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New compact track loader from ASV

Minnesota-based brand strengthens its offering after return to the marketplace

Minnesota-based ASV has introduced its first mid-frame, vertical lift compact track loader, the Posi-Track VT-70. It features a vertical lift loader linkage capable of extended reach while maintaining level bucket loads, which is useful for loading pallets. ASV says it has incorporated the company’s patented Posi-Track rubber track suspension into the VT-70’s design. That’s a […] Read more

Sprayer updates from John Deere

Carbon fibre booms, new cab and more technology for John Deere's 4 Series

Last August John Deere gave everyone a heads up that its 4 Series sprayers would eventually be available with new carbon fibre booms, but it didn’t say when they would hit the market. In February at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, the company made it official. Starting in June, 120- and 132-foot […] Read more

Farm testing the new F-350 Powerstroke

We spent a week putting Ford’s newest one-ton diesel pickup to work in an on-farm test

In March Ford invited Grainews to put one of its newest F-350s equipped with a 6.7 litre Powerstroke diesel to an on-farm test. We gladly accepted the challenge and spent a full week evaluating the truck. In the process we added over 500 kilometres to the odometer reading. But we didn’t cover all that ground […] Read more

Safely extricate a stuck machine

Replace those chains with tow straps and think safety

If you have a pile of old chains in your workshop ready to use when your tractor or combine gets stuck, just leave them there was the message instructors gave students during a lesson on how to extricate stuck heavy trucks and machines. The January classroom session was part of the University of Manitoba’s first […] Read more

Diesel electric versus battery power

Previous tractor electrification projects have focused on diesel-electric hybrids or the inclusion of electricity-generating capability on an otherwise standard diesel-engined tractor to power auxiliary systems and implements. Swiss manufacturer RigiTrac produced a research hybrid of its four-wheel drive tractor, powered by a 91 kW (126 hp) Deutz engine and with a 650V DC, 85 kW […] Read more

Electric shock: battery power it back

John Deere unveils a prototype electric battery-powered tractor in Europe

Just as we’d got used to the idea that hydrogen is the fuel of the future for electrically-driven tractors — according to New Holland’s agenda at least — up pops John Deere with a prototype that puts battery power back in the frame. The people behind the project say it’s the first fully electric battery-powered […] Read more

Combine cylinder reverser system

Hydraulic wrench designed 
to make clearing plugs easier

As a farmer, Richard Arnold, who describes himself as heading research and development and Arnold Innovations, turned his own observations about the difficulty of clearing plugged combine cylinders into a small business. Arnold Innovations now produces two hydraulically assisted cylinder-reversing wrenches to make that job easier. Richard and his son were promoting their products at […] Read more

Wider field cultivators from Unverferth

Three models offer different capabilities

Unverferth Manufacturing has broadened the available working width range of its Perfecta field cultivators, which can now be ordered in sizes from four to 40 feet. The company claims the Perfecta models blend tillage, levelling and finishing actions into one implement. The new, wider sizes use a floating wing design that can rise up to […] Read more