"It is with great excitement that Case IH announces the Robo-SharpenerTM," says Rob Zemenchik, Sales and Marketing Manager, Case IH Tillage Products.
"It's the world's first manually supervised 'field-service robot' for sharpening wavy or regular tillage blades on the Case IH True-Tandem 330 Turbo."
"We introduced the 330 Turbo vertical tillage tool in 2007, with its patented low-concavity wavy blades," Zemenchik
field specialists soon recognized that we could further extend customer value if we could provide a sharpener for its wavy blades.
We couldn't find a sharpener anywhere in the world, so we invented our own."
The patent-pending Robo-Sharpener system sharpens a Case IH Turbo blade in just a few minutes.
The sharpener is equipped with a trolley system, allowing it to roll along a rail from blade to blade while the operator watches.
"This provides easy repeatability in sharpening," Zemenchik
"A gleaming, fresh edge emerges within seconds, giving the blade the full cutting capability it had when new," says Zemenchik
"We were surprised with how sharp and uniform the blades got.
The toughest corn stalks will be no match for a freshly sharpened True-Tandem 330 Turbo."
The economics are attractive, too.
While sharpening labor and applicable travel costs vary by area, utilizing the Robo-Sharpener from your local Case IH dealer can save you up to 85 percent of the cost to re-blade an implement.
"This offers tremendous savings for Case IH customers who want top performance from their vertical tillage tools or disks, because you no longer have to prematurely re-blade machines," Zemenchik
"Re-sharpening multiple times for multiple savings is now feasible.
Additional value is gained from having sharp implement blades.
"Sharp blades enhance nutrient cycling of phosphorus and potassium in crop residues," adds Zemenchik
"And, tire damage is reduced because sharp blades help manage root crowns from stiff corn stalks."
"We appreciate the efforts of Case IH dealers to provide and support the best machines possible for our customers.
Any opportunity a dealer has to extend value beyond the original equipment purchase is terrific," Zemenchik