Machinery Journal

August 20, 2016 02:35 AM

By Laura Mushrush and Ben Potter

Yamaha Roles Out 2017 4x4 ATV and SxS models

Safety and durability underpin the 2017 4x4 ATV and side-by-side models introduced by Yamaha Motor Corporation. 


The 2017 Viking EPS side-by-side features electronic power steering, passenger hand holds and staggered bucket seats to enhance rider comfort. Ground clearance of 11.8", a front brush guard and On-Command four-wheel drive allow users to put the Viking to work, while engine breaking on the 686-cc liquid-cooled SOHC four-stroke lessens wear. The steel dump bed can carry 600 lb., and the Viking can pull up to 1,500 lb. 

The Kodiak 700 EPS ATV with On-Command four-wheel drive comes in a compact package with a cargo capacity of 308 lb., and can tow more than 1,300 lb. The 708-cc engine pairs with Yamaha’s Ultramatic technology, featuring high, low, reverse and neutral gears. The ATV features engine breaking, hydraulic front disc brakes, sealed wet rear brake, electric power steering, 10.8" ground clearance and 129" turning radius.

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New Great Plains Tillage Tools, Planters Hit the Field

At Great Plains’ dealer meetings in mid-July, company officials were adamant its recent acquisition by Kubota wouldn’t cause significant changes.


“Great Plains is still Great Plains,” says Linda Salem, president. “We’re committed to continue to grow and evolve. It truly is business as usual.”

To drive that point home, the only equipment on display at the meetings was painted “Great Plains Green.” Here’s a sampling of Great Plains newest additions to its lineup:

Turbo-Max vertical tillage models are available in three new sizes: 8.5', 10' and 48'. Providing larger and smaller options than previously available was based on customer demand, says Berry Weis, marketing manager of Great Plains agriculture division.

The more compact Turbo-Max units can incorporate manure, manage residue, prepare seedbeds and help with interseeding for grass renovation after hard grazing seasons.

Great Plains’ five-section Ultra-Chisel plows are wider (39' to 45' wide) than the original models from 2015. They have a 900 lb. trip force and are ideal for tilling in the 8" depth range, says Mike Cleveland, Great Plains vice president of sales. In some instances, farmers will be able to eliminate a follow-up pass prior to the seedbed preparation pass, he adds.

The new 3P3025AH 30' stack-fold planter is versatile and compact.

“The 3P3025AH offers growers a unique variety of row spacings that are less common in the stack-fold planter marketplace,” Cleveland says. “These include 15" single- and twin-row configurations, as well as 20", 22", 30", 36" and 38" single row designs.”

The FCAA4500 field cultivator air drill combines tillage and seeding operations and can eliminate the need for an extra laborer and tractor during seeding, Cleveland says.

The drill’s base design is an 8544 Great Plains field cultivator with a Mix-Max shank pattern. On a 7" spacing followed by a seedbed conditioner reel, it can create a seedbed, eliminate weeds, uniformly mix soil and apply fertilizer, in a single pass. The FCAA4500 will be available this fall.

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