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Material Handling Scale Models

June 29th, 2011

Material Handling Toys

A wide range of material handling scale models is now available from Systems Material Handling (SMH), Olathe, Kan. The collection includes over 150 different models from a wide range of Original Equipment Manufacturers. Detailed models are ideal for starting or completing a collection, or as a gift for a customer.

Hand pallet trucks, walk/ride electric pallet trucks, IC and electric, stand up and sit down forklifts, parts pickers, scissor lifts, boom lifts, container handlers, skid steer and mini track hoes are all included in the collection. Models are plastic or metal and come in a wide range of sizes. Remote control models are also available.

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Bobcat offers front-auxiliary hydraulics and additional attachments for compact tractors

June 23rd, 2011

Bobcat announces that a front-auxiliary hydraulics option is now available on CT440, CT445 and CT450 compact tractors. This option routes hoses and couplers to the front of the tractor loader to enable the function of hydraulically operated attachments, which are now approved for use on these tractor models, increasing the versatility of the machines.

Attachments that require front auxiliary hydraulics and are approved for use on the CT440, CT445 and CT450 are:
• Model 10 auger: Operators now have the option to use an auger on the front or rear of the tractor to dig holes for trees, fence posts, etc.
• Hydraulic pallet fork: Lifting, carrying and placing palletized, bagged or bulky materials is easier because the operator can position the forks from the operator seat.
• Spreader: The spinner wheel is controlled from the operator seat to spread free-flowing granular materials, such as seed and fertilizer.
• Standard-duty snow blades: From the seat, the operator can angle the moldboard to the left or right 30 degrees to quickly clear snow.
• Tilt-Tach™: The Tilt-Tach allows attachments to be positioned 15 degrees to the left or right of center, independent of the position of the tractor, making it easier to cut level paths out of the side of hills or dig drainage ditches with the corner of a bucket.
• Utility grapple: This attachment easily grabs brush, logs and other difficult-to-handle material and has strong, replaceable tapered teeth.

Additional attachments have also been approved for use on the front loader of the CT440, CT445 and CT450 that do not require front auxiliary hydraulics. These are the digger, landplane and pallet fork attachments.

All of the attachments listed above are also approved for use on select Bobcat loaders and Toolcat™ utility work machines. When the same attachment can be used on multiple machines, it decreases the number of attachments needed for an equipment fleet and increases the versatility of each machine.

An option already available on the front-end loader of Bobcat compact tractors will make it even easier to work with these new attachments. The Bob-Tach™ quick attachment mounting system saves time when hooking up attachments to the front-end loader. The Bob-Tach system allows operators who need to use multiple front-end attachments to quickly and effortlessly change attachments for maximum productivity.

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QuickLook: Bobcat compact tractor front-auxiliary hydraulics and front-end attachments

• Front-auxiliary hydraulic option now available on CT440, CT445 and CT450.
• Hoses and couplers are routed to the front of the tractor loader to enable the function of hydraulically operated attachments.
• Attachments that require front auxiliary hydraulics now approved for use on the CT440, CT445 and CT450 are: model 10 auger, hydraulic pallet forks, spreader, standard-duty snow blade, Tilt-Tach™ and utility grapple.
• Non-hydraulic attachments now approved for use on the CT440, CT445 and CT450 are diggers, landplanes and pallet forks.
• Attachments approved for use on compact tractors are also approved for use on some models of Bobcat loaders and Toolcat™ utility work machines for machine and equipment fleet versatility.
• Bob-Tach™ quick attachment mounting system option makes changing between front-mounted attachments easier.

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Case IH Maxxfarm range small but powerful

May 26th, 2011

The Maxxfarm range includes six models powered by quiet and fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines ranging from the 23hp Maxxfarm 25 to the 57hp Maxxfarm 60.

Case IH marketing manager Kerry McCauley says the tractors come with features usually expected in a large tractor, like a tight 55 degree turning angle, high ground clearance of up to 390mm and excellent all-round visibility.

Maxxfarm has the versatility to handle a wide range of small farm tasks.

“The Quick-Attach linkage makes for easy hitching of implements and there are two rear remote valves for hydraulic implements, which is a real bonus on tractors in this size range,” McCauley says.

“The main hydraulic pump and steering pump are separate, so the machines can cope with heavy loads, and the high capacity hitch can handle up to 1.75 tonnes.”

The range is also operator friendly. Benefits include a convenient forward-reverse Shuttle Lever control, placed at the left hand, keeping the right hand free to operate other controls.

The Maxxfarm 35 is available with either a Synchro Shuttle or hydrostatic transmission for effortless speed changes from standstill to 27km/h.

The tractors are all available with a well-planned platform with foldable ROPS, while the Maxxfarm 60 is also available in a cab model which offers air conditioning, sunroof, dual doors and wide-opening rear windows.

