ATI makes fresh tracks

Kate PollardCountryman

The ultimate track system - ATI Tracks fitted to a New Holland CR9090 and New Holland T9-670 - will be on show at the McIntosh & Son display at Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days .

The modular track system is one of the most exciting product developments that the McIntosh team has been involved in, according to Katanning branch manager Devon Gilmour.

With grain growers upgrading machinery to larger bars, more horsepower and newer combines, they need more power on the ground, Mr Gilmour said.

"We are finding as the horsepower increases, there is a great need for a reliable track system," he said.

"The beauty of the ATI Track system is there is less maintenance."

The ATI Track, a unique modular system, has already been tested and proved up to 15,000 hours in North America.

The tracks can be mounted and fitted to either 4WD tractors or combine harvesters and are interchangeable for use during seeding and harvest.

"It doesn't matter if you have an articulated tractor like the T9 or a different brand header, adapter plates are fitted to suit the customer requirement, so there is always that flexibility for cross utilisation between all machines," Mr Gilmour said.

He said it also saved tread on tyres when doing a trade-in, making it easier for dealers when selling a second-hand tractor.

"People will see a noticeable difference in durability and reliability between these tracks and others on the market - the difference is obvious."

To help explain the system, the McIntosh team will be on hand to answer questions at Dowerin along with the system's designer and owner.

During the 2012 harvest the New Holland CR9090 on ATI Tracks will be used for on-farm demonstrations in the Great Southern.

McIntosh & Son will also be showcasing Morris Input Control Technology, a seeding module that controls supply of seed or fertilise in individual primary runs similar to sprayer control and stops overlap on corners.

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