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04/01/2009 02:00:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

Touchscreen display with GPS receivers

The new touch-screen AgGPS FmX integrated display from Trimble Agriculture Division in Westminster, Colo., allows you to steer the tractor you’re driving as well as the implement you’re pulling.

The display can even handle a dual-masted scraper outfitted with a global positioning system antennae on each side, providing the user with all of the information on one screen.

The unit features two GPS and GLONASS receivers. GLONASS is a series of Russian GPS satellites. When coupled with an RTK tower, receiver can provide sub-inch accuracy.

The display also is 35 percent larger than earlier units with better visibility and a brighter screen.

For more information, visit www.trimble.com.

Propane-fueled truck

A Ford F-150 pick-up truck that was converted to run entirely on propane could save a driver 50 percent to 70 percent per mile in fuel costs, say officials with the Washington, D.C.-based Propane Education & Research Council.

Roush of Livonia, Mich., showcased the pick-up truck that was converted to run entirely on propane.

Drivers can opt for a 25-gallon propane tank mounted under the pick-up bed where the spare tire typically would be. A 59-gallon tank is mounted in the back of the pick-up bed.

The 25-gallon tank would take the truck about 250 miles whereas the 59-gallon tank would take the truck about 590 miles, says Mark Leitman, director of agriculture programs for the Propane group.

Propane also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions, producing 62.7 kilograms of carbon dioxide per 1 million Btus. That compares with 70.5 kilograms for gasoline and 72.5 kilograms for diesel.

Conversion kits run about $7,500 to $8,500 apiece, according to Roush.

For more information, visit www.roushperformance.com/propane.shtml


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