Here are 6 new items featured at the Western Canada Farm Progress Show in Regina in June. For our full coverage of the event, visit the website www.farmprogressnews.com

Jerome Pratchler’s Easy Guide trailer coupler was named Best New Invention at the 2009 show. The ball-hitch

hook-up helper should save a few arguments over what “turn the wheel to your other left” really means. “We call it the marriage saver, actually,” says Pratchler.

Hooking on to a bumper pull usually means having to be right on the ball, with no room for error. That creates a great opportunity to get frustrated with whomever is giving directions. The coupler is a simple solution offering drivers a four-to six-inch diameter area of wiggle room in which to get the ball under.

You simply back under the Easy Guide coupler, lower the jack and drive forward. The wedge shape guides the ball into its hitch socket. Once locked, you jump out and put in a safety pin before driving away. Designed with no moving parts, the coupler has no features to wear out, pinch or jam.

Manufactured by Mumby Manufacturing, based at Muenster, Sask., the coupler is available in medium and large duty, rated for 8,000 pounds and up to 15,000 pounds respectively. Mediumduty hitches will be available by fall. Heavy-duty models will be available by early 2010. For more information, visit the website at or call 1-888-682-1477.

A SWATH ROLLER THAT DOESN’T TRAMPLE

Also in the New Inventions pavilion, Hauser’s Machinery Ltd., of Melville, Sask., had its double-hitch swath roller on display. The Revo Roller, introduced in time for the 2009 growing season, improves on the conventional single-hitch type, which has dominated the marketplace up until now.

The Revo Roller’s main innovation is the double-hitch connection that keeps it rigidly attached to the back of a swather. The double connection eliminates two of the most common problems associated with single-hitch designs: trampling of crop by the roller’s wheels during sharp turns and difficulty in backing up.

If you aren’t careful while reversing with a roller behind the swather, that can lead to accidental damage to a roller, swather or both, particularly if you’re distracted by trying to correct a problem at the header. “It’s easy to forget the roller is there,” says Keith Hauser, company owner and inventor.

“There is no [other] swath roller being built like this one,” he says. He describes the Revo Roller as a “set it and forget it” design. Once the drum height is set correctly for the swath, the caster wheels on the roller allow it to follow along behind as a fixed attachment to the swather.

Hauser’s model also incorporates a steel-drum for durability. And to eliminate problems with road transportation, the Revo Roller easily converts to a transport position with a side hitch and third wheel. It can then be pulled down the road at higher speeds behind a pickup truck.

Hauser’s Revo Roller is currently available in a 10-foot width, which should be adequate for most applications. For more information, go to or call 1-888-939-4444.

DISC OPENERS WITH INDEPENDENCE

Prairie producers had their first look at Bourgault’s new 3710 independent coulter drill at this year’s show. Bourgault is using the same parallel linkage on this drill that it uses on its other hoe drill models, so many producers will be familiar with the arm design. But the similarity stops there.

The 3710 uses 20-inch discs that can wear down as much as three-inches before they need to be replaced. And that 20-inch diameter makes them among the largest available when compared to other coulter drills, says Jason Kirsch, Bourgault’s marketing manager. The discs are set at a 10-degree camber, which improves their ability to penetrate the soil and reduces hair pinning in stubble or heavy trash conditions

This drill is available in 40-, 50-and 60-foot widths and opener spacings of 7.5, 10 or 12 inches. An added feature allows you to lock up every other opener. That means the 7.5-inch version can also seed in 15-inch spacings and the 10-inch model can produce 20-inch spacings.

Each opener integrates a walking-beam design that couples the packer wheel to the gauge/cleaner wheel. That ensures more consistent seed placement in uneven terrain. With adjustable settings on the walking beam hinge, Kirsch says the drill is adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions while still maintaining a high level of seeding accuracy. Openers are available in single or double-shoot designs.

Model 3710 can be ordered with any one of three packer wheel options: a double-shoulder design, a fully pneumatic wheel or a wider semi-pneumatic style. And like Bourgault’s other independent opener drills, this model is available with optional mid-row banders.

Each opener has its own hydraulic cylinder, and down pressure on the coulter can be adjusted on the go from the tractor cab. Maximum down pressure is 450 pounds.

The 3710 will be available in limited numbers in time for the 2010 seeding season.

BIG LOADERS FROM BUHLER

Buhler Allied has a new high-capacity front-end loader, Model 2995E. A Versatile-brand version, the 3995E, with the same design and specifications, is also available for the company’s 250 and 280 MFWD tractors. Both of these new loaders made their farm show debut at the Buhler display.

These self-levelling loaders have a higher capacity than the older 2898 model, which had been the heaviest in the company’s line-up until now. New models have a maximum lift capacity of 7,050 pounds (3,197 kg) and a breakout force of 8,850 pounds (4,022 kg) at the pivot pin.

Wider and deeper arm dimensions give these loaders more strength but also add about 200 pounds more weight over the 2898’s specs. The main 1-1/4-inch pivot pins are also a quarter-inch beefier than those on the 2898. Bigger pins and bushing were added to increase strength at key stress points.

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