Caterpillar Agricultural Products Inc., has announced that it will offer a line of tillage equipment as an addition to its agricultural product line.

Caterpillar has entered into an agreement with Krause Corporation, Hutchinson, Kan., to manufacture a line of Caterpillar implements optimized for use with track tractors.

The line will include a family of disk rippers and in-line rippers, as well as seedbed finishing tools. Initial availability for the U.S. and Canadian markets is expected this coming fall.

The Caterpillar tillage equipment will be identified with Caterpillar's signature yellow paint and logo, and will be marketed through Caterpillar's U.S. and Canadian dealer networks.

While details of the product offerings have not yet been announced, Bog Strube, president of Caterpillar Agricultural Products Inc., said the new line of tillage tools will have unique features designed to complement the high productivity of the Challenger tractor line. “These tools will be designed to help producers achieve optimum yields and improve their bottom line, through better soil management,” he commented.

Strube added that this new product line is significant for Caterpillar dealers and customers. “This tillage line expands the opportunity for Caterpillar dealers to provide product and service solutions for agricultural customers,” he said.

It builds on the advantages offered by Challenger tractors, Lexion combines, skid-steer loaders, telehandlers and other Caterpillar material-handling equipment for the ag industry. We[re confident these products will follow the Caterpillar tradition of providing equipment that sets industry standards for performance, quality and value.”

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