Customers will find changes and enhancements throughout the full line of Great Plains 8000 Series Field Cultivators. However, one could sum up most of the improvements in just a few words — including heavier, better balanced and more reliable.
“Everywhere you look, you’ll find beefed-up components,” says Greg Brenneman, marketing manager for Great Plains. “The hinges on both the inside and outside wings, for example, are heavier so folding and unfolding are smoother and more reliable. We also strengthened the wing wheel arms and used heavier, 6-bolt hubs in all locations on all models for more reliability in the field and on the road.”
Other improvements include an improved caster pivot design on floating hitch models for greater strength and enhanced maneuverability; a new low-profile hitch with heavy-duty ball joint attachment; new maintenance-free pivot points, and better overall balance, which allows heavier harrow attachments without experiencing negative tongue weight.
“We also changed the shank spacing throughout the machine — especially around the tires — to ensure that no shanks are closer than 28 inches to maintain our Max/Mix pattern,” Brenneman adds. “This significantly improves trash flow and reduces plugging in heavy residue.
“All-in-all, function, form and reliability all come together in the new 8000 Series Field Cultivator, providing our customers with the performance and value they’ve come to expect from Great Plains,” he concludes.
For additional information, contact Great Plains Manufacturing Inc., P.O. Box 5060, Salina, Kan., 67401; (785) 823-3276, www.greatplainsmfg.com.
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