CEEDA Briefing
Apr. 11, 2013

Kubota announces opening of $73 million production facility
Farm Equipment
Kubota Corporation has announced the grand opening of its new $73 million manufacturing facility at Kubota Industrial Equipment in Jefferson, GA. The 522,000-square-foot plant on the 88-acre site recently began production of Kubota's 30- to 50-horsepower compact tractor models. The grand opening event was co-sponsored by Kubota Tractor Corporation, the U.S. marketer and distributor of Kubota tractors and equipment.More

HiSpec shows latest XCEL 1250 muckspreader
Farmers Weekly Interactive
The latest version of HiSpec's XCEL 1250 rear-discharge muckspreader has a solids capacity of 12t, a loading height of just 2.5m and a new curved side panel design that is said to give increased capacity. This new design also has the advantage of reducing the risk of material bridging, says the company. More

Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks unveils new electric four-wheel forklift trucks
Supply & Demand Chain Executive
Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks, manufactured and distributed by Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift, now provides a new series of 4,500-6,500 pound capacity electric four-wheel cushion tire forklift trucks. Equipped with a variety of productivity-enhancing standard features, the FBC22N2–FBC30LN2 forklift truck series includes both 36- and 48-voltage options and features enhanced operator ergonomics, high performance levels and a new modern design. More

Toro's lightweight fairway unit is coming
TurfNet
The wait is almost over for the Toro Reelmaster 3550-D fairway mower. Weighing in at 1,985 pounds, the 3550-D is the lightest fairway mower on the market coming in at as much as 600 pounds lighter than other comparable units, meaning less adverse impact on fairway turf during potential stress periods. More

Maritime crane simulators launched by Liebherr
Mechanics Hub
The Liebherr simulators increase port safety & productivity by providing a cost-effective, highly efficient crane operator training solution. Liebherr say that the development of this advanced training tool was driven by their extensive experience in highly intensive crane driver training. Approved by training experts, the range of simulated cranes includes ship to shore, rubber tyre gantry, mobile harbour and offshore cranes. More

New electric steering solution Leica SteerDirect now available
Precision Farming Dealer
Leica Geosystems has released Leica SteerDirect ES, the latest retro-fit electric steering system. Customers can install the assisted steering solution effortlessly into all major brands and models. SteerDirect ES reduces input costs and operator fatigue. Leica SteerDirectThe electro-mechanical drive unit is quiet and latches on and off for easy transfer between vehicles. Adding Leica SteerDirect ES doesn't involve integration into the hydraulic system or dismounting the steering wheel. More

Hyundai launches R260LC-9A crawler excavator with improved fuel economy
Equipment World
Hyundai has added to its new 9A series with the launch of its latest crawler excavator, the R260LC-9A. The machine features a Tier 4 Interim engine, improved hydraulics, a more comfortable cab and greater durability over previous models. The excavator is powered by the Tier 4 Interim-compliant, 178-horsepower Cummins QSB6.7 with Direct Flow, an air filter that delivers better fuel economy. More

American Suzuki dissolved, sold to Suzuki Motor of America
Powersports Business
Following its bankruptcy, American Suzuki Motor Corporation has been dissolved, selling its assets to Suzuki Motor of America, a newly organized, wholly-owned subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation. More

New planters address move toward narrow rows, high plant populations
Precision Farming Dealer
As farmers move to new crop-production practices, such as narrow rows and higher plant populations, or look for ways to increase planter capabilities, manufacturers are working to address these trends with the latest in planter technology.More

Video: New Patriot 2240 applicator from Case IH
AgProfessional
The new Patriot 2240 applicator was introduced this year by Case IH. It is a smaller Patriot unit that has a fit for custom application work on smaller fields. More

Analyst: Polaris sled retail sales up 20 per cent in Q1
Powersports Business
Expect Polaris to announce record revenue and earnings per share in the first quarter, according to Wells Fargo Securities analyst Tim Conder. In a research note provided by Conder, he reports that dealer checks in recent weeks reveal the following estimated year-over-year retail sales trends by Polaris dealers. More

Kubota extend lawn-care range
Pitchcare
From trimming well-kept lawns to mowing rough grass, the new Kubota W821-PRO walk behind mower is the perfect tool for ensuring a professional looking cut each and every time. Featuring a heavy-duty aluminium die cast construction, the W821-PRO's Heavy Duty Deck ensures the mower is built to last, yet agile enough around the lawn. More