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ATV’s for 2015

By: Colin J. Cleary

As the New Year is on the move it’s time to start prepping for more work with the warm weather such as; calving, fencing… ah shucks, we just have to get ready for everything we deal with on the ranch! What better tool to help you and your crew get things done than a new ATV? There aren’t too many jobs out there where an ATV can’t assist in some sort of way. I got ahold of four manufacturers; Polaris, Honda, Kawasaki, and Yamaha, and told them I wanted to know which machine they produce is the most “ranch worthy” for your Working Ranch and this is what they presented me with!

POLARIS
Polaris has put a twist into the ATV market with their new model called the ACE 570 SP. This is unlike any other ATV as it has a regular seat with a steering wheel! (EDITOR: see Tim’s Test, Sept / Oct 2014, p. 22 – I drove the snot out of this machine and loved it!).

This setup provides the rider with a much more comfortable ride along with easier entry and exiting of the vehicle, a major plus for those of you who may have bad backs or knees. It also has a roll cage to help ease your mind when it comes to safety. The Polaris Ace 570 SP features a liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, single cylinder 567cc ProStar engine that cranks out 45HP! The front rack will hold 120 lbs., while the rear will hold 240 lbs.

The Ace sits 10.25” above the ground, is 48” wide much like other ATVS, and features power steering to easily move over tough terrain. Polaris emphasized it can handle towing those big ranching objects with its 1500 lb. and standard 1.25” receiver. The Polaris Ace 570 SP is available in Black Pearl Metallic and let me tell you, this is SHARP! I stopped in at my local and friendly Polaris dealer – Full Throttle Powersports in Lena, Illinois and test drove one of these rigs over the holidays and it has my seal of approval for ranch worthiness!

I can easily see where this will make ranch work fun! To learn more visit your local Polaris dealer or check them out online at www.polaris.com.

YAMAHA

Yamaha’s ranch-worthy ATV is the ever-so-tough Grizzly 700 FI. The Grizzly has been around awhile and has built a name for itself for being tough and fun to ride. The Grizzly is powered by a 686cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke engine with enhanced engine settings to improve low end, mid-range and top end performance, with a towing capacity of 1322 lbs. It has a convenient digital LCD multifunction display for easy vision of the ATV’s performance. The Grizzly has a three-position On Command 4-wheel drive system which lets you switch between 2WD, limitedslip 4WD and full-locked differential 4WD, all with the push of a button.

yamahaThe Grizzly 700 has an Ultramatic transmission with dual-range hi/lo. To help slow you down when coming off the mountainside this ATV has an automatic centrifugal clutch which produces downhill engine braking in 4WD and reverse.

To top off this impressive ranching machine it also features electric power steering to make this already great handling machine better. The Yamaha Grizzly 700 is available in three colors: Steel Blue, Hunter Green, and Realtree AP HD.

Now that you all are itching to get out of the bunkhouse and ride (if only it wasn’t winter), I always say the best way to find out which ATV or any piece of equipment is right for you is to stop in at your local dealership and test drive them. Trust me, they are all more than willing to help you out in determining which model best fits your Working Ranch needs. Visit www.yamahamotorsports.com/Grizzly for more.

HONDA

kazukiHonda was excited to announce they have updated the popular ATV known as the Fourtrax Foreman Rubicon. The Rubicon is available in six different models all based with the 500-class engine, a 475cc liquid-cooled OHV 4-stroke, which is definitely tough, efficient and has proven itself overtime.

There are two transmission choices for the Rubicon: a conventional ATV gearbox which is the only manual shift IRS on the market; and the automatic dual-clutch transmission for those of you who may not want to have to worry about shifting down the trail. It can tow an impressive 1300 lbs! Some new features on the Honda Rubicon are the improved electric power steering, more comfortable seating, better reverse controls, improved cargo capacities with new redesigned racks, and new paint schemes.

