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Affordable Universal Hands-Free Steering
If your ag vehicle has a steering wheel, you can have hands-free, pass-to-pass steering with SteadySteer from Ag Leader. The system installs easily on practically any machine, from tractors to application units to harvest equipment. Not only does it not require the installation of a hydraulic valve, but it can be moved easily from one machine to another.
“Installation is very easy and takes only 1 to 2 hours,” says Sam Worley, Ag Leader. “It’s simple enough for most to install, but our dealer network would work with the customer for install/questions.”
The SteadySteer drive ring mounts around the steering wheel of the vehicle. It’s a split ring, so the wheel doesn’t need to be removed. The drive motor goes around that. Then the steering controller needs to be mounted in the cab, and a few cables will need to be installed. Finally, the system needs to be calibrated.
“We provide custom install kits for more than 900 ag vehicles and have a universal kit for others,” says Worley.
An InCommand display from Ag Leader and some type of GPS receiver are the only other requirements. Properly mounted, SteadySteer co-exists with manual steering. It’s designed not to interfere with steering column controls or gripping the steering wheel and will not impede the operator’s view.
The high-torque motor and gear teeth deliver power as needed. One user suggested on a YouTube video that a human cannot turn the wheel as fast as SteadySteer will do it.
The accuracy of steering is dependent on the type of GPS and correction source used. SteadySteer is compatible with everything from WASS to RTK.
According to Worley, a complete SteadySteer setup, including an InCommand display and GPS receiver, starts at around $10,000. Visit the Ag Leader website to find the nearest dealership.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ag Leader (www.agleader.com).

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