Tractors

Most of this blog has focused on combines and engine power etc. Tractors are just as much an important part of any successful farm, in fact without tractors farms would starve.

Tractors offer a farmer so many options. The versatility that tractors offer is rather amazing.

If the implement fits your tractor can run it, form seeding, to spraying, ploughing, or whatever you can really think of. Tractors are the most popular machine on the farm and there are typically multiple tractors per farm. Each one used for a specific task.

Tractors are great for pulling grain trailers and transporting other equipment like headers that are too wide for the roads.

Tractors are often seen pulling headers on trailers like this one. The newer headers even have the trailers built in.

Tractors are often seen pulling headers on trailers like this one. The newer headers even have the trailers built in.

Tractors are not as complicated to operate like the bigger machines are but there is a mess of implements you can attach that can make operation tough. But with todays computer technology it has become easier and easier. If a field test is done you can actually calculate the amount of grain going into the baler and the grade of the crop. These computers can even tell you how many bales have been made in its lifetime.

Horsepower

What is horsepower? I grew up around racing, whether it was cars, trucks, or motorcycles the main goal was to achieve maximum horsepower. The more power you have the faster you will go right? My definition of horsepower would be the amount of power an engine will produce. After some research I found the actual definition described by Britannica.

Horsepower, the common unit of power; i.e., the rate at which work is done. In the British Imperial System, one horsepower equals 33,000 foot-pounds of work per minute—that is, the power necessary to lift a total mass of 33,000 pounds one foot in one minute. This value was adopted by the Scottish engineer James Watt in the late 18th century, after experiments with strong dray horses, and is actually about 50 percent more than the rate that an average horse can sustain for a working day.”

Horsepower is a very important factor when deciding motor size in your newest machine. You need to make sure you have the right power rating for whatever operation you are running. some implements will require a certain amount of horsepower to run. The horsepower from the tractor is transferred to the PTO drive which then in turn will run the implement.

Not only is horsepower important but with horsepower there is torque. Torque is the measurement of force that is applies that causes roatation. Torque and horsepower work hand in hand. Other than race cars that operate at high speeds, farming equipment runs at low speeds. Although some farm equipment may have more horsepower than a race car, they also have a lot more torque because of the sheer size and weight of the machine.

This Ford 5.0L 4 Valve V-8 is the powerhouse that is in the new Ford Cobra Jet.

This Ford 5.0L 4 Valve V-8 is the powerhouse that is in the new Ford Cobra Jet.

Choosing the Right Machine

When choosing your next piece of machinery there are some very important things to consider. We are going to look at a few of the specifics and I will break it down into a few segments. The who, what, where, why of harvesting.

WHO:

When looking at the who, we are talking about what brand you are going to look for. There are the big three in Case, John Deere and New Holland, those just examples of some of the more popular machinery brands. Some people are loyal to a brand because its what their family has always used and they feel like it is a traditional thing. Others will analyze the specs and pick to see what the best is statistically.

WHAT:

When talking about the what, we are talking about what you will be using the machine for. are you going to be combining, transporting, pulling? All very important when it comes to selecting a new machine.

WHERE:

What kind of land will you be operating on will ultimately be one of the major deciding factors. Harvesting on rough terrain or hilly terrain will make you decide to get a self leveling machine.

This self leveling combine tracks up a steep incline

This self leveling combine tracks up a steep incline

WHY:

Why are you buying is always going to be the most important question. Why do you need a new machine, is there an old one that you need to get rid of or trade in? Or are you just trying to expand your business? Make sure you are not making a mistake because these are not the cheapest pieces of equipment to own and if bought frivolously can be a huge setback during a bad harvest.

Case IH Accessories (Part 3 of 3)

Case Combine on Display

Case Combine on Display

In the last segment of this series I am going to go over some of the important accessories that Case IH will offer consumers. There are numerous options that are offered and some of them were already mentioned in the last two segments.

The power options Case offers are very efficient and cost effective. There are numerous motor options that offer a wide range of horsepower and torque capabilities. Weather you need to plough a whole field or you are stacking hay you will always have more than enough power to get he job done.

Comfort is explained with leather interiors, heat, air conditioning, a refrigerator, some models can even have satellite television. Case combines are equipped with air ride cabs that make the day a lot smoother on the body and the operators back. the seats are fully adjustable with  lumbar support and also adjustments to ride height and position to give the rider the best view of the field.

The exterior is lined with stadium lights to illuminate the field for night harvesting. The operating deck is lit up by lights too and is very spacious allowing the operator room to move around and check the bin. Also the ladders and steps leading up to the cab and the rear of the machine are lit up.

Case made it their mission to give farmers the most bang for their buck and this is why Case is one of the most popular machines in the field today.

