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Bobcat Flail Mower

Bobcat has introduced a new 40-inch FMR flail mower attachment for use with its E63, E80, and E85 excavators.

“The flail mower attachment provides optimal safety, performance and uptime protection in mowing and land-clearing applications such as cleaning ditches, hillsides, utility right-of-ways and riverbanks, as well as maintenance for parks and recreational trails,” Bobcat says in a release.

Bobcat UTV Spreader

Bobcat has beefed up its accessories line with a new spreader for its line of Utility Vehicles. Bobcat says the new spreader can be used on 3400, 3600 and 3650 UTVs (model year 2015).

The spreader is mounted in the UTV’s cargo box, and is designed to spread sand and salt for winter maintenance tasks. Powered by a 12-volt DC drive motor, the new spreader can distribute salt or sand – from 5 to 38 feet – from the spinner wheel to melt snow and ice from surfaces. Utility vehicle operators can spread salt and sand on sidewalks, trails, driveways, intersections and parking lots.

Owners can distribute salt or sand without leaving their seat. Two variable-speed dials on the dash-mounted control allow for independent adjustment of the auger and spinner control. A three-stage baffle is another feature that allows operators to adjust the material flow for proper material granularity.

Bobcat says the rust-resistant, double-wall poly-molded hopper can hold up to 10.6 cubic feet of heaped (7.8 cubic feet struck [level]) salt or sand. In addition, a mesh screen at the top of the hopper allows for large chunks of sand and salt to be filtered at an even and consistent flow. A vibrator feature also helps reduce the bridging of material for a constant and even flow.

Attaching and detaching the spreader can be a one-person job because of the pallet fork slots. A spring-latch locking mechanism easily allows the spreader’s spinner to be removed for storage and cleaning.

Bobcat Utility Vehicle Spreader (SPDR-7-UV)

Weight (hopper empty): 200 lb.
Hopper height: 23 in.
Width: 51 in.
Hopper capacity (heaped): 10.6 cu. ft. (0.4 cu. yd.)
Hopper capacity (struck): 7.8 cu. ft. (0.3 cu. yd.)
Power supply: 12-volt DC direct-drive motor
Spreading pattern: 5 – 38 ft.
Speed control: Variable-speed control dial
Recommended field-installed accessories: Spreader rear light kit and two external mirrors

2016 Kubota RTV-X1140 Feature

Kubota has added a new model to its RTV-X Series of UTVs – the diesel-powered RTV-X1140. This Utility Side-by-Side features what Kubota calls a K-Vertible cargo conversion system, allowing users to transform the vehicle to suit two passengers or four.

“The RTV-X1140 has a unique ROPS design that makes it easy to convert from crew to cargo,” said Eric Goins, Kubota RTV product manager. “With the RTV-X1140, Kubota offers industry-leading cargo capacity and comfortable seating for four adults in three simple steps – when you need to move your crew, swing in the cargo bed sides, fold the bed up, and flip down the rear seat – conversion is quickly and easily performed by just one person.”

Mitas PneuTrac

Mitas is continuing its progress with getting its PneuTrac concept complete. Field tests have begun, which, according to Mitas, show the clear advantages of its larger footprint and better tractive force over standard and IF agricultural tires.

As testing continues, Mitas aims to measure and compare characteristics of Mitas PneuTrac and rubber tracks during 2016 to clearly position PneuTrac among tire and track solutions offered on the market. Mitas’ goal is to have all data needed for a successful market launch available by the end of 2017.

Bobcat 3D Grade Control

A partnership between Bobcat Company and Trimble has produced the first-ever 3D grade control system solution for use with Bobcat skid-steer loaders, compact track loaders and all-wheel steer loaders.

“The Trimble GCS900 grade control system for use with Bobcat 96- and 108-inch heavy-duty grader attachments will offer both small and large contractors alike the ability to work on complex projects that require digital designs and 3D machine control,” Bobcat says in a release.

New Holland Boomer Cab

New Holland’s Boomer 37/41/47 compact tractors are now available with a factory-installed cab.

“Whether you load mulch, mow the lawn, move snow, or do farm chores, New Holland’s Boomer tractors have set the standard for efficiency, convenience, and ease of operation. Now, operators can work even more productively with the year-round comfort and protection of a cab,” says Todd DeBock, Pro Work Tools Market Segment Leader.

Bobcat Skid Steer Loader

Bobcat Company has transitioned to a 3.4-liter diesel engine for its 700 and 800 frame-size skid-steer loaders to achieve Tier 4 compliance.

Bobcat S750, S770 and S850 skid-steer loaders; T750, T770 and T870 compact track loaders, and A770 all-wheel steer loader are manufactured with a Tier 4-compliant, Bobcat 3.4-liter diesel engine. This engine does not require a diesel particulate filter (DPF), which would make a regeneration process and routine filter cleanings necessary.

Kubota Milestone Tractor

Kubota Tractor Corporation has announced it has sold its two millionth retail unit in the United States.

The Kubota B2320DTN-1 tractor was sold by Kubota dealership Moen Machinery Company in Gresham, Ore., to customer Don Schmidt Nursery, both of whom were recognized today by Kubota executives in a special ceremony.

Mitas AirCell

Mitas has introduced AirCell, an inner tire that the company boasts enables the inflation of large agricultural tires by 14 psi (from 11 to 26 psi) within just half a minute. According to Mitas, that is more than 10 times faster than the current method of inflation.

Mitas AirCell is located on the rim inside the tire and occupies about 30% of the volume of the tire. Mitas Aircell has been designed for the Mitas 710/75 R42 SFT, other sizes will follow. AirCell is continuously inflated to a maximum of 116 psi during the tires use, releasing some of the pressure on demand, enabling a rapid increase of pressure into the agricultural tire itself, thereby adjusting the pressure in seconds rather than minutes. Mitas AirCell will be available for the Fendt 900 Vario equipped with Mitas 710/75 R42 SFT starting in November 2016. The unique tire pressure inflation system is marketed as VarioGrip Pro received a DLG Agritechnica Gold Medal last week.

New Holland T7.315

New Holland has expanded its T7 series of tractors with two new models – the T7.290 and T7.315.

“These new models are perfect for farming operations that need the power of a large-frame tractor with the versatility of a medium-frame unit,” says Dan Valen, Cash Crop Marketing Manager. “They are ideal for PTO applications such as baling and mowing on large dairy and livestock farms as well as hauling manure, pulling feeding mixers, and running 12-16 row planters and pulling grain carts on row crop farms.”

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