Cereals 2018: Dale makes Eco drill XL

Demand for wider working widths has prompted Dale Drills to introduce the Eco XL range of seeders, with models from 8.0m up to 13.5m. To get to 13.5m, yet still retain a 3.0m transport width, has meant a complete redesign of the drill’s configuration, so the main transport wheels are now positioned in the middle of the coulter frame rather than at the rear, and the big seed/fert hopper sits up front on an extended drawbar.

Hopper sizes are 6.5t or 8.5t, while power requirement is put at around 25hp/m. Price of the pictured 9.0m model is about £100,000.

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by Andrew Faulkner

18 June 2018

Cereals 2018: Landquip's 4,000 litre self-propelled

For the first time Suffolk-based Landquip is now able to offer a self-propelled sprayer with tank capacities over 4,000 litres, courtesy of a new 3.6m wheelbase chassis.

Initially the CV228 will be sold with 4,000-, 4,500- and 5,000-litre tank sizes, but the intention is to extend that list to 6,000 litres in the future. Power comes from a Stage IV, 228hp Mercedes/MTU motor, and, as for the boom supplier, Landquip sticks with its trademark lightweight Pommier aluminium design (24m up to 44m) that helps to achieve an unladen weight of 8,300kg.

Price is from £190,000, depending on spec.

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by Andrew Faulkner

15 June 2018

Cereals 2018: Harrier touches down at Cereals

A new cab, engine and monocoque chassis rank as the stand-out features on Househam’s new Harrier self-propelled sprayer.

Replacement for the Merlin model, the Harrier is offered with either a 230hp four-cyl or 240hp six-cylinder Mercedes/MTU Stage IV engine and spray tank sizes of 4,000, 5,000 or 6,000 litres; boom sizes are a base 24m twin-fold or a heavier-duty 24m design that can be extended out to 36m. Yet arguably the key difference from the outgoing Merlin is the Harrier’s monocoque chassis, which is said to make the machine both lighter and stronger. Price of the pictured 4,000-litre/24m Harrier is from £165,000.

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by Andrew Faulkner

15 June 2018

Cereals 2018: Lite Trac becomes more tractor

Rather than just being a sprayer/spreader skid unit, Lite Trac has redesigned and rebranded its product as a multi-purpose tractor capable of carrying out a broader range of applications.

New additions run to front and rear linkages/pto, and gross vehicle weight has been increased from 24t up to 30t. On top of that, there’s a new Cat IV filtration/ROPS-tested cab, and the entire driveline has changed, too: a 7.7-litre 360hp Volvo motor drives through a 12F/2R Allison powershift gearbox and out to Omsi axles, which are now suspended both front and rear.

Full production of the new Lite Trac should start towards the end of the year, when the base price is expected to be around £185,000.

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by Andrew Faulkner

14 June 2018

Grassland UK: Mounted tedder stretches to 11.2m

With a working width of 11.2m, Kverneland reckons its 10-rotor 85112 is the widest fully mounted tedder on the market, yet it still only has a tractor requirement of around 100hp. Features are shared with other members of the 8000-series family, including a storage height of below 4.0m, the ProLine gearbox, minimal daily maintenance and oscillation dampers for good ground contour following.

At Grassland UK, KV was also debuting its 95130 four-rotor rake along with a couple of triple mowers; this, it said, reflected the continuing market trend towards wider, higher output grass kit.

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by Andrew Faulkner

11 May 2018

Grassland UK: More Deere baler wrappers to come

Balers provided the main theme to Deere’s presence at Grassland UK. Included in the line-up were the new-for-this-season V400 variable-chamber round balers and the pictured C441R fixed-chamber baler wrapper.

Though sold in Germany, one notable absentee was a variable-chamber baler wrapper, which is not currently offered in the UK. This is about to change, according to Deere.

Also on display at Grassland was the firm’s latest HarvestLab 3000 sensing system for its 8000-series foragers. Main change here is that the technology can now be used for constituent sensing in maize, grass and manure.

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by Andrew Faulkner

11 May 2018

Grassland UK: Just a little Impress-ed

A relative newcomer to the baler game, Pöttinger was demonstrating its first combination machine to reach UK shores. Within the portfolio there are both variable-chamber and fixed-chamber baler wrappers, but it was the latter that was at work here in the form of the 125FC Pro.

Vital stats for the 125FC Pro are a bale diameter of 1.25m, a max knife number of 32 and a theoretical chop length of 36mm. Also of note are the bale transfer system and satellite arm mounting position, both of which are reckoned to improve the combi’s performance on slopes — clearly important in Pöttinger’s home market of Austria. UK prices for the baler wrappers will be announced in September.

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by Andrew Faulkner

11 May 2018

Grassland UK: Gently does it

Priced at around £65,000, the trailed Merge Maxx 950 merger takes some justification. But this isn’t too difficult, according to Kuhn. The argument goes something like this: The price is about the same as that of a four-rotor rake; it gives gentler treatment of delicate, high-value crops such as alfalfa; it can travel faster; and it doesn’t pick up stones or other contaminants.

On top of that, the firm says the Merge Max is more flexible in that the right-hand and left-hand belts can be moved in/out and spun in either direction — to give a total working width of 7.5m as a side-discharge machine or 9.5m as a centre-delivery unit.

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by Andrew Faulkner

11 May 2018

Grassland UK: Three machines in one

UK importer Suffolk Farm Machinery is shipping in Maxam mowers all the way from New Zealand. Yet this isn’t just a mower, says the firm; it’s actually three machines in one — a mower, a topper and a spreader.

There are three sizes of the mounted unit — 2.5m 2500IV centre-mounted, 3.3m 3300IV centre-mounted and 2.5m MXL250 offset — and all of them share the same core cutting design: large cutting drums direct the crop into so-called Wilter tines that condition/spread the crop (these tines can be removed when wanting to leave a swath rather than spread).

Optional skids raise the cutting height of the machine for topping work. Price of the pictured 2500IV is around £7,500, although it’s the offset MXL250 that will probably end up being the more popular UK choice.

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by Andrew Faulkner

11 May 2018

Grassland UK: Massey goes ‘round’

Following last year’s AGCO acquisition of the Lely forage business, Massey Ferguson gave a working debut to former Lely round balers now in MF livery — namely the RB 4160V variable-chamber (Lely RP160V) and pictured RB2125FBR fixed-chamber (Lely RP245) machines.

These models are still available as Lely machines for now, but we’re told that this will stop next year. MF’s mowers, tedders and rakes (these are built at the former Fella factory in Feucht, Germany) were also on display at Grassland UK, and it is thought that these machines will incorporate elements of Lely mower/tedder/rake design technology in the future.

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by Andrew Faulkner

11 May 2018