The all-new Honda 2015 Rubicon also carries a new look, which Honda wants Working Ranch readers to know it’s designed to last, no matter what you may throw at it. To help protect it Honda installed an all-steel full-coverage front bumper with mounts for a winch. With six different models Honda should have a model for you. Stop in to your local Honda dealer or visit them via web at www.honda.com

KAWASAKI

4Kawasaki wanted the readers of Working Ranch to have a look at their 2015 Brute Force 750. It is built to operate in the harshest terrain while maintaining comfort. The Brute Force 750 features a sealed rear wet brake, a rigid tubular steel frame, and a digital fuel injection (DFI). When it comes to carrying all that ranching equipment on the rack, it can hold an impressive 264 lbs. of gear and tow 1250 lbs. of whatever you may want to hook behind this beast of a machine.

The Brute Force 750 is powered by a liquid-cooled, four-stroke 749cc 90- degree V-Twin engine, and features a continuously variable transmission (CVT) for very responsive acceleration. You can engage the 4-wheel drive with the simple flip of a button, and the display is very easy to read. The Kawasaki Brute Force 750 is available in two colors: Super Black and Metallic Stardust White. For more information on this ranch-worthy ATV check out your local Kawasaki dealer or go online to www.kawasaki.com.

Some Extra ‘Horses’ for the Ranch

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by Colin J. Cleary

2015’s Howlin’ HD Pickups

Is your old trusty pickup starting to show her age? Maybe after looking into one of these fancy 2015 rigs ‘ol Betty might have to hit the road! Every year here at Working Ranch we nose around and check out what the major truck manufacturers have updated and improved on from the previous year, and needless to say they always seem to make the best better somehow! I checked in with Chevrolet, RAM Trucks, Ford, and GMC to see what to expect from the new 1-Ton 2015 line-up.

CHEVROLET SILVERADO HD

How does 397 pure Duramax horsepowerpacked behind the steering wheel of the all new Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD sound? Chevrolet has upped the ante in what they claim as their “most advanced heavy duty pickup ever”. They have updated the exterior and interior, while adding an optional built in 4G Wi-Fi… if I could only trade in my office.

But let’s get to the most important part in terms of ranching… towing. The 3500 HD can tow a whopping 23,200 lbs. and features Hill Start Assist which can sense potential “rollback” when you are braking on an incline. The feature then holds the brakes momentarily when you switch over to the gas pedal to help keep the truck from rolling backwards. Chevrolet also offers trailer sway control, where sensors can detect a swaying trailer and, when the system is properly equipped, the truck will apply the truck and trailer brakes automatically to help realign the trailer
and stop swaying.

Another popular option available on the big rig is the exhaust brake system which helps reduce the amount
of braking needed. The livestock will also have the ride of their lives with these fancy towing features!

When it comes to interior, the new 2015 Silverado is quieter due to a thicker windshield and sound-deadening
materials. With redesigned seats you will also be more comfortable than ever before. The 3500 HD is available in 9 different colors and has an amazing line of accessories to help make this truck a true one of a kind. For more information contact your local Chevrolet dealer or visit them on the World Wide Web!

RAM TRUCKS

No stranger around the Working Ranch, Ram has a very reputable name when it comes to towing. The new 2015 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn® offers 30,000 lbs. of towing when equipped with their 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel I6 Engine. It also has a best-in-class payload of 7,390 lbs., and 865 lb. ft. of torque! Ram trucks are tested thoroughly in the frozen tundra of Upper Michigan, thus ensuring one tough truck for your Working Ranch no matter what
the season or work condition.

To simplify setting the vehicle up for towing, Ram offers an optional gooseneck prep package with built-in
wiring and hitch so you’re ready to hit the road when you drive off the lot. When it comes to interior, Ram has
hit it out of the park; the control center features an 8.4 inch full color touchscreen that can also be used as a
camera… for the bed of your truck and the rear bumper. I know this would help me out when I’m hooking
up my stock trailer! (A few mishaps have happened on the Cleary Ranch).

My personal preference of the Ram would have to be the leather-tooled seats on the Longhorn Edition. The Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn is also available in 17 different color packages to make this Ram workhorse get a nod from every rancher around. To test one of these bad boys out stop into your local Ram Trucks dealer.

