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18-volt batteries give electric chainsaws more power

Nearly every farm workshop, especially those on livestock or mixed farms, has a chain saw tucked away on a shelf, and it may only get used when there is a tree down on a pasture fence. If so, that dust-covered saw will probably not be willing to start easily when needed, especially if it’s been […] Read more




Reviewing the newest Can-Am Defender UTV

We spend a few weeks of winter testing Can-Am’s newest UTV

Three years ago Grainews gathered several side-by-side UTVs together for a full review and comparison. Included in that group was the Can-Am Defender from BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products). Our panel of judges were impressed with that model back then and rated it highly. So this year when Can-Am asked us if we’d like to have […] Read more


Taking one of the newest Farmall tractors for a drive

Grainews takes a close look at the new A Series tractors from Case IH

The utility and compact utility tractor segments (roughly the 50 to 125 horsepower range) are the most densely populated tractor ranges on the market. Several tractor-only brands along with all the major brands have their largest number of offerings in that group. So there is a lot for a potential buyer to choose from. To […] Read more



VIDEO: Kirovets K-744 tractor turns heads

Less-complicated tech approach aims to offer more value

Amongst the many machinery offerings on display at Manitoba Ag Days last month, the MTZ-Kirovets K-744, a Mercedes-Benz powered, 435 hp tractor seemed to get its fair share of attention from attendees. In this video, Arie Prilik, vice president of MTZ Equipment, takes Grainews machinery editor Scott Garvey on a walk-around of the K-744 to […] Read more


Evaluating used heavy trucks: Part 4

Is it worth the money to make the jump to a brand new truck?

In the first three parts of this series we looked at what’s available in the used truck market, and we used three specific trucks to demonstrate what your buying power gets you in the low, mid, and higher price ranges. The low-end truck had a price tag of just under $20,000, while the upper-end model […] Read more



Kubota updates its flagship M7 tractor line

The M7-2 models debut new features in North America

It’s been a poorly kept secret during the past year that Kubota was about to introduce an updated version of its most powerful tractor Series, the M7s, in North America. In fact, the brand showed a newer M7-2 at the Agritechnica machinery show in Germany in 2017. Now, however, the updated tractor line has finally […] Read more


Hustler MDV debuts in Canada

Unique UTV offers a hydraulic lift bed

UTVs are becoming common workhorses on prairie farms nowadays, and there are more than a few different brands of them to choose from. But there may only be one that offers a hydraulic, self-loading rear bed, the Hustler MDV. Built in Hesston, Kansas, by Hustler, a brand better known for producing commercial lawn mowers, the […] Read more



Highline CFR 1251 built to speed up processing

Highline model offers speed when blending hay, straw and grain rations

Winter feed costs make up the bulk of animal input costs on the prairie, so blending forage of different qualities into a ration can help stretch feed stocks and provide the right blends at the right time. The marketing staff at Highline Manufacturing of Vonda, Saskatchewan, believes their CFR1251 Bale Pro processor can help producers […] Read more


Evaluating used heavy trucks: Part 3

This time we look at a higher-priced option with a 2015 model

In the previous two instalments of this series that takes a look at what your dollar buys you in the used heavy truck market, particularly with highway tractors, we’ve looked at two segments of the market. We started off by talking about what’s out there in the low and mid-point price range of the used […] Read more