Three Eye-Catchers from the Commodity Classic

One thing we love about the Commodity Classic is the Trade Show. At Nashville March 1-3, more than 100 vendors had everything from gloves, iPad Apps, sprayer tips, marketing advice…and of course, machinery. There was a bunch of new stuff there, but these three stood out.

A Shop on Wheels

Thunder Creek TrailerService trailers – tow-behinds that pack tool and fuel storage, plus service equipment like a welder, generator and air compressor into one easy-to-use package– are becoming hot-ticket items. Producers who are spread out across a wide geographic distance like the ease of having a true “shop on wheels” with which to quickly and efficiently fuel, service and repair equipment.

Thunder Creek Equipment, Pella, Iowa, showcased its top-of-the-line 750SS at the Commodity Classic. Featuring 750 gallons of baffled fuel storage, a 100-gallon DEF tank and 40 gallon-per-minute pump with 35-foot hose reel with quick-attach nozzles for each product; the 750SS also has six self-latching tool drawers on one side, and two steel shelves on the other. The trailer chassis features 7,000 pound axles with 8-bolt hubs. A 35-foot utility box at the rear comes empty, but can come equipped with a gas-powered 3,500-watt generator with air compressor and hose reels.

Company representatives say farmers can carry this much fuel without a CDL requirement, although the trailer is placarded. List price: $30,000. Online at: Thunder Creek Equipment    

Red Power Case Skid SteerThe Red Power Skid Steer

Chances are, you’re not going to want to get muddy with this one-off skid steer loader from Case IH and Case Construction. Later this year, however, some lucky bidder will end up with the “Red Power” skid steer loader, and help the National FFA Foundation to boot.

Underneath the cool exterior, is a Case SV250, with 82 horsepower and operator capacity rated at 2,500-pounds. However, this loader features a custom Case IH paint job, unique decals, chrome features and red LED lighting on the undercarriage, counterweights, operator compartment and loader arms, plus indirect LED lighting in the cab and AC vents. The cab also has a red leather seat.

Custom eight-spoke wheels with chrome center caps and lugs, 14-inch tires and tinted windows are part of the unique look.

The loader will be shown at several major farm shows, including: Farm Progress Show, Husker Harvest Days and the Ohio Farm Science Revew.

The Red Power skid steer will be auctioned off via an online sale this fall, with all proceeds being donated to the National FFA Foundation. Online at: Red Power Skid Steer/Case IH.

New Holland T-Series The Biggest of All

If bigger is truly better, the 535 horsepower New Holland T9.615 tractor might be the best of them all. One of North America’s largest tractors (New Holland has a 669-rated tractor), this articulated machine features a track system from ATI in order to reduce compaction from an estimated 10-15 psi with metric duals, to 5-8 psi.

The Tier III-compliant T-9000 engine features 589 horsepower and more than 900 inches of displacement; all that power gets to the ground via a 16-speed powershift. Hydraulic flow is a massive 94 gallons per minute. The T9 series cab is plush by tractor standards; not only is it GPS ready from the factory, it features more glass than any other articulated tractor, with optional leather seating, leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated seating. 

New Holland’s Michael Henry says tracks allow farmers to get maximum traction without requiring a wide tire package.

Demand for articulated, four-wheel-drive tractors is expected to grow, as farm size grows and more farmers require large equipment to couple with planters and air seeders. Tillage needs are anticipated to grow, with greater weed pressure from glyphosate-resistant weeds and Bt corn stalks getting more difficult to work.

List price: $520,000 – not including the unique “RealTree” camouflage wrap. Online at: T9.615

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