Here are some more pictures of super sharp machines that I spotted at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville. After I arrived home, I went through and looked at pictures again while listening to the Beach Boys’ song, “Custom Machine.”
I spent a lot of time looking at the Dixie Chopper 74” cut lawn mower. This one was custom made for Willie Robertson and had camo decals with Duck Dynasty emblems. It had two 33 horsepower gas engines sitting side by side behind the seat hooked up in tandem.
The AGCO track tractor painted gloss black looked meaner than mean. The New Holland T-8 tractor had a Ferrari blue metal flake paint job that was just stunning. I have never seen such outstanding custom work as the paint job on the Mahindra stars and stripes utility tractor. The Mahindra side by side painted gloss black was a beauty. The seats look like they came out of a sports car.
A couple McCormick tractors had a satin black paint job that set them apart from the crowd. The Mustang skid steer with the retro green paint made me green with envy. The Versatile track machine paint job was a throwback to the first ones made 50 years ago. The Belarus MTZ tractor had a funky businesslike European look with simple functionality that I liked a lot.
One thing that I noticed at the show is the proliferation of small and medium size tractors from manufacturers all over the world. Final assembly of a lot of the tractors is in the United States. Parts for the tractors in some cases come from 3 or more countries. Just imagine the amount of cooperation and communication it takes to get the job done! It gives me hope that the human race can work together for the good of all.
Improved corn planters from all manufacturers were on display. Planting accuracy is really increasing at a rapid pace.
The Gerringhoff booth had 2 new corn heads on display. Both were row independent, meaning they can harvest any row spacing with the combine driving in any direction. One of them is designed to ideally harvest twin row corn. The other was designed ideally to harvest 15” row corn. Also, Gerringhoff introduced an impressive draper head for small grains. It comes with an optional air system to blow grain into the head.
Another thing I noticed was skid steer loaders parked all over the place. One had a cement mixer on front and many others had fence post pounders or buckets with hydraulic grapples.
I had so much fun at the show that I can hardly wait to go back next year.