Machinery Journal - November 2019

Machinery Journal - November 2019 ( Photos provided by Firestone and Can-Am )

New Firestone Ag Tires Feature Improved Tread Wear and Traction

Firestone Maxi Traction tires, available in 15 sizes, offer improved tread wear, traction in a variety of soil conditions and targeted load capacity to match application needs. Features of Firestone Maxi Traction tires include:

  • A tread pattern designed for an improved wear rate and a more even tread wear.
  • AD2 technology, which helps carry heavier loads at the same pressure as standard tires or the same loads at reduced inflation pressure.
  • R-1W tread depth and dual-angle tread pattern design for increased tread contact with the soil to improve traction.

Can-Am Updates Defender Series

Utility vehicles aren't going to replace pickup trucks anytime soon; however they have certainly earned their place on farms and ranches as valuable, dependable workhorses.

Can-Am has tuned into producers’ need for a utility vehicle that’s suitable for both function and fun with its Defender side-by-side.

For 2020, the entire Defender lineup has been redesigned and improved to deliver more value and a better, quieter ride, while offering up to 82 hp and a class-leading 69 lb.-ft. of torque. In addition, Defender side-by-sides now offer more insulation, a thicker firewall and new exhaust.

Producers wanting to brave the elements in style and comfort now have access to an industry first with the 2020 Can-Am Defender Limited HD10. It’s the first UTV offering a climate-controlled cockpit with air conditioning, heat or an automatic temperature mode. It is available as a three- or six-seater.

Also new for 2020 is the Can-Am Defender 6x6 HD 10. It features six-wheel traction and an adjustable box to perform a variety of towing and carrying tasks to manage heavy loads and extreme terrain with ease.

For a video of the new Defender lineup, visit

New Equipment Sales

(January through September 2019)

  • Sales of combines totaled 3,620, which is up 2% from last year.
  • A total of 190,770 tractors have sold, which is 8,975 more than in 2018.
  • Sales of two-wheel-drive tractors under 40 hp were up 6% over last year.
  • Sales of two-wheel drive tractors with 100 hp or more were up 3%.

Source: Association of Equipment Manufacturer