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Flexible fingers

Replace the metal fingers in your combine's header auger with retractable poly fingers from Poly Tech Industries. The company claims the poly fingers are strong enough to pull in the crop but resist breaking when hit by rocks or other foreign objects. The poly fingers can bend 10° past the breaking point of metal fingers before breaking and are ground to dust if they do pass through the combine, preventing damage. Fingers can be purchased alone or in a kit, which includes fingers, guides and hardware. One kit is $15 and one finger is $8, but discounts are available when the products are purchased in volume. Contact Poly Tech Ind. Inc., Dept. FIN, Drawer 349, Monticello, GA 31064, 800/542-7659,

You now have more options for buying and selling farm equipment. EquipmentTraderOnline offers you the opportunity to place a free ad to sell your heavy equipment on the Internet. Or, for a fee, you can enhance your ad with photographs, bold text, e-mail links and more. The ad remains on the site for three weeks.

John Deere has launched a new Web site tailored to the agricultural community. The site's features include new equipment configurations, a used equipment finder, parts and service information, precision farming systems, financing options, dealer information, weather, market information and general industry news. Visitors who register with the site have the option to personalize the content for information that is important to them.

Agribusiness Web site now offers members ag implement parts and farm supplies for sale under the iFarmSupply section. All major equipment companies' parts are available. Tillage tools, planter parts, pumps and bearings are some of the items members can purchase online. Available shipping options include FedEx, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service.

Sleek peek

Sporting a banana-yellow color and muscle car curves, New Holland's CX840 and CX860 Super Conventional combines hit fields and farm shows in Canada late last summer. Not yet available in the U.S., a revised version of the CX is reportedly in the works for U.S. farmers in 2002. New Holland won't yet comment on the exact nature of the pending U.S. market machine. The Canadian model, however, is probably a pretty close match to the shape of things to come.

New Holland says that, compared to the TX combines they replace, the new CX models have more power and up to 15% more throughput capacity. Greater harvesting capacity results from a threshing and separating system that features a new rotary separator. Located directly behind the large-diameter threshing cylinder and beater drum, a two-speed rotary system separates most of the grain before it can get to supersize, 10,075-sq.-in. straw walkers. A full-width, self-leveling cleaning shoe compensates for slopes up to 17%, dispersing grain over the cleaning sieves. The CX840 is a 295-hp model, powered by a New Holland engine; the CX860 has a 330-hp New Holland Iveco Cursor engine. Grain capacity of the CX840 is 290 bu.; the CX860 has a 330-bu. capacity.

Contact New Holland North America Inc., Belleville, PA 17004, 717/355-1371,

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