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A farm equipment question?
« on: October 31, 2014, 09:53:22 AM »

Yesterday morning I saw a piece of equipment go by on a semi trailer.  It appeared to be a small corn silage chopper...   self propelled.  It looked like a small combine but had a distinct 3 row head on it.  None of it appeared to be hanging off the side of the trailer so I don't think it was much over 100" wide.  It was painted a blue that was kind of close to 'New Holland' blue but the whole piece of equipment was that one color except a name on it in white letters...   and that's my question...  I didn't quite catch the name.  What I thought I read was "Alamo" but I've googled that and don't find a thing.  It looked like it was brand new so maybe it's an import of some kind.  Although the head was distinct corn silage chopper I don't remember seeing a discharge tube although maybe they had it removed for transport due to height. 

Any ideas...   who is building nice 'blue' ag equipment?

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Re: A farm equipment question?
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2014, 10:26:27 AM »

The only blue one I could find was a Mengela but it was older
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Re: A farm equipment question?
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2014, 10:28:54 AM »

Isn't New Holland equipment blue as well?
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Re: A farm equipment question?
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2014, 10:44:30 AM »

The only blue one I could find was a Mengela but it was older

I went and looked that up and definitely nothing like that...  this was pretty 'streamlined' and modern looking.  There wasn't a scratch on it or any mud or anything so I'm pretty sure it was either brand new or just freshly painted.  I'll keep my eyes open for it again out in a field...  it should be pretty easy to spot!
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Re: A farm equipment question?
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2014, 12:57:39 PM »

http://www.weissmcnair.com/store/product/66721/Magnum-X-Self-Propelled-Harvester

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Right color but other than that 'no match'!!!  Thanks for looking though.  Someday I'll see it working in a field or sitting in a yard and I'll get a few pictures of it!
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Re: A farm equipment question?
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2014, 01:39:03 PM »

Only thing I could find so far is a knapsack harvesters and Zhejiang Liulin Machinery sorry no help
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Re: A farm equipment question?
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2014, 04:21:27 PM »

My neighbors all have green and a few red...   nothing blue around here
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Re: A farm equipment question?
« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2014, 05:42:24 PM »

maybe this page will give you a clue, BRD.  there is a pic of a blue tractor, and it says they have "Alamo" parts.... .

http://www.messicks.com/AlamoParts.aspx
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http://www.alamo-industrial.com

Alamo Industrial® is one of the world's largest manufacturers of tractor-mounted mowers, brush-cutters, and land-clearing equipment. Made for right-of-way clearing, roadside vegetation management and grounds maintenance, our line of mowing products and parts cuts the competition down to size!


The Alamo Industrial line includes rotary, flail, and sickle bar mowers known over the years as Mott®, Terrain King®, and Triumph®.
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Re: A farm equipment question?
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2014, 05:51:54 PM »

Looks impressive enough to pick up strippers in it.
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Re: A farm equipment question? SOLVED!!!
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2014, 06:44:16 PM »

I was just about ready to leave to go do some running this afternoon and I heard a semi truck going down the road...  looked and I immediately thought "that's the truck that delivered the 'mystery' machine"!

And then about 2 minutes later here came another semi...   looked identical to the first one!  I was about out the door so I hurried and followed this 2nd one.  Finally caught up to it and saw it backing into a farm...   looked in the field and there was the 'mystery' machine...  in fact...  there were two of them!!! 

I talked to one of the truck drivers and he said they were 'seed plot harvesters' which are able to run several 'tests' right in the field.  I asked what kind of tests and he said that it could calculate the moisture content and the grain per acre...  he said it could do some other stuff too but he really wasn't sure what all...  he just drives the truck that delivers the machines and picks the up when they're done.  The trucks were from near Parma (Jackson County) and the company that does the testing is out of Mason, MI.  I did notice there were some vehicles there with 'Monsanto' on the side. 

Anyway, even though I described it as having a 'corn' head in this case they were doing beans!

Anyway...  it wasn't 'Alamo' on the side but rather it said Almaco...  they're built out in Iowa!  They have some used units from 1981 for sale so I guess they've been around a long time!

I took a few pictures but I'll have to get them out of the camera.  Here's their website:

http://www.almaco.com/products/products.cfm?ProductCategoryID=5

Wow...  I can't believe all the response I got this thread :o :o :o
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Re: A farm equipment question?
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2014, 10:00:44 PM »

Good detective skills there, BRD!  You should be a PI.  ;D   Nice work
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Re: A farm equipment question?
« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2014, 10:02:52 PM »

Good detective skills there, BRD!  You should be a PI.  ;D   Nice work

Probably what I should have done was just followed it when I saw it going yesterday and they I would have known what it was...   I just knew it was something I'd never seen before!
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Re: A farm equipment question?
« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2014, 01:47:30 AM »

The seed corn op doen the road has a huge one but it's yellow.  Has a corn head on the front like a combine, but thats whrere the resemblance ends....
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Re: A farm equipment question?
« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2014, 10:12:40 AM »

Here's a video I found about the company.  They build (apparently almost hand build) low volume research equipment:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpKu-yBBtkM



Here's one doing corn...   I'm glad they're only doing a test plot because it would take forever to do an 80 acre field as slow as it moves.  Near the end you can see it doing some of the tests right in the field:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DN4veerzDU



Here's one where they're doing wheat.  I remember my Dad had a combine he'd tow with the tractor...   probably not much bigger than this one.  It had a platform on the side where you could bag the grain rather than put it into a wagon or truck in bulk. 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeOkIKrY8-E



I remember now when they were planting the test plots they had a machine that looked a lot like this one:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxDqyUdutLw
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