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First Self-Propelled Tillage Tool Machine
The new Krone Tillage Trac looks like a tractor but it's billed instead as one of the first self-propelled tillage tools. It's designed to reduce soil compaction while pulling tillage tools, drills and planters through the field but it's not designed to handle deep tillage tools, forage harvesters, loaders or any other work commonly performed by farm tractors.
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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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #5