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Gain More Control While Processing Feed

Determined to give more control to when and how to process feed, Vermeer introduces its Final Cut FPX9000 bale processor. It provides fine cut capability producing the majority of the crop to a length of 11⁄4" to 4" and a quick processing time that allows for an optimal material size for feed mixing purposes. A heavy-duty slat and chain bale rotation system consistently feeds bales into the primary rotor and limits the need to reverse rotation of the bale. 

A multistage cutting process ensures consistency in the coverage of the crop being processed. A primary rotor cuts the initial pieces of crop from the bale before delivering it to the high-speed rotor knives. The high-speed rotor chops the crop further before sending it back through the primary rotor and ejecting it from the machine. Durable flails on the primary rotor intermesh with the knives on the high-speed rotor to minimize the chance of unprocessed crop being fed through the machine and reduce buildup of net and twine.

Two heavy-duty, direct drive gearboxes in the powertrain provide evenly distributed power transfer from the tractor’s PTO to the rotors. This allows a powerful right-hand discharge of the material. 

Maintenance is easy—it doesn’t require removing the entire rotation bed and bushings, and bearings don’t have to be replaced as often.

Price: $35,224 to $42,455. Visit for more details.  


Tillage Tool Provides Level Finish

Designed to reduce subsoil compaction, manage residue and provide a level field finish, the Kuhn Krause Dominator 4855 is available in 7-, 9-, 11- and 13-shank configurations. All walking beam weldments include 2¾" diameter “slip-in” spindles and eight-bolt wheel hubs, rated at 10,000 lb. each. The 4855-11 and 4855-13 models sport 360/65Rx17.5 tires to maintain flotation capabilities while increasing weight capacity. 

The 4855 includes hardened bushings and heat-treated pins to replace grease zerks and standard pivot pins in the parallel mount for rear disk conditioner’s lower links. A new angular contact bearing cartridge has been incorporated into each rear disk conditioner blade assembly. 

Price: $52,700 to $100,900. For more information, visit 


Well-Rounded Mid-Range Tractor

Geared toward livestock producers, Case IH released the four-cylinder 115, 125, 135 and 145 models in the Maxxum, Maxxum MultiController and Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) configurations. A six-cylinder Maxxum 150 model is also available in the Maxxum and Maxxum MultiController versions. 

The CVT technology with a double-clutch design helps maintain power to the ground. The tractors are equipped with fuel-efficient Tier 4B/Final SCR-only technology that meets EPA requirements. The lineup sports an improved turning radius on a longer wheel base for greater stability. 

A redesigned hood and roof foreshadow a new style coming soon to Case IH high-horsepower tractors. 

Price: $99,630 to $145,741. For more information, visit 


Smaller, More Versatile Sprayer

Focusing on a more compact sprayer, John Deere expands its 4-series sprayer lineup with the R4023 model, which replaces the 4630 model. Sporting a 4.5-liter, 173-hp Final Tier 4 engine, the R4023 offers a premium cab option and wide and narrow axle configurations. The sprayer offers a more maneuverable and versatile configuration for smaller odd-shaped fields. 

The 600-gal. sprayer is equipped with 80' booms that can fold to 60' booms. It comes with vibration-resistant C-channel chassis frame with a suspension dampening soft shock option for comfort and sprayer performance in rough terrain. For a larger footprint and less compaction, the R4023 sports Increased Flexion tire options. 

For more information, including pricing, see your local John Deere dealer or visit


Tillage Tool Covers Broad Conditions 

Versatility is the name of the game with the McFarlane Mfg. Co. Universal Tillage machine, the Incite 5000 series. It provides the flexibility to adjust to a range of soil types and field conditions, whether used in the spring or fall. The 28 wave concave blades can operate at high speeds in shallow depths or up to 6" for more traditional disk work. Available in 14' to 40' working widths, Incite is equipped with the Universal Tillage selector for on-the-go hydraulic adjustment of disk gang angles to 3°, 6° or 9°. The seven-blade, 18" open center Dura-Reel offers hydraulic height adjustment from the disk blade depth to 8" above. The 3-Bar Spike Tooth Harrow and the high-carbon eight-flat bar rolling basket enables the tillage tool to be used in various soil and residue conditions. 

Price: $86,439. Visit for more.


Mid-Range Tractor Geared Toward Livestock Market

Expanding its mid-range tractor segment, McCormick releases its X6 tractor series to replace the X60 series. The lineup features two models: the X6.420 has 101 PTO hp and the X6.430 is rated for 111 PTO hp. Both models sport a betapower 4.5-liter, four-cylinder Tier 4 diesel engine.

To transfer all power to the ground, a robust 36x12 transmission with hydraulic power shuttle includes three powershift speeds that can shift under load to adapt to changing conditions.  

Both models feature a four-wheel-drive front axle as standard equipment. The solid cast steel axle with outboard planetary final drives electronically engages with a simple push button. A fully locking front differential simultaneously engages with the rear differential to provide true four wheel pulling for traction. Integrated front axle brakes allow for stopping power without overloading the rear axle brakes.

With a choice between open center or closed center hydraulic systems, the open center system provides up to 17 gal. per minute (gpm) of flow to implements, while the deluxe closed center puts out 29 gpm of flow for heavier jobs. An electronically controlled Category 2 rear three-point hitch has a lifting capacity of 11,900 lb.

Price: $86,000 to $94,000. Visit  for more information.

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