Disk Ripper Sizes Up Stalks and Soil
Case IH adds the Ecolo-Tiger 870 model disk ripper, with working widths ranging from 14' to 26', to its Ecolo-Tiger Series. Spaced on 24" centers, the shanks run at full depth and have 2" or 7" tiger points. The tillage tool comes with standard 24" individual disks or optional 26" cushion gang disks. The Ecolo-Tiger 870 features a single-point adjustment for depth control, and double-edged reels for leveling are optional. A Perfect Hitch and large A-frame protect the jack and hose stands for easy hookup. Price range: $42,354 to $83,249. Contact: a local Case IH dealer; (877) 422-7344; www.caseih.com/na.
Chisel Series Boasts 10 Models
The 5000 Series Turbo-Chisel expands Great Plains Manufacturing's vertical-tillage lineup. The series consists of 10 rigid and folding models spanning working widths from 11'3" to 28'9". The front gang features 22" turbo coulters spaced 7½" apart, and the coulter bar is hydraulically adjustable. The chisel can be equipped with standard chisel shanks or parabolic chisel shanks. An optional toggle trip shank automatically resets itself. Optional rear attachments include a buster bar and chopper reel. Base prices: 9-shank, $24,700; 23-shank, $56,400. Contact: Great Plains Manufacturing Inc., 1525 E. North St., Salina, KS 67401; (785) 823-3276; www.greatplainsmfg.com.
The Hesston Series 9190 and 9192 rotary headers for the Massey Ferguson Hesston Series 9635 windrower feature a new cutterbar. The RazorBar low-profile cutterbar is engineered for stronger cutterbar performance and a closer cut. Cutting disks are 620 mm (20 mm larger than on previous models), and top speed has been increased from 182 mph to 189 mph. Disk overlap has been increased for improved cut quality. The 16' models feature a heavier gearbox. Base price: $31,198. Contact: a Massey Ferguson dealer; (770) 813-9200; www.masseyferguson.com.
Gary Vermeer, 1918–2009
On Feb. 2, 2009, Gary Vermeer, founder and chairman emeritus of Vermeer Corporation in Pella, Iowa, died. He started his manufacturing business in 1948, and in 1971 he invented the Vermeer big round hay baler. Vermeer's hay baler concept was inspired by his constant theme, "There has to be a better way." Vermeer always took time out of his schedule to help with field work. All of his grandchildren, as well as many of his great-grandchildren, have enjoyed sitting at his knee or by his side while he harvested corn. He is survived by his wife, Matilda; three children and their spouses, Stanley and Alma Vermeer, Robert and Lois Vermeer, and Mary and Dale Andringa; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. To send condolences, visit www.garyvermeer.com.
New Sprayer Model
Fast Sprayers offers the model 9600 line of pull-type sprayers. The 9600 can be outfitted with 1,050-gal. or 1,300-gal. tanks and matched with boom widths ranging from 60' to 100'. Sprayers with an 80' or larger boom come equipped with Fast's compact stealth tank and hydraulic telescoping hitch. A shorter wheelbase design minimizes trailer drifting in the field during side-hill and headland applications. The suspension base of the center pivot boom system is wider and features quick-lock pins. Optional features for the pull-type sprayer include Raven and Norac automatic boom height controllers, foam markers and dual wheels. List price: model 9600 sprayer with 1,050-gal. tank and 90' boom, $42,000. Contact: Fast Distributing, 54859 County Road 44, Mountain Lake, MN 56159; (800) 772-9279; www.fastdist.com.
Fresh Features and More Power
Everything from the cab forward is new on the Kubota M Series Deluxe tractors. Powered by four-cylinder Kubota engines, the series ranges from 85 PTO hp to 118 PTO hp. The tractors are geared with the Intelli-Shift transmission, which features an eight-speed dual-range powershift for 16 gears in forward and reverse. The M135X is Kubota's most powerful M Series yet and can be outfitted with an optional front suspended axle. In the cab, an updated LCD monitor and electronic engine system controls are available. The loader models LA1953 and LA2253 can be matched with the M Series. List price: M135X with loader, $82,593. Contact: Kubota Tractor Corporation, 3401 Del Amo Blvd.; Torrance, CA 90503; (888) 458-2682; www.kubota.com.
All-Purpose Compact Tractors
McCormick diversifies its lineup of compact tractors with the CTU and CTV Series.
The three models in the CTU Series range from 38 PTO hp to 50 PTO hp and are powered by Mitsubishi four-cylinder engines and four-cylinder turbo engines. The series consist of open-station and cab models. Standard features include mechanical four-wheel-drive engagement, a multiple wet disk PTO clutch, three-point hitch with telescopic lift arms and a joystick with midmount loader control valves. Base price: $25,458.
The CTV28 tractor is powered by a Mitsubishi S4L four-cylinder engine. The 28-hp tractor features a mechanical shuttle transmission, mechanical four-wheel-drive engagement and multiple wet disk brakes. The three-point hitch system can be paired with 10 available attachments. Base price: $12,485. Contact: McCormick International, 4258 Communications Drive, Norcross, GA 30093; (866) 327-6733; www.mccormickusa.com.