Are you shopping for a farmer this season or looking for tools that will help you through the winter? Check out these ideas for inspiration, or maybe treat yourself with equipment additions that will help make your farm more efficient this season.
No matter if they are homemade or new to the market, gadgets and tools that help farmers get the job done are always useful. Now, high-powered tools, safety technology and mobile applications help farmers be more efficient and help them keep track of the business or monitor crops and livestock.
Here are some items that might be helpful to farmers or make great gifts.
Larson Electronics based in Texas has high-grade lighting equipment and recently released the LEDLB-10R-CPR high-intensity LED flood light that is constructed with 10, five-watt high output CREE LEDs that produce a combined total of 3,700 lumens of light output.
This flood light is built to withstand extreme outdoor conditions and heavy duty use with its die-cast aluminum housing that is powder coated for corrosion resistances and a shatterproof polycarbonate lens. These units can withstand rapid temperature changes.
“The beam on this ultra-compact LED light is efficient to the far end of its reach and produces a wide 60-degree flood beam,” said Rob Bresnaham, CEO of Larson Electronics.
To see their products, visit larsonelectronics.com
Worksaver, Inc. offers the new bucket mount 36-Series Snow Pushers, designed to quickly connect to a wide choice of buckets on tractor loaders. These clamp-on snow pushers attach in minutes as they slide over and under the bucket’s cutting edge and are secured in place with two chain and turnbuckle assemblies.
The bucket mount is made with 3x3x¼-inch tubing, with the lower tube extending 16 inches under the bucket and the upper tube extending 12 inches into the bucket.
The clamp-on 36-Series snow pushers are available in widths of 8 feet or 10 feet and are offered with 1.5x8-inch reversible Ultra-rubber cutting edge. The rubber edge allows for use on asphalt as well as other surface types like decorative driveways, cobblestone or pavers.
The pusher side plates of 36x36x5/16-inch material help to retain snow as it’s pushed forward, without leaving a windrow. Other features include a CNC formed 7-gauge moldboard with two 4-inch industrial C channels for solid support. Adjustable skid shoes of abrasion-resistant steel are standard.
Worksaver, based in Litchfield, Ill., is online at www.worksaver.com.
John Deere has introduced Snow Utility V-Blades, for the John Deere Worksite Pro attachment lineup for skid steers, compact track loaders or compact wheel loaders. These attachments provide multifunctional versatility and are ideal for customers removing snow or performing light dirt work on the road, trail or job site.
Three new models (BV6, BV8 and BV9) offer increased flexibility, performance and productivity.
Delivering four hydraulic angling positions — straight for making larger cuts, V-configuration for pushing through hard-pack, scoop (both sides inward) for easy snow stacking and 30-degree right or left positioning for accurately moving snow or dirt — the John Deere Snow Utility V-Blades offer a variety of standard features to properly and efficiently tackle snow or light-dirt projects on the job site.
The Snow Utility V-Blades feature an electrohydraulic (EH) valve for independent blade function that operators can control from the cab. A rubber cutting edge is also available for the blade to help prevent damage to decorative surfaces.
Trip springs help protect the vehicle from sudden impacts with concealed obstacles and can be locked out for light grading and dirt work.
“Winter attachments, like the Snow Utility V-Blades, are great additions to make the most of your compact equipment investment year-round and expand your business through diversification,” said Gregg Zupancic, product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry.
The V-Blades are optimized to work with John Deere E-Series and 313/315 Skid Steers, E-Series Compact Track Loaders (CTLs) and K-Series Compact Wheel Loaders. They’re also compatible with many competitive models. Visit www.johndeere.com
Gifts for fun
Turn an aerial photo of your farm into a jigsaw puzzle.
Send in any address you wish, surrounded by a 1X1-1/2-mile area, offering a bird’s-eye view of a farm or a hometown. Visit www.CatalogFavorites.com.
Keep your meals on-the-go warm with a 20-oz. mini crockpot. Visit www.crockpot.com.