All models are easy to service due to thoughtful engine layout and a one-touch bonnet and gas strut provides easy access to all key service points.

“This all-new range is stacked with performance-enhancing features that add up to a reliable and powerful farm machine,” McCauley says.

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LOC ride-on electric pallet trucks: an essential ally for long-distance handling operations

May 6th, 2011

These electric pallet trucks with a capacity of 2200 kg are intended for intensive work. They are compact, powerful, manoeuvrable, sturdy and safe.

They are the result of advanced design and ergonomics studies.

Several versions exist, two with a fixed platform and one with a fold-up platform.

Recommended for cramped warehouses with high turnover, the flexible, anti-slip fold-up platform is specially designed to absorb shocks.

Its installation in a single movement enables the operator to move safely without fatigue at 6 or 9 km/h depending on the model used (with or without guards).

The control panel has a “slow speed” button to reduce the speed during tricky operations and enable manoeuvring with the vertical tiller.

The profile of the forks is suitable for picking up closed pallets, with markings facilitating their positioning under short pallets.

The 270 and 360 A/h batteries are totally protected in reinforced compartments. The charger is external.

The electric pallet trucks are equipped with:

– a separation excitation drive motor, synonymous with power and reduced consumption,

– an AISI active stabiliser for user and load safety, a Mosfet-Sepex high-frequency programmable electronic variable speed drive, making it possible in particular to maintain the same speed whatever the load while at the same time guaranteeing complete control even on steep gradients.

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April 21st, 2011

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Mahindra USA Announces All New 5010 Tractor

April 6th, 2011

Houston-based Mahindra USA proudly announces the all-new 5010 4WD Open Station Gear Drive 9X3, the 5010 4WD Cab Gear Drive 9X3, and the 5010 4WD Cab Hydrostatic Drive to its 10-series of tractors. The 10 series tractors are a value line of compact economy machines designed for a multitude of uses. The new 5010 models were unveiled at the Raleigh Southern Farm Show on February 2nd through 4th, and will be available at Mahindra dealerships nationwide in early March 2011.

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“The Mahindra 5010 tractor is a work-horse that is not only packed with power, it’s also packed with value,” said Mike Hilderbrand, Vice President of Marketing & Organizational Development for Mahindra USA. “For an amazingly attractive price, Mahindra customers will receive the big push, pull and lift power they expect from a Mahindra tractor and be covered by our industry-leading 5-year power-train warranty.”

Each 5010 tractor features a four-cylinder, 49 horsepower engine that is the best in its class. The new models continue the strength of the 10 series, with a 3-point lift capacity of 3,314 lbs which is also the best in its class. Standard features on the new 5010 models include: 1 remote valve, tilt steering wheel, flat operator’s deck and a suspension seat.

The 5010 Open Station Gear Drive and the 5010 Cab Gear Drive each feature a 49 horsepower engine with Constantmesh 9X3 speed forward-reverse transmissions and the 5010 Cab Hydrostatic has a 49 horsepower Hydrostatic twin-pedal 3-range transmission.

The 5010 4WD Open Station Gear Drive will feature the ML150 loader, while the 5010 4WD Cab Gear Drive and the 5010 4WD Cab HST Drive will feature the new ML155 loader. The ML155 loader features a lift capacity of 2,991 lbs. (at pivot pins) and has a skid steer design that allows for quick change outs between optional attachments such as a bucket, bale spear and pallet fork.

The 10 series offers heavy-duty performance at a no-nonsense price. The fuel-efficient engines will help owners reduce their operating costs and save money with the value-pricing of the new products.

Mahindra is known worldwide for quality tractors. In 2007, M&M’s Farm Equipment Sector became the only tractor manufacturing company in the world to receive the coveted Japan Quality Medal for excellence in Total Quality Management, awarded by the Deming Prize Committee care of the Union of Japanese Scientists.

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2011 New Farm Machinery Show

November 23rd, 2010

The future of farming is coming to the 46th National Farm Machinery Show, as the nation’s largest indoor farm show returns to the Kentucky Exposition Center in February. Start the year with row after row of quality products and services, hands-on demonstrations of the latest technological advancements, and a variety of free seminars.

Don’t miss the high-intensity action of the Championship Tractor Pull, sponsored by Syngenta. These ground-pounding trucks and tractors are competing for the fame and glory that comes with winning at the oldest indoor tractor pull in America.

Make plans now to be a part of the cutting edge display of equipment and technology at this year’s National Farm Machinery Show and Championship Tractor Pull.

