Equipment Roundup

AGCO, Deere Add Tech, New Systems to Equipment Lines; Bobcat Adds New Telehandlers

Dan Miller
By  Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Bobcat's TL723 and TL923 telehandlers feature a low-profile boom that sits below operator eye level. Similarly, the engine basket sits lower for increased line of sight. Both models have a wrap-around rearview window giving operators a clear view of the machine's side and rear. (Photo courtesy of Bobcat)

In this Equipment Roundup, DTN/Progressive Farmer looks at AGCO acquiring Winnipeg, Canada-based autonomous software company JCA Industries Inc., Bobcat announcing new telehandlers and Deere penning a joint venture with SureFire Ag.

Read on for more details.



AGCO has acquired JCA Industries Inc., a Winnipeg, Canada-based business working in the development of autonomous software for agricultural machines, implement controls and electronic system components.

JCA specializes in the design of electronic systems and software development to automate and control agricultural equipment. JCA's path planning, sensor fusion and remote-control software products are used today by original equipment manufacturers. JCA also has been serving some of the world's leading agriculture equipment manufacturers as a provider for electronic designs and software for autonomous machine development.



All-new TL723 and TL923 telehandlers from Bobcat feature redesigned comfort cabs, turbocharged Tier 4 engines and easy-to-access service points. These newest models, in addition to the TL619 launched in 2021, round out the R-Series telehandler lineup.

The TL923 hydraulic system is designed for faster boom speeds and heavier lifting.

Both the TL723 at 100 horsepower and the TL923 at 135 horsepower come equipped with advanced Bobcat Tier 4, turbocharged engine. The units are equipped with automatic ride control to reduce material spillage and allows faster movement of material.

Some features:

-- An ECO mode allows the operator to maintain hydraulic performance without using the engine's full power -- working with lower RPM, less noise and lower fuel consumption.

-- Smooth Drive mode is ideal for maneuvering across jobsites.

-- Dynamic Drive mode increases the responsiveness of the telehandler's acceleration and deceleration.

-- Flex Drive mode allows the operator to manage the engine speed independently from travel speed.

-- Advanced Attachment Control mode allows for full auxiliary hydraulic performance.



Deere & Company has entered a joint venture with Atwood, Kansas-based SureFire Ag Systems and its subsidiary, SureFire Electronics. It builds fertilizer and sprayer mixing systems.

The joint venture will operate under the brand names SurePoint Ag Systems and SurePoint Electronics.

SurePointâ?¯designs and manufactures liquid fertilizer application and spray tendering systems, and anhydrous and irrigation injection equipment. The company builds customized kits to upgrade fertilizer application technology on planters, with instructions and teams that can help dealers install kits for customers.

SurePoint works across brands. Through the joint venture, SurePointâ?¯will have access to select Deere technologies.

SurePoint was founded in 2007.

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