Before assuming a parasitic power drain was causing the battery to go dead, we checked the charging system with a multimeter. The multimeter reading of about 14.5 volts with the tractor engine running indicated the alternator was doing its job.


How to track down an electrical fault

We trace the source of a tractors' parasitic power drain with a multimeter

Automotive electrical systems in newer machines that make extensive use of computer processors can be very complex and confusing. But there are a lot of machines on the farm with electrical systems that won’t have anywhere near that level of complexity, especially those with diesel engines and no computer controls. Finding and fixing electrical faults […] Read more


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Small sprayer with a big reach

Top Air pull-type UTV sprayer now available with 60-foot boom

Unverforth Manufacturing just announced the release of a 60-foot boom for its small Top Air sprayer, which is designed to be pulled behind a UTV. The boom can be set to operating heights of between 12 and 30 inches without the use of any tools. The outer sections use a breakaway design to help prevent […] Read more



This photo taken at Massey-Ferguson’s combine test facility in the early 1960s shows the bump track used to test long-term durability.

Shaking things up

Here's how manufacturers test the durability of vehicles and machines

The expectation of quality among buyers of farm machinery has risen substantially in past decades. As a result, all manufacturers have felt the heat to live up to customer demand and implemented a host of new quality control programs both on and off assembly lines, including at the design phase. That goes for vehicle manufacturers […] Read more


Russell Wildfong’s on-farm manufacturing venture produces concaves and other combine parts he says can improve threshing performance.

Turning combines into hot rods

Saskatchewan farmer builds redesigned combine parts with an eye on performance

In the past few years most major equipment brands seem to have recognized the need to offer combines better suited to small grains harvesting, which makes them a bit different than the bulk of machines they build that are tailored to corn and beans growers. Even though new models have hit the market that better […] Read more



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Grainews UTV Challenge

We’re putting 10 UTVs to the test during the Ag in Motion farm show next month

The number of side-by-side UTV models on the market has grown pretty significantly in the last couple of years. And no wonder. These machines can be pretty handy around the farm. But has the wide variety of choices left you wondering what each model is capable of, how they compare and which one best fills […] Read more


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