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Gleaner S9 Combine

Gleaner has introduced its new S9 Series combines, which claim to offer more harvesting performance, technology, comfort and convenience. Available in 2016, the S9 Series includes three models, the S96, S97 and S98 to meet the needs of growers seeking class 6, 7 and 8 machines.

“Today’s growers must harvest more crop from more acres in an increasingly narrow harvest window which means they need a combine that can adapt to and perform in less than ideal harvest conditions,” says Caleb Schleder, tactical marketing manager at AGCO. “We’ve incorporated the latest technology, comfort features and even more engineering advancements to ensure our combines provide operators the ability to handle whatever harvest conditions they face during long days in the fields.”

Mahindra 1526

Mahindra North American unveiled a handful of new tractors at its National Dealer Meeting in Kansas City, Mo.

The eMax S line of tractors includes four updated models with an all-new steel hood and fenders, stronger body and a unique cab model. The 1526 tractors are designed to provide good value in the below 26 HP category and the 2538 Tier IV line features a hydrostatic cab model.

New Holland T6 Methane Tractor

New Holland was displaying a unique alternative fuel tractor at Expo 2015 in Italy. Sitting atop the sloping roof of the Sustainable Farm Pavilion in Milan is the T6 Methane Power tractor.

This is a second-generation prototype based on a standard New Holland T6 tractor. What makes it different from current T6 Series tractors is that it is powered by a natural gas engine manufactured by FPT International, a sister company of New Holland.

Bobcat MT85

Bobcat has taken the covers off its all-new MT85 mini track loader, following it the footsteps of the MT52 was introduced more than a decade ago.

“The Bobcat MT85 boasts more power, increased lifting capabilities, additional stability and durable components to help operators efficiently complete everyday or challenging tasks in limited-space jobsites,” Bobcat says in a release.

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.

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