32 / Michigan Farmer August 2006 ■ Machinery/Technology Miller unveils a ‘do-it-all’ welder M ILLER Electric Mfg. Co. is unveiling the Shopmate 300 DX to meet a number of needs for large-scale farmers and ranchers. The new machine uses single-phase 230/460/575 VAC and allows the user to switch between MIG, flux cored, Stick and TIG welding by turning a process selector switch and using the right accessories. A companion MIG-only model is the Shopmate 300. Both machines have a range of 5 to 400 amps (250 amps at 60% duty-cycle use) and feature Miller’s arc-control circuitry that has previously only been found on more expensive three-phase machines. Miller officials says the new line addresses agriculture’s need for many forms of welding in a budget-conscious manner. Both welders are equipped with a 10-pin connector for direct hookup of 15- and 30-amp spool guns, and a 14-pin T H E S I M P L E M AT H O F connector for Miller wire feeders and accessories, such as remote amperage controls for TIG welding. The Shopmate series also features a line voltage compensator that allows a steady, predictable arc despite changes in input voltage of up to 10%. ■ For more information on the Shopmate 300 and 300 DX, call (800) 426-4553, or visit www.millerwelds. com. HYBRIDS How Better Seed Builds a Better Bottom Line Better Breeding Pays. It’s Your Business. Do the Math. Add up the beneﬁts of hybrids: fewer inputs, in-the-plant insect protection, better growth in dry weather, stronger plants, less labor and cost all season. The results are real: 761 Top -10 F. I.R.S.T. winners and 74 NCGA State Champions. Last year, in 5,600 locations, our new hybrid introductions out-yielded competitive brands with similar traits by 8.13 bushels per acre. How do we get there? With one of the richest privately owned germplasm pools in the world and a proprietary doubled-haploid breeding process that gets traited hybrids into your ﬁelds two years faster. YieldGard® Plus with Roundup Ready® Corn 2 provides maximum insect protection with excellent crop safety. That‘s no surprise to growers who know that paying a little more for superior seed can cost less and deliver better yield. MILLER ELECTRIC’S new Shopmate 300 DX and 300 feature multipurpose welding capability and single-phase power requirements for 230/460/575 VAC. The Shopmate 300 DX supports MIG, TIG, Stick and flux-core wire welding with the turn of a selector switch. MF 1560 offers bigger chassis, more functions M ASSEY Ferguson has expanded its compact-tractor line with the new MF 1560, which boasts a larger chassis, heavier rear end and expanded hitch capacities over competitive models. Armed with a 59.1-horsepower diesel engine in four-wheel-drive platform or cab models, the 1560 comes with a 12x12 power-shuttle transmission or a DynaQPS four-range clutchless-shift gearbox with 12 forward and reverse speeds. Both options come with two hydraulic rear remotes, factory-installed joystick controller and midcouplers. The 1560 offers a three-point hitch capable of lifting 3,748 pounds at the hitch joint, and it’s compatible with a wide range of add-ons, including frontend loaders and backhoe attachments. An automotive-style dash and digital-display instrument panel offers safe and easy operation, and includes a diagnostic center to keep track of all tractor functions. Glass-enclosed cab tractors come with built-in heating, air conditioning and radio speakers. ■ For more information, visit www. masseyferguson.com for full details. 1-800-257-SEED www.GreatLakesHybrids.com/fp Always follow Grain Marketing and Insect Resistance Management requirements. Always read and follow pesticide label directions. YieldGard,® WeatherMAX® and Roundup Ready® are registered trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC. © 2006 Monsanto Company. MASSEY FERGUSON’S new MF 1560 sports a 60-horsepower engine with expanded work capabilities, a larger chassis and expanded three-point hitch capacities.