Machinery Journal

August 27, 2008 04:11 AM
Great Plains Extends Drill, Planter and Tillage Lineups
It took 26 semi-truckloads to show all of Great Plains Manufacturing's new equipment at its national dealer meeting near Kansas City. In all, the machines on display featured 622 row units and 544 Turbo coulters.
The new lineup includes two drills. The Model 3007HD air drill has a 30' planting width and folds to just 10' for transport. The HD in the model name stands for heavy duty, which is backed by the 07HD Series openers. The two 100-bu. hoppers carry a total of 200 bu. of seed or a combination of seed and dry fertilizer.
Another addition to the company's heavy-duty drills is the DF4010HD no-till drill. This 40' drill features the 10HD openers. The 3.2-bu.-per-foot seedbox comes with the standard configuration of 60% seed/40% dry fertilizer split, but it can also be ordered in 68/32, 55/45 and 100% seed configurations. Row spacing options include 7½" or 10". The machine folds to just under 15' for transport.
The YP40 is the most versatile planter the company has ever offered. This Yield-Pro planter is available with a choice of three openers and seven row spacings. Seed hopper options include the platform for a seed company bulk box, an 82-bu. bulk hopper and a 150-bu. bulk hopper. Operators have the option to pull a 1,600-gal. cart or a 1,600-gal. plus 400-gal. cart for starter and/or high-rate fertilizer. The floating hitch and a wing flex of 20° up and 20° down allows this versatile machine to handle versatile terrain.
Great Plains also adds two vertical-tillage tools to its lineup. The Turbo- Chopper provides a crisscross pattern of worked ground as the front row of 20" Turbo coulters on 10" spacings is followed by gangs of reels, which have a unique spiral design to minimize vibration. The perpendicular action handles tough residue and breaks up root balls. The Turbo-Chopper is available in a 15'6" rigid frame or in folding units ranging from 18' to 40'6" working widths.
The 5000 Series Turbo-Chisel is the Great Plains version of a coulter chisel. The front gang of 22" Turbo coulters are on 7½" spacings. Units can be equipped with either standard chisel shanks or a front row of parabolic shanks followed by either parabolic shanks or standard chisel shanks. There are 10 rigid and folding models that range in working width from 11'3" to 28'9". Working depth is up to 12". Rear attachment options are chopper reel gangs or buster bars.
For more information, visit a Great Plains dealer or contact Great Plains Manufacturing, P.O. Box 5060, Salina, KS 67401; (785) 823-3276; or log on to
Utility to the Next Level
The Bobcat D-Series Toolcat 5600 combines the functions of a pickup, compact tractor, skid-steer loader and utility vehicle. The vehicle features four-wheel-drive independent suspension, joystick and attachment control, optional high flow hydraulics, hydrostatic traction control and horsepower management. The diesel engine provides 56 hp, and the hydraulic dump cargo box has a maximum capacity of 2,000 lb. The Toolcat 5600 comes standard with the Bob-Tach system for easy mounting and changing front attachments in about a minute. Bobcat offers more than 40 attachments for its Toolcat models, including bale fork, bucket, flail cutter, grapple, pallet fork and sprayer. The Toolcat's enclosed cab has room for the operator, as well as a passenger. The in-cab features include air conditioning, heat, radio, CD player, shuttle shift, cruise control and hydraulic dump box control. For more information, visit a Bobcat dealer or
Claas Ratchets Up Its Harvesting and Tractor Models
The lineup of Claas Cougar forage harvesters has been extended with the introduction of roller conditioners on the Cougar 1400RC model. Equipping the Cougar with roller conditioners allows operators to choose the best fit harvester for their crop and mowing conditions. The Cougar 1400RC is designed to improve drying time, mow more acres and increase consistency and feed quality. The overall working swath width for this machine is 45'. It is equipped with a front-mounted mower conditioner, which lays a wide, loose and fluffy swath. Each of the five Disco mowers on the 1400RC has chevron roller conditioners and the Claas Quick-Knife system, which provides easy knife changing and less maintenance time.
The Claas Xerion 3800 has numerous features but the most attention-grabbing is its ability to rotate the cab 180° in less than 30 seconds.
At 382 hp, the Xerion 3800 is a higher horsepower version of the Xerion 3300, the company's first tractor in the series. That tractor introduced a new concept—a variable cab position by relocating the cab to another position on the tractor body.
The series is available with three cab position options: Trac, fixed in central position; Trac VC, cab rotates 180°; and Saddle Trac, fixed over position of the engine.
Powered by a Caterpillar six-cylinder engine, this tractor can be used for tillage, planting, mowing, spraying, high-capacity manure work, silage pit work and grain or silage hauling. The Xerion 3800 features a continuously variable ZF transmission, permanent four-wheel drive, 100% front and rear differential lock and a 100% central differential lock. The Xerion provides ease in maneuverability with its intelligent four-wheel steering and a 20' turning radius. With the touch of a button on the control unit, the Xerion can be driven in six steering modes to best suit the application at hand and provide efficient fuel use.
For additional information on the Cougar 1400RC and the Xerion 3800, visit a Claas dealer or

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