Growing Magazine - March, 2013
New Gear & Goods
Protect Your Windows
Glass breakage in agriculture is a major problem, often leading to unexpected expense and downtime in replacing windows and windshields. Now there is a simple, cost-effective solution - Tractor Guard. Launched for the first time in the United States by U.S. Farm Innovations, Tractor Guard provides an affordable, durable solution to virtually eliminate issues associated with broken windows on equipment. Patented Tractor Guards are made of clear polycarbonate, similar to police riot shields. Tractor Guards are 200 times more impact-resistant than glass and are weather and UV-protected. These Tractor Guards can be installed and removed in two minutes. They are custom-fitted to any make and model of tractor, farm equipment, construction equipment or ATV.
Bigger Isn't Always Better
When it comes to getting equipment into the field, bigger isn't always better. That's why the new Case IH Patriot 2240 - a Class 2, self-propelled sprayer - is an important addition to the Patriot sprayer line. It is smaller and lighter and offers a narrower track spacing than its larger family members (the 3230, 3330 and 4430). It keeps the cab-forward, rear-engine configuration to ensure optimum weight distribution to minimize compaction or rutting potential. The trailing-link suspension offers a superb ride, and the three-speed hydrostatic transmission provides smooth, reliable shifting and efficient transfer of engine power to the ground. The Patriot 2240 features optional automatic boom section control, automatic boom height control, AFS AccuGuide autoguidance and the AIM Command spray system. It boasts two boom lengths, two different plumbing configurations, a centrally located service center and a wide range of precision agriculture technology options. The new sprayer comes with a Tier 4A-compliant, 165 hp, 6.7-liter Case IH FPT engine. This selective catalytic reduction (SCR)-only system can offer fuel savings of up to 10 percent over Tier 3 engines.