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New Products: DeWolf & Associates upgrade Electric Hoof Knife

Published on 30 April 2014
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DeWolf & Associates upgrade Electric Hoof Knife
The Merlin Hoof Trimming Tool has been rebranded the Electric Hoof Knife and has undergone a redesign to make it more durable and effective for use in the hoof care industry.

The new model’s upgrades are the direct result of Allen DeWolf, president of DeWolf & Associates LLC, listening to eight years of customer suggestions and feedback.

Internally, the new knife utilizes spiral-bevel gears that are stronger, operate more quietly and efficiently, and produce less vibration than its predecessor.

Through the addition of a powerful, high-capacity fan and extra air vents on both the neck and bottom, the new model stays cooler so it can run for longer periods of time.

It runs off of a fixed-speed motor that rotates at 13,000 RPMs, which has been determined the optimal speed for hoof trimming. The updated circuit board and electrical components are made from eco-friendly materials and are RoHS-compliant.

On the outside, the knife now comes with a one-piece cast aluminum safety guard created to be more durable and to better protect the operator from flying debris.

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A newly designed switch guard significantly reduces accidental starting of the tool, and more resilient materials make the knife less susceptible to damage.

The new lightweight exterior and grittier texture provide comfort and control, so users can trim longer with less hand and wrist fatigue.

With improved efficiency in mind, the Electric Hoof Knife’s internal and external updates combine to deliver a superior trimming experience. Inspired by those who use it, the new tool’s features will make trimming easier and quicker for anyone who trims hooves.

The Complete Dairy Hoof Trimming set comes with everything previously mentioned along with the Hoof Boss trimming disc, which weighs only five ounces and is designed for high-volume maintenance trimming.

—From DeWolf & Associates, LLC

Tractor tool box

New front-mounted tractor toolbox offered by John Deere
Finding room in a tractor cab for tools, parts and other items needed while in the field has always been an issue with operators.

Small toolboxes have been supplied and located on different areas of the tractor, but the storage space has been limited.

Now, John Deere has found a convenient solution with the new Tractor Utility Box.

The product is the first to use a patent-pending weight mount system that bolts on in minutes. The toolbox can be easily removed or replaced as needed by the operator.

The bracket system ensures stable mounting without compromising headlight use or tractor functions and allows the toolbox to be easily moved from machine to machine.

Both the box (BRE10151) and bracket kit (BRE10153) are available now.

—From John Deere news release

DuPont introduces the Freestyle herbicide
Soybean growers in Ontario and Quebec have an effective, flexible new tool for early season weed control. DuPont Crop Protection says that new DuPont Freestyle herbicide will be available for the 2014 growing season.

The new product delivers broad-spectrum control of key annual grass and broadleaf weeds, including glyphosate-tolerant weeds such as dandelion and late-germinating weeds like Eastern black nightshade.

Each compact case contains a 20-litre jug of the company’s Classic Grande and a 2.5-litre jug of its Imazethapyr 240 SL herbicide. Growers can mix it with their glyphosate of choice for a systemic and residual burndown in GT soybeans.

The new product provides welcome options to get the crop off to a flying start by minimizing early season weed competition, according to the company. Capturing this early advantage means less stress for the crop and ultimately, higher yield potential.

—From DuPont Pioneer news release

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