Case IH Comfort (Part 2 of 3)

Case IH Equipment interiors are the agricultural equivalent to a Mercedes-Benz. In the second part of my three part series we are going to look at the comfort options that Case IH offers their consumers.

With todays equipment offering unreal GPS technology and self propelled machines the age of the hard long days on the machine are a thing of the past. GPS technology allows farmers to plot their land into the computer and paired with self propelled equipment it allows the farmers to literally fall asleep without having to worry about turning at the end of the row. in fact the GPS systems today have an alarm that will set off letting the operator know that the machine is getting ready to turn.

With the scale of farming that is being done today GPS is necessary, also the time required on the equipment is greatly increased creating a need for comfortable equipment.

With the scale of farming that is being done today GPS is necessary, also the time required on the equipment is greatly increased creating a need for comfortable equipment.

On Case Axial Flow models the comfort is insurmountable. Its called a luxury cab for a reason. Todays conditions require farmers to collect grain faster than ever, and that in turn requires long hours on the machine. The luxury cab in these machines features leather seats that incorporate the latest air ride technology. There is a refrigerator underneath the spotters seat with ample space to store items for a 12+ hour day. The controls are located to the right of the operator and everything is a fingertips reach away. The whole cab is sealed with rubber and all of the mounts are rubber reducing vibration and noise. All in all making a more comfortable ride for the operator.

Please visit Case IH for more information.

Case IH Power Systems

Case is one of the most popular AG machine manufacturers in the world. Their equipment is guaranteed to get the job done quickly and efficiently. In this three part series we will dissect the Case machines and break it down into three segments. Power, Comfort, and Accessories.

Power

In this first segment we will look at the powertrains that move these machines. Case coined the phrase “efficient power engines” and to do that they partnered with FPT Industrial; the largest and most advanced engine manufacturer in the world.

FPT and Case partnered to make high horsepower engines that not only meet the tier 4b emissions qualifications, but they also reduce fuel consumption by an average of ten percent.

Here a Case IH Combine unloads grain into a wagon.

Here a Case IH Combine unloads grain into a wagon.

A company with over eight thousand employees and nine assembly plants FPT is a world wide leader in building engines that are as small as 52 Horsepower all the way up to massive power plants producing way over one thousand horsepower.

Case offers consumers three options when selecting a powertrain. The biggest being a 12.9L Diesel engine with the option for a single stage or a two stage turbo. The Medium duty Machines get a 8.7L diesel motor with a traditional wastegate turbo or an Electric Variable Geometry turbo. And their smaller machines get a 4.5 or 6.7L diesel motor that offers a high pressure fuel system that makes the machines quick and responsive.

Feel free to visit Case IH on the web at www.caseih.com

 

Introduction to Farming Technology

As I begin to write this blog I am caught asking myself, what am I doing here? What do I have to offer the farming community? Not only that, but I am always questioning my abilities as a journalist. All my life I have been interested in anything that has a motor. Weather it has been my fathers race car, or my gas powered remote contolled cars. Anything that made noise and moved has always sparked my interest.

I grew up in a house full of motor heads. On my mothers side, they were deep into racing and its actually how my parents met because my father was crew cheif of a very succesful race team, and was even granted nascar contracts. Growing up in New Jersey, there was a select few families who were even involved in the sport so i always felt special hearing about all of the stories my father tells me and all of the pictures he shares with my brothers and I.

So where does this leave me in the agricultural world? The last two years I spent in North Dakota studying wildlife science. The college was in an extremely small town that revolved around farming , and out there it is done on a enormous scale. I have never seen equipment that large before in my life so now all I want to do is learn how they went from the most simple machines and how they have advanced over the years.

I dont want to waste time stating the obvious about the farming industry and where and how it began because im sure most of you reading this are famailiar with the beginnings of agriculture. This blog is going to go into detail about many of the new features and advancements that make farming what it is today. Everything from the simple creature comforts to the science that goes into engineering these machines.

In mid spetember there was an expo that was held in Nbraska that shpwcased all of the newest equipment from all of the top manufacturers in the country. Farmers traveled from all over the country to be there and experience first hand the new technology and features of the best equipment available. This is a great oppertunity for farmers to test out and meet the reps from all of these companies.

“Brandt Coultas, who is a brand manager for F150 by Ford came to the show showcase a new feature on the F150. He said, “we have a new feature call pull back up assist which allows for you to use a knob on the dash to steer the trailer where you want it to go”.

Standard Ford F-150 equipped with new trailer back up tool.

Standard Ford F-150 equipped with new trailer back up tool.

Husker Harvest Days is a very popular event that brings out more than just the leading Ag companies but all sorts of product manufacuturers. Every company that markets to the American Farmer is there advertising.

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