1984 - Volume #8, Issue #5, Page #24[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
First Self-Propelled Tillage Tool Machine
The Tillage Trac was developed by Krone at the request of one of the biggest farmers in Germany, Frederick Mathieson, who was concerned with compaction. The machine features an unusual "tricycle" wheel arrangement with two wheels close together in front and two spaced far apart at the rear so that no two wheels ever follow in the same track. All four wheels on the hydrostaticmachine are independently-driven and steered to reduce slippage and to keep the tires from digging into the field on turns. Although powerful, with a 178-hp. 6-cyl. Deutz engine, the Tillage Trac weighs about 6,000 lbs. less than a comparably-sized tractor.
"Because there's less compaction, and the machine runs more evenly through the field, depth of cultivation doesn't vary. You get very even cultivation and seeding with little damage to the field," says George A. Reed, Krone general manager who also heads up North American operations.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, KMN Modern Farm Equipment, Inc., 406 Mound City Road, West Memphis, Ark. 72301 (ph 501 732-4270).
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