FORD F-SERIES SUPER DUTY

Ford wanted to let the hard-working readers of Working Ranch know they have just the truck to handle any job on
the ranch, in style. The renowned Ford F-350 King Ranch edition with a new Ford-built 6.7L Power Stroke® V8 Turbo Diesel engine will have you ranching in style. The more powerful 6.7L engine is class-leading in fuel economy, and features a new, larger turbocharger delivering even more on-demand power when you need it. Add the TorqShift® 6-speed Select Shift automatic transmission and you’ll really have the perfect powerhouse. This transmission operates with lower rpms because the torque converters lock up at lower speeds.

When towing we know we can never see enough of what is going on behind us, but Ford has made that easier. The
Powerscope mirrors are standard on the King Ranch and offer power-heated glass, power telescoping, power foldaway and heated spotter mirror… it has more features in the mirror than my trusty ol’ car does all together!

Ford offers a factory-installed 5th wheel and gooseneck substructure attached to the frame for incredible durability when towing. For you ranchers out there who really get off road, the F-350 Super Duty can also be equipped with the FX4 Off-Road Package that features skid plates on the transfer case and fuel tank (a must on most working ranches). Get on over to your local Ford Dealer or visit them online for more information on these ranch tough Super Duty trucks.

GMC SIERRA

If your outfit is in need of a little extra comfort, look no further than GMC’s new Sierra 3500 Denali HD.
Sierra’s new interior brings comfort, refinement, and convenience to a whole new ranching level. The cockpit of this massive workhorse was engineered to provide every cowboy riding along with a much quieter interior thanks to the new inlaid door design, triple door seal, and hydraulic powertrain and body mounts.

The interior features a soft touch instrument panel and door trim along with Denali-exclusive perforated leather-appointed seating. And how about a standard heated steering wheel and heated and cooled front seat to take the chill off those winter mornings?

When equipped with the Duramax engine and the Allison 1000 series transmission it will be practically impossible not to love this truck. With unreal luxury and power comes an unbeatable suspension; the Sierra 3500 Denali HD offers a smooth ride due to a fully independent coil-over-shock front suspension and 3 inch wide multi-stage rear leaf springs, which engage progressively as the load in the bed or hitch increases. So if the ranch is looking for great comfort and power, check out the GMC Sierra 3500 Denali HD. Stop on in to your local GMC dealer to learn more about the Sierra and what GMC has to offer.

All in all, these manufacturers make very impressive powerhouses, but of course the best way to see which one
fits your needs is to go drive them and put them through the legendary ranch test.

The Time To Hay Ain’t Far Away

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So Let’s Knock It Down!

By: Colin J. Cleary

Well, we’re coming out of the cold months and heading into summer with haying season looking us dead in the eyes. Maybe the ranch is due to upgrade mower conditioners to help speed up the process or get rid of that worn out, unreliable machine. Either way, I did a little research and contacted John Deere, Vermeer, Kuhn, New Holland, Case IH, and Hesston® by Massey Ferguson to see what new products they have out on the market that would be of interest to our WR readers.

JOHN DEERE The folks over at John Deere wanted the readers of Working Ranch to know they have four words when it comes to cutting hay: fast cutting & quick repairs. Want the functions of a centerpivot machine but not necessarily the big size that comes along with it? Well, John Deere’s 830 and 835 may just be the right mower for you. These two models are available with urethane rolls or impeller conditioners, and when attaching it to the tractor you have three options; clevis, equal angle hitch, and rockshaft hitch (2pt). This gives you a wide variety of options to help select the best mower set-up for you. The 830 mower cuts at 9ft 9 inches while the 835 cuts at a nice 11ft 6 inches, a perfect mid-size mower with lower horsepower requirements than the larger models. To learn more about Deere’s lineup of mower-conditioners visit them on the web at www.deere.com or swing on in to your local dealership.

VERMEER Vermeer has three new models to choose from this year; the MC2800, MC3300, and MC3700 are equipped with the all-new Q3 cutter bar which gives operators better performance with reduced horsepower requirements, thus saving fuel. With the modular disc design and simplistic cutter bar access, maintenance and repair becomes a breeze (always a high point!). This is possible due to their Quick-Clip Blade Retention System and Quick-Change Shear Ring. There are no spring systems on the MC lineup; they consist of a nitrogencharged accumulator suspension system which provides steady ground contact and a consistent cut. The MC mowerconditioners from Vermeer are available in sizes from 9-12 feet. I was out at Vermeer’s proving grounds last fall and ran one of these for myself; let me tell you I was very impressed with the uniformness in cut and how smooth the mower ran. For more information visit Vermeer online at www.vermeer.com or visit your local dealer.