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Worksaver Inc. Purchases the RW Spin Off Round Bale Feeder Product Line

November 9th, 2010

Worksaver Inc.
Press release date: March 28, 2006

Litchfield, IL – Worksaver, Inc. recently purchased the RW Spin Off Round Bale Feeder product line from Accessory Sales Inc. The RW Spin Off hay equipment offers an economical solution for the transportation and feeding of large round bales. Worksaver has made a few improvements to the product to enhance the overall performance. New is a tapered forged spear for easier penetration into the bale. The unit also incorporates an improved motor mount and redesigned shields.

The RW Spin Off, (Model SO-906) is designed to fit Category II, or Category III 3-pt hitches (including quick hitches), requiring a minimum of 8-10 GPM at 1500 psi to operate. The hydraulically driven unit features a frame constructed of 4″ x 4″ square tubing. Operation is performed from the cab using tractors hydraulics. The Model SO-906 allows the operator to control the amount of hay fed to minimize wasted hay. They can also change the feeding location daily to eliminate the manure buildup. This unit can handle bales weighing up to 2,000 pounds.

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Discover a Better Way to LIFT

October 20th, 2010

Original Press Release

Article from:Equipment Today Magazine Article date:August 1, 2009 / By Kim Berndtson /

Steel chains, cables and slings are a popular way to lift everything from concrete barriers to pipe to rip rap. They’re simple to use and initially cost effective to purchase. But if you’re moving a lot of material, they’re also slow and labor intensive.

“For a one-shot deal, chains and straps can be economical,” says Tracy Black, Kenco. “But if you’re working on a project such as a shoreline or canal where you have to place thousands of rocks, boulders, rip rap, etc., using an attachment such as a mechanical grapple is easier and faster.”

A wide array of lifting attachments are available for skid steers, wheel loaders, excavators, cranes, etc., to make handling hard to move material easier, more productive and safer. And even in today’s economic environment, pursuing the extra expenditure can make sense.

“As businesses are trying to reduce overall costs, they need to be more productive in every job they do,” says Theresa Dittbenner, The Caldwell Group. “Lifting attachments can help do that. Previously, you may have needed three to four workers to do one specific lifting task. We can take it down to two. That helps reduce the overall cost involved in that particular process. You can also redirect those two workers to a different portion of the jobsite to speed up the process — and some companies sign contracts with bonuses for jobs completed ahead of schedule.”

Attachment options

Pallet forks are one of the more basic types of lifting attachments.

Danuser Machine Co., Inc. offers forks that enable skid-steer loaders to move stacked material such as sod, bricks, wood, etc. “Having pallet forks is like having a forklift on your jobsite or at your business,” says Glenn Danuser. “Our forks are designed with a strong brick guard to help prevent materials from rolling backward toward the operator. [The design] helps keeps the materials out front, so you can precisely put them where you would like.”

In addition to clamp-on bucket forks, The Caldwell Group offers weld-on bucket hooks for craning tasks. “You don’t have to disconnect the bucket from the machine, or bring in a crane to do lifting,” says Dittbenner. “You can utilize one piece of equipment to be more versatile on the job.”

Pipe hooks are also relatively simple and economical. They insert inside the pipe so they can accommodate a wide variety of pipe sizes. “You don’t have to dig a ditch wider than the pipe,” says Black. “That can become important if you’re working in tight areas like a trench box.”

Specialized lifting attachments available include Kenco’s Barrier or Pipe Lifts, The Caldwell Group’s Barrier Lift Grab, Pipe Hook and Beam Lifter and Vacuworx’s RC Model lifters. Such attachments can enhance productivity by enabling pipe, barrier wall, I-beams and other objects to be moved quickly compared to traditional methods.

With a strap or chain, you need to pinpoint the object’s exact center. “You have to be dead in the middle to lift it level,” Black explains. “Otherwise, it can slip or hang crooked, which makes something like pipe more difficult to install.

“[Kenco’s] lifters are designed so you don’t have to be exactly in the center of the object to lift effectively,” he points out. “That speeds lifting because you don’t have to find a balance point. You don’t have to take time to measure to find the exact center point.”

With chains and straps, you also need to get underneath the intended object to wrap all the way around it. This isn’t required with many specialized lifting attachments.

“Our lifters only go about three-quarters of the way around an object, so you’re not affecting the pipe once you place it in the ditch. It never touches the gravel,” says Black. “With a strap, when you pull the strap to remove it, you can also unintentionally displace the gravel, which you then need to go back and fix.”

Increase safety

“Contractors today are faced with ever-growing demands for a safer jobsite,” comments Shawn Lowman, Vacuworx. “Meeting those demands can be difficult with the rising costs of doing business.”

Lift attachments offer a cost-effective means to enhance safety when moving pipe or other materials. “You don’t have anyone moving underneath the pipe,” Dittbenner notes. “With a sling, if it isn’t engaged in the correct position on the pipe, there’s potential that the pipe could slide and slip out.”

