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Re: Gas Tractor and GPS?

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Eric in IL

01-13-2014 14:27:18
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I don't know about a gas tractor, but my Trimble lightbar works just fine on my gas Polaris ATV.

Handy as socks on a rooster for driving around perimeter of fields to measure acreages.




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GordoSD

01-13-2014 17:13:02
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 Re: Gas Tractor and GPS? in reply to Eric in IL, 01-13-2014 14:27:18  
I use an $80 Garmin handheld to do that.



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Allan In NE

01-13-2014 14:31:46
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 Re: Gas Tractor and GPS? in reply to Eric in IL, 01-13-2014 14:27:18  
How does that work?

Do you run the parameter as a 'pattern' and then put it into memory so that particular field is always there for the fieldwork?

Allan



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in-too-deep

01-13-2014 15:27:04
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 Re: Gas Tractor and GPS? in reply to Allan In NE, 01-13-2014 14:31:46  
Exactly. You'd record a boundary around the field, and it'll calcualte the acreage of everything inside that field. You can also record that same boundary as an A-B line and it will automatically steer through the curves, although there's fewer curves where you farm :). The, you'd set up your main line to work the field and save it. Can move that data to a USB stick and load it into other GPS equipment. Down Under is right, though, it can be much more complicated if you'd like it to be. Honestly, Allan, with as much as you like playing with electronics, I thought you'd be keen on the idea : )

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Allan In NE

01-13-2014 15:51:09
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 Re: Gas Tractor and GPS? in reply to in-too-deep, 01-13-2014 15:27:04  
We're talking what? $5K?

Thanks for the info, by the way.

Allan



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IaGary

01-13-2014 16:51:01
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 Re: Gas Tractor and GPS? in reply to Allan In NE, 01-13-2014 15:51:09  
Cruser light bar for spraying or spreading can be had for under $1750.

Just enter in the width of strip you want to cover.

Drive your first pass and then it will guide the following passes at your set footage. Acturate to 6 inches or so. If the light goes off center you move the other way.

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Eric in IL

01-13-2014 15:25:25
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 Re: Gas Tractor and GPS? in reply to Allan In NE, 01-13-2014 14:31:46  
Allan, the lightbar I have is "ancient" but it will calculate acreages of any shaped field by just driving the outside edge.

I have run a neighbors planter tractor wich is equiped with newer gps and his planter has individual row shut-offs. There you have to establish a "boundary" ( end row, or whatever folks in NE call them) for the gps to know when to shut off seed flow. We are using WAAS satellites (bottom of the barrel stuff) and can only establish these boundarys right before planting the field due to sattelite drift. There is newer stuff out there (RTK etc.) that is much more accurate, but needs a subcription to use it $$$$$.

So in trying to answer your question, I am thinking that even the RTK is not capable of making a field boundary this year and repeating that exact same path next year. Probably would be close though.

Others will know much more about GPS than I do, much more for me to learn.

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in-too-deep

01-13-2014 15:28:56
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 Re: Gas Tractor and GPS? in reply to Eric in IL, 01-13-2014 15:25:25  
RTK will repeat sub-inch accuracy year to year.



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Down Under Farmer

01-13-2014 15:05:01
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 Re: Gas Tractor and GPS? in reply to Allan In NE, 01-13-2014 14:31:46  
Allan it all depends on how much you spend. Simple light bar you line up plot the star piont drive to other end straight plot it and then go back and forth usually to sub meter accuracy. Spend a bit more coin and you can get one with a coverage screen to so you can see where you have been and the next swath pass as well as the light bar for steering. some of them hold the feild data for next time. you get one that does parrell lines, bent lines, circles for center pivotes or race track a feild. Spend some more coin and add the finger muncher auto steer moter that drives the steering wheel gets the acuracuy down some more. Add boom shut off for point rows. Spend more coin go full auto steer, feild mapping, yeild mapping, down to 1" acurracy pass on pass. The more you spend the better it gets. light bars have gotten cheaper than foam markers in australia an less hassle. Google trimble light bars im looking at a 250 which has the screen and finger muncher steering option

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VicS

01-13-2014 19:17:16
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 Re: Gas Tractor and GPS? in reply to Down Under Farmer, 01-13-2014 15:05:01  
They are pretty addictive, I use one to spray, spread fertilize. Also use it to lay off lands mowing hay, and bushoging CRP. (government paying us to not farm it) May get a finger pincer this spring.



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