Machinery Journal

April 25, 2014 10:23 PM
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Drill Improves Seed Performance

At the heart of the redesigned Model 5211 grain drills from Landoll Corporation is an externally fluted seed meter that lets farmers plant a wider range of seed sizes, including improved performance with alfalfa and soybeans. The four models, ranging in width from 10' to 20', are capable of no-till and conventional seeding and available with a standard three-point hitch, optional pull hitch or coulter cart. A gauge and threaded seed shaft adjustment offers a precise seed rate. Features include 15.8" blades on double-disk openers; standard soil-control strips; swivel-type press wheels; a Loup Monitor System including population monitor, bin level sensor and acremeter; and a pneumatic down-pressure spring. Main seed boxes have a "V" bottom for easy cleanout. List price range: $27,475 to $75,935. For more, visit

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Tractor Power and Comfort

Joining the Puma Series tractors from Case IH are six new models ranging from 125 PTO hp to 205 PTO hp. These machines can provide additional power up to 25 hp when constant hydraulic flow is needed or during high-speed transport. The Puma tractors are Tier 4 Final-compliant and equipped with 6.7-liter Case IH FPT engines with the exclusive SCR-only technology. Enhanced cab features have been carried over from the earlier Tier 4 Interim models and include a headliner with improved air-conditioning controls. Additional storage features in the cab provide office-in-the-field comfort. The MultiControl armrest’s MultiFunction handle has been updated with raised and ergonomically shaped buttons for added ease of operation. The controls are also backlit for more efficient nighttime operations. The cab boasts up to 63.2 sq. ft. of glass with the optional clear, shatterproof 4.5-sq.-ft. roof panel. Price range: $136,669 to $200,156. For more, visit

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Spacious Spraying Duo 

Versatile self-propelled sprayer models SX240 and SX280 offer farmers more comfort while spraying. The SX240 features a 240-hp engine coupled with a liquid tank made of poly that holds 1,000 gal. of product and a rinse tank that holds 100 gal. The SX280 features a 280-hp engine and either the 1,000-gal. poly tank or a 1,200-gal. stainless steel tank for liquid product. Its rinse tank holds 120 gal. Boom lengths of 90' or 100' are available for both models, and boom height ranges from 25" to 72". Both machines come standard with the HQ Cab, with 140 cu. ft. of space and 73.5 sq. ft. of glass. Inside are armrest-mounted console controls and a hand accelerator control for managing boom height and wing tip. Eight rotating eyeball vents ensure climate control. List price: $291,168 for the SX240; $304,863 for the SX280. For more, visit

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Tools to Manage Heavy Residue

Three products from Sunflower can help farmers improve tillage performance. The 6631 Vertical Tillage Series, replacing the 6630 Series, is built with a heavier frame for soil penetration and levelness, and the front gang is repositioned for better machine balance. The series includes seven models from 20'5" to 37'5" working widths, the exclusive Saber Blade and three finishing attachment options. 

The 1436 Disk Harrow is available in working widths from 20'5" to 35'4". It is built with leading weight per ground-engaging blades, a 20° overlapping front disk angle and full concavity blades. Farmers can choose optional blade spacing and three finishing choices. 
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Released in its first phase of features, the Sunflower Tillage Technology package is an ISOBUS-compatible monitoring technology for the 6631 Vertical Tillage Series and 1436 Disk Harrow. The system monitors levelness fore/aft and side-to-side, depth, acre count and service intervals. The electronics package comes factory-installed. Price range: $55,250 to $99,329 for the 6631 Series; $46,534 to $78,230 for the 1436 Disk Harrow; and $3,299 for the electronics package. For more, visit  


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