Equipment with highest honors

Apr 12, 2013

February’s World Ag Expo in Tulare, CA, turned up some potentially helpful new equipment offerings to the world of agriculture. Every year, 10 new products receive one of agricultural equipment’s top honors, the Top 10 New Product Award. Below are four of the 2013 award winners that made WLJ´s producer savvy list.

Multiplaz 3500: Ever thought you could have a complete welding, plasma cutting, soldering, and hardening tool all in one compact, easy-to-carry package?

What about a welding or plasma cutting tool which doesn’t require shielding gasses and special electrodes? Multiplaz North America won the World Ag Expo’s Top 10 New Product Award for a small little multitool which can do all that, using regular tap water and alcohol as the basic working liquid.

Though not a new product on the global scale—the product has been available in Europe for 10 years—it was only recently introduced to North America. In addition to the World Ag Expo award, the device recently earned the “Grand Prix Award” at the World Invention Show in Switzerland. Multiplaz holds the only worldwide patent for this sort of “space-aged” water-powered plasma cutting and welding technology.

Despite the accolades the device has earned, the company prides itself on one thing above all others; the ecological friendliness of its products. According to its website, “The use of diluted water with clean Isopropyl and Ethel alcohol in concentrations of 50/60/70 percent, provide a plasma vapor shield without any shielding gas, eliminating those harmful gas fumes.”

More information about the Multiplaz 3500 can be found at

Dura Bilt Calf Stall:

The new product from ADA Enterprises is marketed towards dairymen and veal producers, but could be a valuable emergency tool for beef producers when newborn calves need that extra attention.

The self-contained stall is an open-topped, semi-portable housing arrangement for newborn calves which requires no additional bedding. It is constructed out of domestic steel and coated in a heavy layer of PVC to prevent injury to the calf and resist rust and corrosion. The flooring is designed to be comfortable for the calf to stand or lie down on, provides traction, and is easy to clean.

The Dura Bilt Calf Stall was called the first of its kind by the World Ag Expo announcement of the Top 10 New Product Award winners.

“It’s always fun to be at World Ag Expo because there’s so much going on,” said Jake Stenzel, ADA’s sales manager. “We’ve taken orders for our products at the show and have signed up dealers we met there.”

For more information or to receive product literature, visit

Freeman Bale Scale:

Freeman, a division of Allied Systems, recently released a first-of-its-kind bale scale attachment to improve bale uniformity and keep the op erator  up-to-date on bale weight in real time. The scale fits any new and existing three-tie side-feed Freeman baler. An in-cab monitor reports the weights of each bale as they are fed out, allowing the operator to monitor bale uniformity and adjust on the spot as needed.

“It’s a fantastic honor, and we’re humbled to receive it,” said Dave Bochsler, marketing manager for Freeman in the World Ag Expo announcement of winners. “It’s a great recognition of our dedication to our products and our customers.”

Visit freeman/haybalers.htm to learn more about the Bale Scale.

SandMaster 26: While not directly agricultural in nature, the new sandbag filling device by Barrier Systems, LLC has the potential to help those producers who find themselves in areas of flood potential or in need of erosion control. Inventor Joe Hartley was inspired to create this device after seeing the hundreds of volunteers making sandbags during the flood in Fargo, ND. He thought there had to be a better way.

The device can be made to fit on any front-end loader bucket with minimal alteration. With a two-person team—one operating the loader and one prepping the bags for the next round— roughly 4,000 60-pound sandbags can be made in eight hours. This compares with the 1,200 volunteers who made 1 million 30-pound sandbags in five days (approximately 55 sandbags of half the size per person in an eight hour period) during that Fargo flood which inspired Hartley.

Hartley recognizes that others might find valuable uses for the SandMaster 26 beyond his initial idea of flood prevention and erosion control. To learn more about the device and to see a video of it in use, go to — Kerry Halladay, WLJ Editor