Vacuworx’s lifting attachments feature a closed-frequency wireless remote control system that allows the equipment operator to maneuver the material with great precision, and with no additional personnel required. “Not only can the contractor save by reducing his workforce, but in many cases, a reduced insurance rate can be obtained due to the lack of any ground personnel in harm’s way,” Lowman asserts.

“By addressing the major concern of safety, we afford the contractor the ability to reduce his workforce, lower his insurance cost and actually speed up the process of material handling,” he adds. “In the end, this equates to a safe work environment and increased profits.”

Reduce costs

Equipment such as barrier lifters feature polyurethane pads that are gentler on the object being moved.

“This helps increase the life of a barrier wall, because it reduces or eliminates damage,” says Dittbenner. “Every time you pick up and move a barrier with a chain sling, you damage the concrete. The chains are steel and they dig in, plus you’re carrying the whole weight of the load on that chain. This results in wear that requires barriers to be replaced more often. With a barrier grab, the pads reduce damage, so the barrier will last longer to reduce long-term replacement costs.”

Pipe integrity has become a major focus for the federal regulatory organizations, adds Lowman. “The use of chains, slings and hooks causes damage to pipe coatings, causing the contractor additional time and labor to repair the damage,” he says. “Our Vacuworx Lifting System eliminates the problem of damaged coatings. All of our lifting pads utilize a special seal material to protect the coating from any damage, while providing a secure and safe lift.”

Because many lift attachments are fully or partially automatic, less personnel is typically needed. In addition, some don’t require the use of hydraulics.

“With many of our lifts, no one has to touch the item being moved,” says Black. “And because they don’t require hydraulics, they’re less expensive.”

Several manufacturers also offer custom designs and sizes to accommodate various materials. “There’s really no limitation as to what we can design for,” says Dittbenner.

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AGCO Announces New Biomass Harvester

August 6th, 2010

Dan Davidson DTN Agronomist / Friday 10/16/09

AGCO recently announced their one-pass Biomass Harvest System that marries their combines with their large square baler.

AGCO’s new biomass harvesting baler. Courtesy of AGCO.Dean Morrell, marketing manager for hay products at AGCO said in their press release “Large square bales are efficient to stack, store and transport. We believe this system will be easily adapted to other sources of biomass such as cereal grains. It also provides a clean, superior corn-stock-based after-feed or bedding for beef and dairy operations.”

So here is another way of harvesting (baling) biomass in real time while combining corn, soybeans or wheat. As Morrell said in an interview the residue doesn’t hit the ground and for corn, they can possibly collect everything on the corn plant from the cob on up.

According to the press release the baler gathers everything coming out the back of the combine and compacts it into a 3 x 4 square bale weighing from 950 to 1300 lbs. Essentially they are collecting and packaging corn stover, corn cob and leaf mixture minus dirt that you would get if you baled it off the ground. And they need to collect the stover material along with the cobs to form a bale since you can’t bale cobs alone.

Dean Morrell, Marketing manager for hay products and Kevin Cobb, marketing manager for the Challenger combine with AGCO shared some facts with me today. However they pointed out two things; that some of the technology is proprietary and as such confidential and that it will probably change before they commercialize the baler.

Be that as it may, the basic unit is a square baler similar to their MF 2170 or Challenger LB34B. The baler is pulled behind a Class VII combine (or larger) pulling 90 hp off the combine. And the material coming out the back of the combine is conveyed into the baler, never touching the ground. They do not know yet how much biomass they’ll be able to collect and that it depends on the crop size and head but they anticipate 1 to 1.5 tons per acre for corn.

They also do not know yet when the baler will be commercialized. They said it depends on this year’s tests. While the baler itself won’t change, it is more of an engineering question on how it hooks up and how it is powered.

They don’t anticipate much loss in grain harvesting efficiency, but there will be some. First they are losing 90 hp to the baler and second they are pulling around a heavy baler that slows down ground speed and will require some maneuvering. However the baler is fully automatic and wraps and dumps bales. All the operator has to do is watch the monitor and focus on combining corn. However combine and grain cart operators will have to maneuver along dropped bales.

So the grower can concentrate on combining corn and baling becomes a secondary task to monitor. The square bales can be picked up later using either a loader with a spear, bale fork or other commercial equipment designed to handle square bales.

Reid Hamre,manager of brand marketing at AGCO said in an email “Much of what we are doing today is proof-of-concept testing. And gauging market response. So it does not have a model number.Many details of a production machine that a farmer may be able to purchase in the future have not been determined. A production machine will differ from today’s concept to some degree or another.”

I’ll know more after I see it in operation at Poet’s Project LIBERTY Field Day that features pre-commercial equipment demonstrations in Emmetsburg, Iowa on Tuesday, November 3.

Posted at 4:26PM CDT 10/16/09 by Dan Davidson

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