KUHN The folks over at Kuhn offer one heck of a line-up of new generation mower conditioners, most of which are now available with a roller conditioner. Two choices of roller are available; 1) roller set in polyurethane with specific SQUAREFLEX profile to ensure maximum stem pinch no matter how the stems are positioned between the two rollers; 2) roller set in steel – more economical, and especially suited to regions confronted with highly abrasive conditions. Both roller types operate at a speed of 780 rpm and boast a large diameter of 240 mm. Kuhn mowers feature the Optidisc® cutter bar which requires no break-in oil change or scheduled maintenance for the entire life of the machine! FastFit makes changing knives a breeze with just one tool. They also feature an integral drive system in a closed gearbox (maintenance-free) providing reliable roller synchronization, and the POSIGUARD safety system to protect the machine and its rollers from foreign bodies passing through. Check them out online www.kuhnnorthamerica.com or at your local dealer!

NEW HOLLAND New Holland wanted the readers of Working Ranch to know about their new Discbine 313 and 316 models. These two models feature the all new MowerMax II™ with larger gears, bearings and shafts. The cutter bar also features a ShockPRO™ hub which is larger and heavier than in previous years; this feature protects the cutter bar driveline for maximum uptime. New Holland is also proud to feature the 125”

WideDry™ system (a 22% increase in size over previous models) which delivers a thinner crop mat that feeds more smoothly and speeds up drydown time. The 313 and 316 can come equipped with either chevron-patterned intermeshing rubber rolls, steel rolls, or LeaningEdge™ flails to match whatever your haying needs happen to be. New Holland also improved access to the cutter bar with poly bifold upper shields which are light, easy to lift and foldable which would make life a lot easier when replacing blades. For more information swing on in to your local dealer or go online to www.newholland.com.

CASE IH Take a look at the two new mowerconditioners from Case IH; the DC133 and DC163. The new DC mowers feature simplified drivelines; they are driven from the left side of the machine, which delivers consistent power across the entire mower. Being left-hand driven, the swivel gear box does not require a steering link, meaning the PTO shaft stays perfectly aligned.

The DC133 and DC136 from Case IH have three options in the conditioning system; rubber on rubber rolls, flail conditioning, and steel on steel rolls, which gives you plenty of options in selecting a mower for your ranch. The new cutterbar features larger gears, bearings and interconnecting shafts for a more durable and fuel efficient mower. The DC133 can cut a nice 13ft. and the DC163 knocks down a whopping 16ft. For more information check out www.caseih.com or visit your friendly local dealership.

KUBOTA Finally, let’s take a look at the Kubota DMC8500 models, which are equipped with a center pivot drawbar. The SemiSwing conditioner utilizes centrifugal force to offer an aggressive conditioning effect while providing excellent tine protection. The 8.8″ diameter wide chevron rubber rollers are made from highly durable polyurethane with a steel core. If a foreign object is encountered, the spring-controlled pressure system will allow the rollers to separate leaving an opening of up to 2.4″ for the object to pass through without damaging the machine.

The complete mowing section is suspended independently from the main chassis with four long adjustable suspension springs, allowing field contours to be closely followed. If an obstacle is encountered in the field, the mowing section will lift up and backwards, protecting the cutter bar from damage.

With three blades per disc, Kubota mowers are constantly cutting, resulting in a third less load per blade; an even load on the drive; smooth power usage; and a neat, cleanly cut stubble. The long curved gear wheels run smoothly in oil and provide efficient power transfer. DMC8500 Series mower conditioners can be fitted with the ‘Express’ system for quick and easy changing of knives.

For more information, go to www.kubota.com and click on ‘hay tools’, or head down to your local dealer. Overall, these super six manufacturers have some very impressive mowerconditioners… it’s just a matter of getting out and deciding which one fits your operation the best. So, with hay season right around the corner it’s time to hook up and be ready to knock it down fast and efficiently.