Agricultural Equipment Articles

5 Maintenance Tips to Extend Farming Equipment Life →

From Construction Equipment Guide... A lot of people fail to realize the importance of paying close attention to the maintenance of farming equipment, which can do more harm than good in the long run, considering how failing farming equipment affects productivity and the quality of yields obtained. If that is not enough, farming equipment will break down more often, which can cost a fortune in the form of repairs and/or replacements. Furthermore, safety becomes a huge concern if things are allowed to remain as they are.  Click for more...


New, Gas-Powered Kubota RTV-XG850 Sidekick Makes Official Debut at National Farm Machinery Show →

From Construction Equipment Guide... From the National Farm Machinery Show, Kubota Tractor Corporation publicly unveiled the all-new Kubota RTV-XG850 Sidekick. The introduction of Kubota's new Sidekick has been highly anticipated by dealers and customers alike as it is Kubota's fastest utility vehicle yet, with a powerful 48 horsepower gasoline engine, delivering speeds of up to 40 mph, compared to the top speed of 29 mph for its RTV-X models.  Click for more...


Manitou Launches NewAg MLT Telehandlers →

From Construction Equipment Guide... A new wave is hitting the North American agricultural market with the introduction of Manitou's NewAg telescopic loaders. The new line unveils essential innovations in comfort, performance and efficiency for the agricultural industry, according to the manufacturer. Three new MLT (Manitou loading telescopic handlers) NewAg models will be launched in North America in 2018 — the Manitou MLT 630, MLT 733 and MLT 737.  Click for more...


Virnig's V50 Root Rake Grapple Proves Versatile Attachment Across Industries →

From Construction Equipment Guide... Virnig's V50 root rake grapple skid steer attachment is a two-cylinder, single jaw grapple designed for digging, raking, piling and loading debris. The jaw opens more than 40 in. (101.6 cm) and allows the user to back-drag or rake debris; the jaw and rake tines are made from 3/8 in. (.9 cm) Grade 80 steel (80,000 PSI yield strength). No front comb at the tine tips means users can easily drive the bottom of the grapple deep into piles of branches, logs, and debris.  Click for more...


Agriculture Proves Key to Construction Equipment Sales →

From Construction Equipment Guide... As farming operations get larger and more diverse, so does the equipment and machinery they use. And more and more, that includes equipment that was once only seen on construction sites. Rob Lynch, the owner of Rob's Hydraulics, based near the coast in Grimesland, N.C., knows that very well. As Hyundai dealer, he said, “Farming is the biggest industry in eastern North Carolina, and since our beginning in 1989, farmers have always been some of our most important customers.”Lynch said that while practically all of the construction equipment he sells has farming applications, one of the most important uses — as farm operations continue to grow — is land clearing.  Click for more...


Sunbelt Agricultural Expo Attracts 100,000 Attendees →

From Construction Equipment Guide... The 40th annual Sunbelt Agricultural Expo, "North America's premier farm show," was a success once again at Spence Field in Moultrie, Ga. Held this year on Oct. 17 to 19, the expo consistently attracts approximately 100,000 visitors to see more than 1,200 exhibitors showcasing their products and services. Attendees had the opportunity for in depth learning through educational seminars and demonstrations on the 600-acre research farm.  Click for more...


John Deere Foundation Remembers Its Roots When Giving Aid →

From Construction Equipment Guide... John Deere was one of the most influential blacksmiths and inventors of 19th-century America. His breakthrough invention, the self-scouring steel plow, is the tool that helped reshape the American Midwest from a muddy clump of territories into the nation's breadbasket. Since its start in 1837, the company has risen in importance in the United States and beyond, expanding past its agricultural focus and delving into the philanthropic realm, as well.  Click for more...


Skid Steers Prove Vital Resource for Farmers With Sick Cattle →

From Construction Equipment Guide... It's no secret skid steers are common for moving all sorts of things on construction sites, but among dairy farmers, they have a unique function. Dairy Herd Management reported the equipment is one of the best ways for farmers to move sick cows from where they are lying to an area better suited for treatment and recovery. The challenge, however, is getting the cow into the skid steer's bucket to begin with.  Click for more...


Extreme Sandbox's Newest Adventure Offers People the Chance to Work the Land →

From Construction Equipment Guide... Have you ever wanted to know what it's like to use farm equipment or harvest crops? Extreme Sandbox's newest adventure, Extreme Harvest Experience, will get people away from their day job and onto the farm. A partnership between local farmers with thousands of acres in the Hastings area and Randy Stenger, CEO/founder of the Hastings-based adventure company, is helping to bring the good 'ole fashion farming experience to those interested in getting behind the wheel.  Click for more...


Department of Agriculture Makes $103M Investment in Emergency Watershed Protection Program →

From Construction Equipment Guide... The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that it is investing in recovery projects in 19 states. These projects relieve imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, windstorms and other natural occurrences. BackgroundThe U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program, which responds to emergencies created by natural disasters.  Click for more...


