Would a CVT Fit Your Farm?


In 1969, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, the Beatles recorded their final album, and J. I. Case introduced its first power shift transmission—the 870 Agri-King Power Shift Diesel. Those who lived through this transition experienced a new kind of tractor. Today, the power shift is the standard, but other options are available. One of them is the CVT, released by Case IH in North America around 40 years after the power shift. (more…)

By : Birkey's /January 27, 2015 /Agriculture, Customer Feature, Farm equipment, Testimonial /0 Comment Read More

Tech Tip: Organic Acid Technology Engine Coolant


In preparation for Tier 4B engines, Case IH recently introduced an Organic Acid Technology (OAT) engine coolant product—Case IH Akcela Actifull Extended Life Coolant—for use in all new combine and tractor engines.

All Tier 4B machines were filled with OAT coolant from the factory. These machines were labeled with OAT coolant identification tags to prevent confusion when adding coolant (see image below).


By : Birkey's /January 06, 2015 /Agriculture, Ask A Tech, Birkey's, Farm equipment, Tech Tip, Tech Tips /0 Comment Read More

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By : Birkey's /December 12, 2014 /Links, Uncategorized /4 Comments Read More

What Is a CMI?

Birkey’s developed the Customized Maintenance Inspection, or CMI, more than 20 years ago to help customers extend their equipment’s life and value. During an inspection, our service techs have two priorities:

  1. Performing recommended maintenance (changing oils and filters)
  2. Inspecting wear parts that are under stress in your rugged work environment (more…)
By : Birkey's /December 11, 2014 /Birkey's, Case IH, Construction, Illinois, Indiana /0 Comment Read More

Birkey’s After-Season Combine Maintenance Checklist

Who keeps your equipment running?

Every operation is different. Some growers have skilled in-house service departments to keep their equipment in good condition. Others look to their dealer for advice, but perform some of the maintenance themselves. Still others rely on a local dealership to provide all recommended service.

Whatever operation describes you, this video can help. In it, we explain what’s on the checklist during an after-season Combine Maintenance Inspection. Use it to inform your own maintenance, or bring your combine in to receive an inspection.


By : Birkey's /November 10, 2014 /Agriculture, Ask A Tech, Birkey's, Case IH, Farm equipment, Illinois, Indiana, Tech Tip /0 Comment Read More

Case Equipment for Every Season: The City of Sullivan


The leaves turn, the snow falls, the spring rains come, and the summer heat scorches. The seasons may change, but the City of Sullivan in central Illinois is prepared to tackle each challenge they bring.

For the three departments serving the Moultrie county seat, overcoming Mother Nature’s tests begins with a flexible, team-oriented approach. (more…)

By : Birkey's /November 06, 2014 /Construction, Customer Profiles, Illinois /0 Comment Read More

Tech Tip: Save Money with Preventative Maintenance on Construction Equipment


One Veteran Tech Gives Critical Tips

Dennis Budde recently retired from his role as Service Technician after working at Birkey’s for 20 years. Before he left, we asked him to share critical maintenance tips that can reduce downtime and catch problems before they grow and cost more to fix.

Dennis talks about these tips in the context of CMIs, or Customized Maintenance Inspections, that he performed at Birkey’s. You can put these tips to good use in your own shop, or bring your machine in for a CMI done by a certified Birkey’s service tech. (more…)

By : Birkey's /November 06, 2014 /Birkey's, Construction, Illinois, Tech Tip /0 Comment Read More

Precision Farming Options for Anhydrous Application


It’s fall anhydrous season. We interviewed Todd Weitekamp, one of Birkey’s Precision Farming Specialists, about anhydrous solutions. Click the button on the left to listen to Todd’s recommendations:


Read the interview:

Are growers interested in precision farming options for anhydrous application?

Todd: Yes. Harvest is coming to an end and a new anhydrous season is right around the corner. When it comes to anhydrous application, we get many phone calls from customers this time of year asking what they can add to their displays to make them more useful for accurate fertilizer application. (more…)

By : Birkey's /November 04, 2014 /Birkey's, Illinois, Indiana, Precision Farming /0 Comment Read More