Case Drives 400 HP Magnum Into Tractor World:
Case IH has expanded its AFS Connect Magnum series lineup with a 435-peak-hp tractor complete with redesigned cab, new AFS Vision Pro operating system, AFS Pro 1200 display and Automated Brake Assisted Steering.
"The goal of infusing AFS Connect with a 400-horsepower Magnum is to help improve producers' workflow, productivity and efficiency," says Jay Barth, Case IH high-horsepower marketing manager.
Here are a few features:
> Upgraded 21-by-5 transmission, 21 speeds forward and five reverse. The transmission allows for constant 435 peak hp to the ground with 10% power growth in both wheeled and Rowtrac versions.
> Automotive-quality cab offers three new system components: AFS Pro 1200 display, AFS Vision Pro operating system and AFS Vector Pro receiver, allowing the operator to configure precision-farming functionality and tractor systems.
> The cab features enhanced heating and air-conditioning, new storage areas, cup holders, numerous charging and data ports, and a full-glass door for improved visibility.
> MultiControl Armrest has eight control buttons, a MultiFunction Handle with four programmable hot key buttons and an encoder knob that puts control at the operator's fingertips.
Case IH says the AFS Connect Magnum 400 is available for preorder this year and will be available in summer 2020.
For more information, visit www.caseih.com.
AGCO's Fendt Invasion:
Fendt brought its biggest-ever tractor display to one major farm show demonstrating to anyone who was paying attention that it intends a major incursion into North America.
Fendt has doubled its dealer locations in North America to 189 (98 added in the past year). The manufacturer says it is putting special emphasis on placing dealerships in areas to best serve prospective customers and existing Fendt owners. Fendt dealerships are now in 37 of the 54 U.S. states and Canadian provinces that are considered large ag markets, or 69 percent of all large ag markets.
"The Fendt dealership expansion is a clear sign of our continued commitment not only to growth in North America but to an expanded group of customers," says Bob Crain, senior vice president and general manager, Americas, AGCO.
Fendt has been pushing hard into the North American market with new machinery, including its Fendt 900 Gen6 series of row tractors in 2019 (296 to 415 hp) and the Fendt IDEAL combine in 2018.
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Fendt has promised a new North American planter introduction early in 2020. Interestingly, Fendt rolled out a 100% Brazilian-built folding planter this past spring in Brazil -- the Fendt MOMENTUM.
"We are aggressively addressing the row-crop segment in North America, which is very important because nearly 75% of North American farmers have row-crop conditions," Crain emphasizes.
For more information, visit www.fendt.com.
Kinze Shows Off Its 4700 Planter:
Kinze Manufacturing has been making a show this fall of its new 4700 planter. The new planter will be available for the 2020 season in a 36-row, 20-inch configuration with the Kinze 4000 series cast row unit.
The 4700 features Kinze's Blue Vantage display, Blue Drive electric drive and True Depth active hydraulic downforce -- all Kinze engineered and designed. Its three-section frame provides 15 degrees of tool bar flex up and down -- significantly more than on its earlier planters. The planter has 120 bushels of seed capacity and can carry 600 gallons of liquid fertilizer.
Kinze plans to manufacture in a year or two a 24-row, 20-inch planter on a 40-foot bar. By 2021, Kinze also looks to launch a tracked version of the planter.
The 4700 has 13 inches more transport road clearance than competitors to move over steep inclines and declines such as railroad tracks.
For more information, visit www.kinze.com.
New Vision From GSI:
GSI shows off a pair of grain visioning technologies.
> 3-D grain storage design technology allows potential buyers to see a 3-D mock-up of a grain facility. Customers see relationships between bins, driers and accessibility, even vision of future expansion in three-dimension. Coming is a system that allows potential buyers to actually walk through a 3-D depiction of a facility before it's built. The company says the software is ready, and the hardware is in the works.
> GSI's GrainViz gives users the ability to see the moisture content of each individual bushel and its location in a steel storage bin. Based on medical imaging used to detect breast cancer, GrainViz creates three-dimensional moisture maps allowing users to proactively address potential issues before they become a problem. The product is undergoing testing at multiple sites in the U.S. and Canada.
For more information, visit www.grainsystems.com.
A new application from Morton Buildings -- a ranch-style post-frame house with attached garage. The 1,600-square-foot home demonstrates Morton's clear-span construction, with no load-bearing walls.
For more info: www.mortonbuildings.com.
Danuser Unwinds the Wire:
Danuser introduces Python Wire Unroller to unroll barbed and smooth wire (Danuser also offers a Python Wire Winder). The Python Unroller connects to a 2-inch receiver. It features rebar and a T-post straightener.
For more information, visit www.danuser.com.
DeWALT Fencing Stapler:
DeWALT has produced a 20V MAX Cordless Fencing Stapler (DCFS950) built to install ag fencing. Up to 590 staples shot per charge. $799 MSRP with two 5.0Ah batteries.
For more information, visit www.dewalt.com.
WD-40 Non-Fling Lubricant:
To meet the needs of farmers who must safely lubricate moving equipment and machinery, WD-40 Co. is introducing Non-Fling Roller Chain Lubricant. WD-40 Specialist Roller Chain Lube won't attract dirt and doesn't fling from high-rpm chains.
For more information, visit wd40specialist.com/products.
No Beating BadAss Benches:
Need a bench that stands up to heat and hammering? BadAss Workbenches, made in Kearney, Nebraska, are worth how they look. Workbenches with up to ¾-inch steel tops; drawers rated for 450 pounds; 1,200-pound casters.
For more information, visit badassworkbench.us.
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