Manitou MLT 1040 Agriculture/Multi-Purpose Telescopic Loader Offered to North American Market →

From Construction Equipment Guide... Manitou introduced the MLT 1040 agriculture/multi-purpose telescopic loader to the North American market. With a maximum capacity of 8,800 lbs. (4,000 kg) and a maximum lift height of 31 ft. 6 in. (9.60 m), this machine has the highest lift height and longest maximum reach, 21 ft. 6 in. (6.55 m), of the current Manitou MLT agricultural telescopic loader line. Powered by a 137 hp (102 kW) Tier IV-certified, John Deere diesel engine, the MLT 1040 is fully-loaded with the right power and torque to complete large jobs.  Click for more...


Equipment Veteran Makes Inroads for Autolube in Farming →

From Construction Equipment Guide... John Goodridge is on a mission to introduce farmers, contractors and municipalities to the dollar and sense of adding automatic lubrication to their equipment that runs day in and day out. “I got to know the Beka-Max system becauase of my past experience being a John Deere dealer,” he said. “They became standard equipment on the self-propelled forage harvesters, and during all that time, due to their reliability and robustness, we never had any service calls because the lube system was not working.”According to Dave McDougall, product manager of Beka-Max of America Inc., the main pump holds approximately 6 to 8 tubes of grease and is transparent so the operator can see if it’s getting low.  Click for more...


Words Into Action: Route 202 Parkway Finally Advances →

From Construction Equipment Guide... After many years of discussion, an ambitious project to ease congestion in Pennsylvania’s densely populated Bucks and Montgomery counties is finally under way with construction of a long-awaited parkway. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has estimated that by 2020 the new highway will be traveled by between 23,700 and 28,300 vehicles dailyCertain changes, however, had to be made before ground could be broken for the project.  Click for more...


T.J. Lambrecht Performs Bypass Work on Congested Highway 167 →

From Construction Equipment Guide... By Zoie CliftCEG CORRESPONDENTA 9-mi. (14.5 km) bypass to west of the city of Sheridan is being built in Arkansas. When completed the route will be a four-lane divided highway anticipated to ease congestion along Highway 167. The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) let the first contract for the job in April of 2008 to T.J. Lambrecht Construction Inc. of Joliet, Ill., for $8.6 million.  Click for more...


Rock-Free Dirt Speeds Up Monroe’s Work at 1,000 Unit Development →

From Construction Equipment Guide... Coming across an out-of-the-ordinary situation in construction usually isn’t a good thing, at least in terms of time. But Monroe Roadways, of Charlotte, N.C., is benefiting from a less-than-ordinary situation in its $21 million housing development project in Waxhaw, N.C., that the group took over in March 2006. “We’ve had almost no rock to deal with, just dirt and clay. Because of this, our tractor and scrapers have been ideal for both the scraping and the compaction,” Monroe Roadways co-owner Bob Ryan said.  Click for more...


Contractor Takes a Peek at John Deere AutoLoad Scraper →

From Construction Equipment Guide... At first, change can be intimidating for some. But Alan Cawthon is glad he made the leap. The owner of Alan Cawthon Inc. — dba Peek Grading — based in Jackson, Ga., Cawthon used to have his crews working with open bowl ejector scrapers pushed by bulldozers. Under the direction of Metrac Sales Representative Wayne Clement, Cawthon upgraded to the John Deere 9520 Scraper Special pull tractor with 1810E and 2112E open bowl ejector scrapers.  Click for more...


Mainline’s Work Allows Honda Jet Engine Plant to Take Flight →

From Construction Equipment Guide... Before Honda Corp. can put Burlington, N.C., on the map as the manufacturing center for a heralded new product, the company needs a facility in which to build it. This fall, Mainline Contracting Co. of Durham, N.C., jump-started the construction that will put the Japanese company in its facility. Over the course of two hectic months that ended the first of October, Mainline prepared a 90-acre (36 ha) tract where Honda will establish its Honda Aero Inc.  Click for more...


Miller Construction Prepares Site for Anderson Elementary School →

From Construction Equipment Guide... After close to six decades in the construction business, Miller’s Construction has become a household name in South Carolina. Its equipment can be seen working on demolition, site preparation, road construction and hauling dirt and gravel from Anderson, S.C., to Pendleton, S.C. Since opening for business in 1950, Miller’s Construction has worked on projects with Hughes Well Drilling, Langston Construction, T&T Properties and Dorr Resources.  Click for more...


Mustang Adds Flag Equipment and Rentals as New Dealer →

From Construction Equipment Guide... Based out of Owatonna, Minn., Mustang Manufacturing Co. Inc. has created a partnership with Flag Equipment Rental & Sales, making the Arizona equipment company the newest member of Mustang’s network of North American dealers. “The Mustang dealer network continues to grow along with the compact equipment industry,” said Mustang General Manager Randy Vargason. “With the widest range of compact equipment today, Mustang makes a great partner to those equipment marketers looking to leverage the potential of this robust market.”Currently, Mustang markets a product portfolio consisting of nine skid steer loaders, ten compact excavators, six telehandlers, four all-wheel-steer loaders and three compact track loaders.  Click for more...


Virginia Contractor ’Wight’ on Target in Subdivision Project →

From Construction Equipment Guide... RJ Smith Construction Inc. is currently performing complete site development services at Lawnes Point, a housing subdivision on James River, located in Isle of Wight, VA. The $15-million contract includes site development, road construction, underground utilities and excavation for a sanitation facility. Work began the last week of September 2005 and has an accelerated completion schedule of nine months.  Click for more...



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