Machinery Chatter

New From the National Farm Machinery Show

Dan Miller
By  Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
New Holland's Genesis T8 series features the SideWinder Ultra armrest giving operators fingertip control of field operations. (Photo courtesy of New Holland)

The 2019 National Farm Machinery Show brought dozens of the nation's top manufacturers and suppliers and 300,000 visitors to Louisville, Kentucky for an insider's look of what's new in agriculture.

Here are some of the things visitors saw at the show:

NEW HOLLAND ANNOUNCES GENESIS T8 WITH PRECISION MANAGEMENT

New Holland Agriculture rolled out its new GENESIS T8 Series tractor with Precision Land Management (PLM) at the show. PLM is New Holland's precision farming platform, a system developed in-house by New Holland engineers. "The GENESIS T8 with PLM Intelligence has been carefully engineered to meet the needs of our customers. We've created a tractor that's literally built for the way (our customers) work," said Ken Paul, product marketing manager for New Holland, North America.

The tractor cab brings 360-degree viewing to operators with its large windshield, glazed door and glass side and rear areas. For operator comfort, a deluxe air suspension seat is standard with the T8. A ventilated, fully active Auto Comfort seat is optional. The cab interior features larger areas for storage, an increased number of power ports, vents and egress lights.

Central to the cab is the space-age design SideWinder Ultra armrest with IntelliView 12 system. Armrest and monitor gives drivers customizable control of the tractor's mechanical functions and intuitive access to the T8's information systems.

CASE IH LAUNCHES NEW AFS SOIL COMMAND APPLICATIONS

Case IH is expanding AFS Soil Command agronomic control technology to its Tiger-Mate 255 field cultivator, single-fold True-Tandem disk harrows and vertical tillage tools, and the Ecolo-Tiger 875 disk ripper. Building on its existing seedbed sensing technology capabilities, AFS Soil Command will help producers precisely coordinate control of their tillage equipment from the tractor cab. This technology uses Case's Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) components to optimize machine settings as field conditions change.

"AFS Soil Command helps producers overcome the challenges of properly setting their tillage tool to unlock more agronomic potential of their seedbed," said Chris Lursen, Case IH tillage marketing manager.

UNVERFERTH DEVELOPS ONE-PASS COVER CROP SEEDING SYSTEM

Cover crop enthusiasts now have one-pass seeding, tillage and incorporation with the new Cover Crop Seeding option for the Rolling Harrow from Unverferth Manufacturing.

The seeder uses an air delivery system designed for high speed and accurate application. Tapered seed deflectors ensure even distribution. Hydraulic drive metering along with a roller-style, chevron meter design helps to create continuous seed flow at various seeding rates for most any cover crop. The Rolling Harrow provides good seed-to-soil contact for uniform emergence.

Slide gates provide manual shut-off of individual row units and seed meters remove for easy cleanout. Unit-mounted indicator lights quickly monitor fan pressure, seed level and seed meter function. The hopper holds 32.5 bushels.

The seeder will be available fall 2019.

JCB'S ARTICULATED HANDLER WORKS SMARTER

JCB's new TM420 articulated telescopic handler features the Tier 4 Final-compliant 4.8-liter JCB EcoMAX engine with variable geometry turbo and the JCB 6-speed Powershift with TorqueLock.

It produces 145 hp and features low-rev torque for reduced fuel consumption. The TM420 has a maximum lift of 17 feet 8 inches and 10 feet of forward reach, with a maximum lift capacity of 8,550 pounds.

RHINOAG BRINGS NEW ROTARY CUTTERS TO THE MARKET

RhinoAg has added a new series of multi-spindle rotary cutters, the TR Series. TRs were created to withstand more demanding jobs with new suspension and driveline designs.

"We're proud to add the TR Series to our lineup of cutters," said Greg Pollock, sales and marketing director for RhinoAg. "These units offer superior cut quality, easier maintenance, and longer life expectancy."

ROLLIN' OUT TIRES

-- Titan International, Inc. has expanded its premier tire line for compact tractors -- the GoodyearR14T. The crossover tire -- a combined hybrid of farm, turf and solid surface tread styles -- is available in 14 new sizes to allow for compact tractors up to 150 hp.

"We launched the first-of-its-kind R14T last year and have seen great success," said Scott Sloan, ag product manager/global LSW for Titan. "Based on overwhelming demand from original equipment manufacturers and end users, we expanded this line to 18 total sizes, making this our premier tire line for nearly any subcompact tractor or loader, as well as any compact or utility tractor on the market."

-- Camso has unveiled its proven performance CTS High Speed conversion track system, newly available for Case IH combines for North America. Previously, the system was offered only for John Deere S Series combines. Now it is available for Case IH 7, 8, and 9 combines.

The new CTS High Speed features an integrated final drive to achieve up to 23 mph for speed similar to a wheeled combine. CTS High Speed comes with 36-inch wide, high-traction tracks.

During the 2019 Farm Machinery Show Camso displayed its next generation 4500 High Roading track series for the Case IH Steiger and Magnum Rowtrac tractors. Case IH Rowtrac tractors will be able travel up to 25 mph on the narrow tracks.

KUBOTA HAS NEW M7 OFFERING

Kubota Tractor Corporation's new Kubota M7 Gen 2 tractor is coming to market in three models: the M7-132, M7-152 and the M7-172, ranging from 100 to 140 PTO horsepower. The M7 Gen 2's are available for purchase beginning this month.

The M7 Gen 2 features a 30-speed semi-powershift transmission. The number of main gears has increased from four to six. An auto shifting function evaluates range gear and then automatically adjusts engine output to improve acceleration performance under light loads.

M7 Gen 2 tractors are equipped with a Kubota LM2605 front loader. The loader features a Kubota Z-Bar linkage for mechanical self-leveling and a single-lever hydraulic valve quick coupler for easy attachment and detachment. The LM2605 front loader boasts a lifting capacity of 5,776 pounds at max pin height.

THUNDER CREEK UPS ITS FUEL HAULING GAME

Iowa's Thunder Creek Equipment manufacturer has upgraded its Fuel and Service Trailers (FST) with a series of improvements. The FST platform now includes a re-engineered tank design that increases short- and long-term durability. The FST class trailers also boast a redesigned front-end that reduces dust and debris inside the trailer's main chassis.

Other upgrades include the use of thicker-gauge steel on FST doors, new heavy-duty latches, new Spin-Secure Fuel Caps, new fuel meter and filter options, increased strength of the entire front box compartment and upgraded, heavy-duty 35- and 50-foot fuel hose reels.

Thunder Creek's FST models haul 500, 750 or 990 gallons of diesel and 100 gallons of DEF.

Dan Miller can be reached at dan.miller@dtn.com

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