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Machinery department

Wheel rakes

Two new trailing wheel rakes by New Holland are designed to handle hay work in rough fields. The heavy-duty, framed HT 152 and HT 154 wheel rakes offer high-clearance, reinforced articulating mainframes that carry the extra load of wide raking settings and allow windrows to pass through without plugging. The rakes are trailing style, folding, V-rake models. Both models fold to 8 ft. 3 in. for transport. The HT 152 is designed for smaller acreages with raking widths of 17 ft. 5 in. and 20 ft. 4 in. The deluxe model HT 154 is built for larger fields with raking widths from 25 to 36 ft. Prices: $5,798 to $12,675. Contact New Holland North America Inc., Belleville, PA 17004, 888/290-7377, or

New blue compact

According to New Holland, its new compact tractors will easily handle farm utility jobs. The 3-cyl., 30-hp TC30 tractor is available in either 2-wd or front-wheel drive and either automatic or manual gear transmission. The 3-pt. hitch provides 1,635 lbs. of lift to allow operation of heavier and wider implements. Prices: $9,561 to $13,000. Contact New Holland North America Inc., Belleville, PA 17004, 888/290-7377, or

All-in-one controller

Consolidate all your precision farming tasks into one controller with the ZYNX Solutions system by Micro-Trak. ZYNX performs many tasks at the same time, including spray control, seed-rate control and guidance. A unique, easy-to-see, moving-highway display delivers parallel, contour and racetrack guidance. A split screen display allows you to view the guide path and either a coverage map, application map or your controller information. The system includes a color touch screen and computer that uses Windows 98 operating software. Prices start at $6,895. Contact Micro-Trak Systems Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 99, Eagle Lake, MN 56024, 800/328-9613, or

Smooth finishing

A new seedbed finisher by Town & Country is available to turn tough grade into a finished seedbed. The Freedom Seedbed Finisher tills and penetrates the soil with its three rows of staggered, edge-bent S-tines with 7-in. sweeps. It is adjustable to a 6-in. working depth. An optional soil conditioning basket with leveling rake may be added to the rear of the finisher. The finisher is available in 4-, 5-, 6-, 7- and 8-ft. models. Prices start at $615 for a 4-ft. finisher, plus $415 for a 4-ft. rolling basket. Contact Town & Country, a division of Unverferth Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, Box 357, Kalida, OH 45853, 419/532-3553, or

Buhler, anyone?

Once called Ford, then New Holland, the old Versatile and Genesis tractor lines will now be offered by Buhler Industries. The Canadian company has traditionally made augers, loaders, snow blowers and bale wagons. Buhler bought the two tractor lines, and the Winnipeg factory where they are built, when the U.S. Justice Department required New Holland to divest some of its tractor lines before it merged with Case IH in 1999. (On the other side, Case IH sold its CX and MX lines to Landini, which now markets those tractors under the McCormick brand.)

So where have the Buhler Versatile tractors been for the past couple of years? Here's a long story made short: For one year, a contract agreement required Buhler to sell all the tractors it made to CNH. Then a Canadian labor union dispute halted production, confounding owner, John Buhler, for nearly another year. At one point Buhler threatened to move production out of Canada. But finally, the company reached a labor agreement. The result: Versatile and Genesis tractors will roll out of Winnipeg once again.

Five 4-wd Versatile models range from 240 to 425 hp. They include 12 × 4 Quadra Shift II transmission and Cummins engines. Four Genesis series models range from 145 to 210 hp. Options include 2-wd, standard front-wheel drive and SuperSteer front-wheel drive.

Buhler hopes to compete on price. Don't expect much new technology in these tractors, but do look for a price that's 5 to 10% below that of the competition. Contact Buhler Industries Inc., 1201 Regent Ave. W., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R2C 3B2, 204/661-8711, or – Wayne Wenzel

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