Tie rod ends have a tapered design that allows them to fit and stay tight when installed. Before removing an old tie rod end for replacement, count the number of exposed threads. Install the new one leaving the same number of threads exposed.

How to replace worn steering components

Replacing old, loose tie rod ends is an easy on-farm repair you can do yourself

Older tractors, self-propelled machines and farm trucks tend to get a little hard to control with age. Driving some of them down the road at maximum speed can be a bit like herding goats, and a little dangerous. They will only go approximately where you want them to. The reason is often due to excessive […] Read more


Vermeer’s BW5500 inline bale wrapper is designed to help speed up the wrapping process for large producers or custom operators.

New Vermeer bale wrapper

Inline wrapper designed for larger operations

Vermeer has added a new inline bale wrapper to its hay and forage equipment lineup. The BW5500 is designed to cut down the wrapping time for large-volume hay growers and custom operators. “As you increase the number of bales wrapped each year, producers should consider moving from an individual wrapper to an inline wrapper,” said […] Read more



The bushings slid into place in these leaf springs easily without damage.

Cool it: cold temps for a smooth fit

How to use extreme changes in temperature to ease parts installation in your shop

A variety of parts on ag equipment and vehicles are designed to have a friction or interference fit, which means components fit together so tightly they maintain their position relative to each other without any kind of fastener holding them in place. Bearing races, for example, remain fixed tightly in a housing this way. It’s […] Read more


92-year-old Hal Burns (2nd from right) shakes hands with Doug Roy, also pictured are Brian Wilson (far left) and Henry Dechant (far right). 
Burns was the pilot who flew this same aircraft when it was based in Iceland during the Second World War.

High-flying farm workshop project

These men went to great lengths to bring in and restore a 1943 Canso PBY-5A airplane

Many farmers have travelled long distances to bring back a unique restoration project to put in the workshop for the winter. But six men from Fairview, Alberta, may hold the record for having the most-difficult-to-retrieve farm shop project ever. They trekked all the way to Sitidgi Lake, Northwest Territories, to rescue an abandoned 1943 Canso […] Read more



Clean Seed Capital Group held a ceremony to mark the launch of the first production CX6 Smart Seeder outside the manufacturing facility in Steinbach, Manitoba. The event went ahead despite a sudden April snowstorm.

CX6 Smart Seeder goes into production

Clean Seed Capital Group unveiled its first production model drill in April

Anyone walking the aisles of a farm show in Western Canada dur­ing the past couple of years has probably noticed a prototype of the Clean Seed CX6 Smart Seeder on display. It’s made the rounds to several shows during that time. But when the first production model was introduced to the public in early April […] Read more


A special graphic was included on Golden Anniversary NH T7 tractors celebrating the Basildon England assembly plant’s 50th birthday.

Celebrating milestones

Ag machinery anniversaries and production milestones you may not have heard about

Machinery brands have been publicly celebrating a lot of anniversaries lately — and for good reason. They provide marketing staff with a great opportunity to emphasize past achievements and build on brand loyalty. We don’t always mention them in the pages of Grainews. But with our April 26 cover story detailing AGCO’s latest production milestone, […] Read more



Large implements, like air drills, place very high hydraulic demands on a tractor. Only an efficient hydraulic system is up to the job of handling them.

Understanding hydraulic systems

A look at the basics of open- and closed-centre systems

With so many large implements now demanding multiple oil flows from high-output hydraulic systems, every producer understands meeting those specifications will almost certainly require a tractor with a closed-centre hydraulic system. Less efficient, open-centre systems were once the industry standard. And there are still many new tractors on the market today that rely on them, […] Read more


Salford’s BBI dry product spreaders will now be available with a section control feature to minimize overlap.

Section control on BBI spreaders

Salford’s BBI dry spreaders can now work from prescription maps

At last year’s Canada’s Farm Progress Show, Salford Group announced it had acquired spreader manufacturer BBI and displayed one of the brand’s models at its exhibit for the first time. In February, Salford announced BBI dry product spreaders will now be available with a section control feature to minimize overlap. That, says the company, will […] Read more



New Holland introduced its updated line of T5 tractors in February.

New Holland re-engineers its T5 tractors

The New Holland brand started off by making a name for itself in haying equipment. Over the years as the brand has expanded its product line and global reach, that presence and reputation in the forage equipment market has remained its main marketing advantage. I’ve spoken to many of the brand’s executives several times over […] Read more


Elmer’s Manufacturing of Manitoba says its study shows converting grain carts to track systems can save 11 to 15 per cent in fuel consumption rates.

Can you save money with tracks?

Two manufacturers say their rubber-belt track systems can put money in growers' pockets

There’s no doubt the demand for rubber-belt track systems on ag equipment continues to grow. Many new implements hitting the market are now designed specifically for tracks and don’t even offer wheels as an option. But no matter how you slice it, track systems boost the cost of an implement purchase pretty significantly. So, are […] Read more