ground clearance and a wider track width. A new dash with a redesigned meter, pre-installed 2" tow receiver, Ultramatic automatic transmission, On-Command two-wheel- and four-wheel-drive system and Electric Power Steering round out the new Grizzly.

Featuring the same engine, the 2019 Kodiak 700 is built to work with more than 1,300 lb. of towing, 110-lb. front rack and 198-lb. rear rack capacities.

For more information, visit

Steiger Series Boosts Performance Features

Case IH’s Steiger Quadtrac and Rowtrac tractor lineup is getting a performance boost with several drive system advancements and factory-fit enhanced telematics that increase management capabilities. Along with a three-year, 2,000-hour warranty, the tractors now come with a one-year subscription to AFS Connect. Enhanced data-sharing capabilities allow transfer of A/B guidance lines, application and planting prescriptions and as-applied maps, as well as monitoring fault codes and key operating parameters.

Steiger Rowtrac tractors feature an improved track design for high-speed roading—capable of up to 25 mph—for tracks of all widths with no mechanical speed limitation. The 21" configuration is the only narrow-row track option in the industry. Case IH partners with three track suppliers to fit various needs.

A new patented Steiger Quadtrac and Rowtrac design has a fully cast undercarriage beam with roller wheel suspension. An additional 90-gal. steel fuel tank option for Rowtrac tractors increases productivity, adds durability to the frame and integrates with tri-point oscillation to evenly distribute the weight of the tractor across the frame. A twin-flow Smart Torque hydraulic pump option gives up to 12% more horsepower to pull heavy loads.

Learn more at

Back to news


Spell Check

No comments have been posted to this News Article

Corn College TV Education Series


Get nearly 8 hours of educational video with Farm Journal's top agronomists. Produced in the field and neatly organized by topic, from spring prep to post-harvest. Order now!


Market Data provided by
Brought to you by Beyer