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John Deere Skid Steer is Grand Prize in Top Shops Contest

Agriculture.com Staff 03/03/2009 @ 9:39am

The time between winter and planting season traditionally finds many farmers working on equipment in their shops – the buildings found on every farm that are often as unique and ingenious as the farmers who build them.

John Deere and Successful Farming magazine recently celebrated the creativity of one Indiana farmer, awarding him a Deere 313 skid steer loader as the grand prize in the magazine’s biannual Top Shops® contest. Kevin Smith, of Smith Farms in Rochester, Indiana, built a shop that beat out 220 other entries, a record number according to the magazine. Smith was given the brand-new Deere 313 skid steer on Successful Farming’s “Machinery Show,” which runs on the RFD-TV network.

“I’d like to thank Successful Farming and John Deere for this honor, but I owe a lot to my employees and my family for helping me with the shop,” Smith said. “We’ll be using the 313 for quite a few tasks around the farm.”

Deere Regional Manager John Fleming handed Smith the keys and conducted a walk-around on the machine, pointing out key features and the easy access to daily maintenance points.

You can see Smith and his new 313 skid steer loader by logging on to www.JohnDeere.com/digdeeper and clicking on the headline: “Deere Skid Steer, Farmer Become TV Stars”. In addition to being featured on the “Machinery Show,” Smith and his shop also were profiled in a recent issue of Successful Farming magazine, and on the magazine’s Web site, www.agriculture.com.

With a rated operating capacity of 1,300 pounds, the 313 features an industry-leading 45-hp. engine that is certified to EPA Interim Tier 4 emissions levels. A key feature of the 313 is the radial lift boom, a design that is ideal for operators who work in tight areas calling for compactness. The bucket rests close to the machine when in the down position and swings forward for great reach in the work zone, the all-important 4- to 5-foot range.

It has a standard machine width of 59 inches (a key width for working in tight areas like stalls in barns) and, if desired, it can be reduced to just 56 inches wide with available 7x15-inch tires.

The time between winter and planting season traditionally finds many farmers working on equipment in their shops – the buildings found on every farm that are often as unique and ingenious as the farmers who build them.

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