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New from Farmfest 1998

Long-armed sprayer

Farmers showed interest in the new 67 series Flexi-Coil sprayers with a 130-ft. span and a power unfold feature. The operator doesn't have to leave the tractor to move the boom into a transport position. On the road, the sprayer follows right behind the tractor.

Tom Lano, sales manager for Flexi-Coil, says, "The boom is constructed with heavy-duty 5- by 5-in. steel and is supported on tires that use an automotive-style shock absorber to provide a break-free, smooth ride. We use discs that keep the unit on course."

Other features include a valve tree that makes valves accessible from one location, a new sight gauge with a larger float that shows how much product is in the tank at all times and streamlined plumbing and ball-type valves for greater output capacity.

A pressure-side induction tank lets the operator add chemicals to the 1, 000-gal. main tank quickly and safely. "The induction tank dissolves liquid, gel and dry flowable chemicals into the main tank for even, rapid mixing," Lano says.

Pressures up to 120 psi will allow users to spray fungicides. The unit has two separate booms to spray two different compounds on the same pass.

The sprayer is also GPS compatible. Choose between Flex Control electronics or the SP655 monitor/controller for in-cab, auto-rate control.

Contact Flexi-Coil, Dept. FIN, Box 3159, Minot, ND 58702, 888/359-2645.

No-drift sprayer

Hardi's Richard Hundt says that the company's new Twin-Force Commander can be used at times when other sprayers have to be pulled under the shade tree. "We don't have much of a problem with drift," he says.

With up to a 90-ft. boom, this air-assisted sprayer makes postemergence a viable tool, especially when you consider the 38 in. of clearance. Hundt says that the big unit folds up easily for road transport. The Commander comes with a 1,150-gal. tank with a module-designed frame and drawbar system. An integrated 100-gal. rinsing tank is standard.

"This unit is GPS compatible and expandable, and our unique design cuts drift 98 percent from a standard spray rig," Hundt says. "We really designed this unit with user safety and convenience in mind."

Contact Hardi Inc., Dept. FIN, 1500 W. 78th St., Davenport, IA 52806, 319/386-1730.

Speedy conveyor

Rem's drive-over conveyor moves up to 8,000 bu. of grain/hr. on a 20-in. single-belt system, handling the grain gently to reduce damage. A truck or grain wagon can be driven right over the top of the conveyor. The conveyor operates in line with the tractor, allowing the operator to move it to another bin or location in a matter of minutes. The PTO-driven conveyor needs a 50-hp power source. Contact Rem Mfg. Ltd., Dept. FIN, Box 1207, Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada S9H 3X4, 306/773-0644.

Hay mixer

The Roto-Mix Forage Express is built to handle high forage rations. Units come in sizes from 84 to 524 cu. ft. The feed mixer has a hay baffle, dual-flighted auger, adjustable cutting edge, aggressive cutting knives and a floating bottom auger.

Inside the feed mixer, a forage pitch rotor gently lifts and blends the hay and other ingredients. The unit comes with a Digi-Star electronic scale system to provide accurate and reliable measurements of ingredients.

The flared side of the unit allows feed to tumble and mix without wedging. The forage pitch roller has a 15 forward pitch that also helps keep the mixture from wedging.

The hay manager system allows the mixing of long-stem hay. "It actually processes the hay, or shortens the stem, so that it can be mixed in with the rest of the ration, rather than tearing the leaves and stems apart," Ryan explains.

Contact J-Star Industries, Dept. FIN, 801 Janesville Ave., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538, 920/563-5521.

Deeper cultivation

Paul Meyer, sales manager in southern Minnesota for Wil-Rich, says that the company's new Excel series deep cultivator provides deep penetration but with a good residue flow. "That combination is important," he says. "And it's especially important on the high-residue fields."

Units vary from an 11-ft. mainframe that is 25 ft. wide, to the 16-ft. mainframe that expands out to 50 ft.

Meyer also was demonstrating a new Excel harrow. "This is totally revamped," he explains. "It works 50 percent deeper than what we've had before, and its flip-up design gives you a multitude of angles."

Contact Wil-Rich, Dept. FIN, Box 1030, Wahpeton, ND 58074, 701/642-2621.

Ridge clearer

T & P Machine and Manufacturing introduced a 15 ft., 3-pt.-hitch Master Roll stalk chopper for ridge-till farming. It has evolved from an earlier pull-type chopper that uses the same technology.

The chopper has a spring-loaded, two-section drum that follows the contour of the ground. A split section provides better turning diameter, and smooth, round drums accommodate more weight for added flexibility. Weight is added by filling the drum with water or nonfreezing liquids.

Pete Theis, owner of the company, says that use of the chopper reduces wear and tear on other equipment, especially tires that are punctured by stalks. "This unit does a real good job of clearing off the ridges," he says.

Contact T & P Machine and Mfg., Dept. FIN, 11 W. 2nd, Winthrop, MN 55396, 507/647-5370.

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