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3 new skid steer products

01/25/2011 @ 2:18pm

Products that make life around the farm less backbreaking are a welcome addition, and the three products highlighted here can help you get those chores done in no time and with less effort.

Caterpillar B-Series 3 Loaders

The Caterpillar B-Series 3 Loaders, which include SSL Models 216B3, 226B3, 236B3, 242B3, 252B3 (pictured), and MTL Models 247B3 and 257B3, have specific design refinements that make them more capable, safer, and easier to operate. The 242B3 and 257B3 sport a larger engine and more powerful hydraulics.

All models include a redesigned dead-engine lower valve, single electronic control module (ECM), which means easier access to fuses, relays, and the Cat Electronic Technician port. It also simplifies wiring and reduces the number of connections.

New ECM-enabled features include automatic glow-plug, expanded diagnostic capability, and the use of an optional on-demand cooling fan that spins the fan only as fast as required by the machine. This improves fuel efficiency, reduces sound levels, and provides faster warm-up. To learn more, visit www.cat.com.

Push Away Grapple

Designed for unloading Ag-Bag-type feed storage, this device, from Fritsch Equipment Corporation, features 12 tons of push-away force and heavy-duty hydraulic cylinders, which are strong enough to penetrate hard-packed feed in bags. When grapple cylinders reach the end of their stroke, another set of cylinders automatically pushes away the pile and separates feed in the bucket from the pile.

Suggested retail price starts at $2,200. Learn more at www.fritschequipment.com.

Easy Rake Silage Facer

Silage facers can be frustrating because bearings go out, chains and tighteners need to be replaced, motors and sprockets give out, and invariably someone forgets to unhook the hydraulic hoses.

Riverview, makers of the Easy Rake, hopes to eliminate your frustrations with this silage facer’s simple design. There are no moving parts and no hoses to attach or orbital motors to replace, which means you save time and money. There are models available for loaders, telehandlers, and skid steers.

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