The show floor of the National Farm Machinery Show, held Feb. 15-18 in Louisville, Ky., was packed with new products designed to make farming operations more efficient and more profitable. Here are a few of the new products that were on display.
1. GVM E-Series Prowlers
The GVM E-Series Prowler achieves GVM’s highest capacities of 1,800 gal. and 11 tons, but also features GVM standards, including road speeds up to 49 mph, an easy-off, easy-on change-over package, an all-wheel-drive power train, equal weight distribution and the ability to run row-crop or floater tires. A new and roomy air-ride cab is paired with new variable coil spring suspension to minimize vibration and noise while carrying heavier payloads. Floor-to-ceiling glass and an air-ride seat add operator comfort. Each E-Series model features a Tier 3 Cummins engine. Choose from an E275, E325 or E370. Learn more at <a href="http://www.gvminc.com">www.gvminc.com.</a></p>
2. Woods Batwing rotary cutters
Woods has redesigned its Batwing rotary cutters. The new flex-wing cutters now have full-length precision welding on the smooth, sloped deck. Standard and medium-duty models are now available with additional wheel and hitch options, while the new BW180HDX heavy-duty model offers an optional shredder kit and blade ring. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.woodsequipment.com">www.woodsequipment.com.</a></p>
3. Meyer silage boxes
Meyer has expanded its offerings for it Boss Live Floor silage boxes. A new grain kit attachment works in conjunction with the double-door rear gate. Previous grain kits only worked with the standard, top-pivoting door system. Meyer Boss units are available from 18 through 40 ft. in length for straight truck, semitrailer, ag trailer or wagon-mount versions. The live floor boxes provide fast, safe and reliable transport of silage, bedding, commodities, litter and grain. To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.meyermfg.com">www.meyermfg.com.</a></p>
4. Ace stainless steel pumps
The new FMC-200SS-HYD-304 pump from Ace Pump combines the durability of stainless steel with the high flow capability of the company's 200 Series pumps. Stainless steel construction means pump life is increased when using chemicals and fertilizers, which may aggressively attack cast-iron pumps. The pump housing, frame liner and impeller are made of 316 stainless steel for the ultimate in corrosion prevention. The impeller is also available as an option for all 200 Series counterclockwise rotation models. A new 316 stainless steel impeller is available as an option in all 650 MAX Series pumps. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.AcePumps.com">www.AcePumps.com.</a></p>
5. Post drivers from Kencove Farm Fence Supplies
Kencove Farm Fence Supplies currently carries three brands of hydraulic post drivers: its own Kencove line, and models from Kiwi and Vector. Kencove post drivers are an affordable class of drivers that can be mounted to either a tractor or skid steer. Depending on the model, Kencove drivers provide up to 100,000 lbs. of driving impact and can handle posts up to 10 ft. tall.
Kiwi post drivers use a spring-assist system to deliver 120,000 lbs. of driving force upon wood and steel posts in almost any soil condition. Several Kiwi models are available for mounting on truck, tractor and skid steer. An optional auger system can be attached to all Kiwi models for fast pilot hole drilling in tough and rocky soils.
Vector post drivers are designed for land and soil conditions that demand a versatile and virtually indestructible unit. The Vector drivers use a rope system instead of a lifting cable for longer overall life of the machines and lower maintenance, along with an independent post-cap system for safety and control at tough angles. Various models and mounting options are available for tractor, skid steer and mini-excavator.
Learn more at <a href="http://www.kencove.com">www.kencove.com.</a></p>
6. Gehl V330 skid loaders
Gehl announces the all-new model V330 skid loader with more than 131 in. of near-vertical lift height. The company says that a powerful 84-hp turbo-diesel engine and a rated operating capacity of 3,300 lbs. help make the V330 skid loader among the strongest in its class. The V330 skid loader achieves near-vertical lift with a state-of-the-art lift arm with extended reach and lift height for easy truck and material loading. The lift arm design provides optimal views to the sides of the loader and a direct line of sight to the bucket-cutting edge. Thick steel plating braces the lift arm, providing additional strength and durability. Comfort is provided in an all-new, ergonomic cab with fully adjustable joystick controls. The optional, pressurized sealed cab enclosure provides a clean, quiet operating environment. Learn more at <a href="http://www.gehl.com/verticallimit">www.gehl.com/verticallimit.</a></p>
7. Vermeer Rebel balers
The new Vermeer 20-series Rebel balers come in multiple sizes. The 5420 is a 5- x 4-ft. model, and the 5520 is a 5- x 5-ft. model. These balers feature a newly designed net-wrap system and belts with Alligator rivet laces, along with an optional Bale Expert monitor and moisture sensing kit. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.vermeer.com">www.vermeer.com.</a></p>
8. HCC Orbit Trac II reels
HCC took the standard pickup reel design and replaced it with a durable double-track system to improve continuous crop flow. The Orbit Trac II reel’s unique shape allows the reel tines to break from their conventional circular path and swing directly past the auger. This pushes the crop directly into the auger rather than dropping it on the header floor. Crop flow is positive, while buildup and slugging are reduced. Learn more at <a href="http://www.hccincorporated.com/orbit-reel.htm">www.hccincorporated.com/o...