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National Farm Machinery Show: Hot Tools Make the Cut

Mowing and hay equipment were a highlight of the 2007 event.

The spring farm shows included several new products for mowing and haying. Here's a roundup of products to consider for your operation.

Skid-steer mower power

The new Chopperrr skid-steer attachment mowers from Modern Ag Products are hot-dip galvanized for durability. Running off the skid-steer loader's hydraulic system, the company offers a five-foot open front and six-foot open front machine; there's also a five-foot standard mower and a six-foot standard mower. Each runs on a hydraulic system with 16 to 25 gpm max capacity. Suggested list for the six-foot open front machine shown is $6,300. For more information, contact Modern Ag Products, Beaumont, Texas, (877)382-2665.

Flex-wing cutter

Pull-type mowers are getting smoother designs these days to keep grass from accumulating on the deck and better baffles for material flow through the mower. Those are key features of the new Bush Hog 2715 Flex Wing Cutter. The 15-foot-wide machine can be operated with either a 540 or 1,000 rpm power takeoff, and the heavy duty main gearbox can take up to 205 horsepower of input. Suggested list price is $14,097. For more information, contact Bush Hog, Selma, Ala., (334) 874-2700, or visit

A cleaner cut

Rhino is launching the new Turbo Series finishing mower line in sizes from 60 to 100 inches wide. The domed deck design improves grass flow and faster blade-tip speeds offer a cleaner cut. The machines feature no-tool cutting height adjustment. Other features include a spring-loaded belt idler for longer belt life, and a flip up gearbox mount for easier belt access. Suggested list price ranges from $2,900 for the 60-inch machine to $4,800 for the 100-inch model. For more information, contact Alamo Group, Gibson City, Ill., (877) 408-3297, or visit

A true zero-turn tractor

Zero-turn mowers are usually pretty familiar with their two-handle control designs, but Cub Cadet will have you rethinking that picture with the new i1000 Time Saver lawn tractors. These consumer-grade machines feature hydraulic power at the rear, and true zero-turn design at the front, but using a steering wheel for easier control. The patented technology offers improved control in a new package. Two models are available. Suggested list price is $3,399 for the 42-inch machine, and $3,899 for the 50-inch model. For more information, contact Cub Cadet, Cleveland, Ohio, (877) 282-8684, or visit

Offset hitch for tough use

Woods is offering the new DSO1260 mower with a hydraulic offset hitch that allows the user to move the mower from side to side as needed, which is just right for orchard and close-trim applications. There are four new models in the line, but only one - the 10-foot machine shown - with the offset. The machine requires at least 60 horsepower for operation. For more information, contact Woods Equipment Company, Oregon, Ill., (800) 319-06637, or visit

Handy mower cleaner

Getting the caked on grass off of a mower deck, no matter what the size, could be easier with the new Grassbuster. This new invention from Frog Concepts LLC is designed with a handy curve that helps the blade get into the sculpted deck areas that are hard to reach with a traditional putty knife, according to the maker. The company is looking for dealers. The blade retails for $8.95. For more information, contact Frog Concepts LLC, Lexington, Ky., (859) 293-9363, or visit

Revamped bale processor

Haybuster, long known for its Balebuster product line rolls out the new 2564 for 2007. The machine features an improved mainframe with a 3-foot-by-6-foot tub and improved ground clearance. All flat steel components for the machine are laser cut and the new model is 15% heavier than previous models. At the business end, the machine features an improved heavy duty rotor with 40 flails. Suggested list price is $27,000. For more information, contact DuraTech Industries, Jamestown, N.D., (701) 252-4601, or visit

Make bales...big bales

The new Taarup TA large-square balers from the Kverneland Group are available in two sizes. The TA 6570 OC with a bale size of 31.5 inches by 31.5 inches (end dimension) and the TA 6690 OC with a bale size of 31.5 inches by 48 inches. Both are considered "silage machines" that can handle higher-moisture forage crops. Each features the Opti cut system and a pre-chamber design for better material flow. Suggest list for the 6570 is $110,000, for the 6690 suggested list is $130,000. For more information, contact Kverneland Group, Syracuse, N.Y. (315) 431-3501, or visit

Make bales, wrap bales

First seen in Europe two years ago, the combined round baler/bale wrapper idea is coming to America. The new Taarup Bale in One - or BIO - debuted in Louisville in 2007. The machine is a 48-inch by 48-inch fixed chamber round baler that features an integrated bale wrapper too. The idea saves labor and time when baling, according to the company. Suggested list price for the machine is $71,000. For more information, contact Kverneland Group, Syracuse, N.Y. (315) 431-3501, or visit

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