Coinciding with a major anniversary for the company, Kverneland has revealed a wide-ranging suite of new products.
Alex Heath reports from its Klepp factory, Norway...
This year marks 140 years of Kverneland and its history of innovations, acquisitions and implement manufacturing.
To celebrate this significant milestone, the company recently held an event showcasing its latest products to be launched at the fast approaching Agritechnica, while also reminiscing on its achievements to date.
The venue was its hometown of Klepp, Norway, where the founder, Ole Gabriel Kverneland, set up his smithy to manufacture farm tools, and where the company’s ploughs are still built to this day.
Since the company’s inception in 1879, it has bought into product sectors, such as its 1998 purchase of Vicon and Rau, and recently sold to a multinational manufacturing giant in Kubota, expanding its range to offer nearly every implement needed on an arable or grassland farm.
However, the plough that the company’s foundations were built on is still at its heart today – and testament to this was the launch of four new models.
IN total, three new mounted models and a single semi-mounted model are to be launched.
All depend heavily on components from the company’s 2500 i-Plough and have even taken the numbering system from the IsoBus controlled unit.
The most notable addition to be lifted from the 2500 is the aeroprofiled legs offering 80cm of underbeam clearance.
The shape of the legs plus the additional height is said to aid soil and trash flow through the plough.
New mounted ploughs are numbered 2300S, 3300S and 3400S. For simplicity, the higher the number, the more power the plough is rated to be pulled with.
Starting with the smallest, the 2300S is available in three to five furrow combinations, and is rated to 240hp.
The 3300S is available in three to six furrow combinations and has a headstock rating of 330hp.
Larger still is the 3400S, which can be chosen with five, six or seven furrows, with a maximum power rating of 350hp. This plough can also be used on-land or in-furrow.
All ploughs feature the company’s Variomat vari-width system, which can be specced as mechanical or hydraulic. With this system furrow widths can be altered between 300 and 550mm, with the front furrow width and line of pull being adjusted automatically.
Another feature borrowed from the 2500 is the clever system employed for transport.
Effectively, the plough can be towed in much the same way as a trailer, reducing dangerous tail swings and bouncing on the road.
The new semi-mounted variant comes in the form of the 6300S.
This has options of six to eight furrows, 100 or 115cm inter body clearance and Category 3 or 4 linkage. A new 440/80x24 wheel at the rear is also available, to spread the weight.
Other new features across the range include quicker centralised adjustment of skimmers, which simultaneously adjusts each side, and easy adjustment of the leaf spring auto-reset system, which is standard on all the ploughs and designated by the ‘S’ at the end of the monikers.
There is also a new plough body available, building on the principles of the popular No. 28 body.
The new No. 38 body is designed for use with tractor tyres up to 710mm in width. It shares the same body shape as the No. 28, but is able to plough down to 350mm, while also being able to deal with shallower depths.
AVAILABLE in the UK in Vicon colours, the group revealed its largest trailed sprayer to date.
Largely based on the previously launched T4 models, much of the iXtrack T6’s liquid management hardware and electronics are shared. However, the T6 now offers growers capacities from 5,200-7,600litres.
And like the T4, a choice of HSA aluminium or HSS heavy duty steel booms are available, in widths of 24-33m and 18-40m respectively.
The T6 frame is made on the same principal as the T4, riveted rather than welded, to allow for some flexibility, albeit with a good deal more steel to carry the extra weight. Track width can be changed from 1.8 to 2.25m.
It is fully IsoBus compatible as standard, which means plug and play with the firm’s IsoMatch terminals or any other AEF certified terminal. It can also be used in conjunction with the company’s IsoMatch Grip which features up to 44 functions over four levels.
Controlling boom height is the company’s Boom Guide systems, with up to five sensors able to be specified, to keep the booms parallel to the ground, even when folded for narrower working widths, says the manufacturer.
The sprayers come with section control across seven sections as standard, but this can be extended to 15 sections, or individual nozzle shut off.
A BRAND new cultivator was also previewed. The Kverneland Enduro range of cultivators have been designed for both shallow and deep cultivations, between five and 300mm, and down to 350mm if the Pro option is chosen.
At the moment there are just two working widths of three and 3.5m, but working widths up to five metres are to be released at a later date.
The two models have 10 and 12 legs respectively, arranged over three rows. Leg spacings are 270 and 285mm depending on model, with an under-beam clearance of 870mm.
Auto-reset Triflex tines have a break-back pressure of 700kg and sideways flex of 70mm, using a similar leaf spring setup to the company’s ploughs.
The hollow, heat-treated legs have a narrow profile and a specially designed angle for low draft requirement, but also work in different planes of the soil structure. The first area lifts the soil at a 33-degree angle while the shin part is set at 73-degrees for increased lifting and mixing.
Discs or tines at the rear level the soil before a wide range of packers consolidate the surface.
This is where the difference between the standard Enduro and the Pro version is seen.
The former is height adjusted on each of its elements via spacers, while the later uses a double parallelogram linkage and hydraulics to raise or lower the working depth, keeping tines, levelling and packing elements independent.
VICON took the opportunity to show its updated fixed chamber round baler, the Fixbale 500.
Designed for heavy silage conditions, as found in the UK and Ireland, it is being touted as a farmer or contractor machine. It will produce a 1.2m by 1.25m bale.
Subtle changes include adding an extra roller in the bottom of the chamber, taking the total count to 18, designed to better support the bale when it is being formed.
An extra knife has also been added, now totalling 15, giving a theoretical chop length of 70mm.
There is still the 25 knife option. Its intake has been improved, with the pick-up reel now measuring 2.3m wide, gaining 100mm on the previous model.
The pick-up has kept its five tine bars and cam track at both ends, said to better feed heavy crops, but the tines have been increased in length by 10mm and the gap between the stripper rings reduced for improved wet crop performance.
Beefier chains, sprockets and bearings have been added to increase driveline durability and tyres up to 550mm wide can be specified.
SLOTTING into the Vicon range between its lower-spec Extra 687 and the tech-loaded Extra 7100, the Extra 787 butterfly mowers uses the 700 series platform and includes the firm’s QuattroLink suspension concept.
This four-arm race-car-style suspension system is said to offer flexibility in adapting to demanding ground contours.
With the system fitted, the 3.2m mowing beds have a vertical working range of 400mm upwards and 300mm downwards and a pivot range of 30 degrees.
Total working width is 8.75m, and like all Vicon mowers, three blades are used on each of the discs, of which there are eight per bed.
Conditioning of the crop is taken care of with semi-swinging steel tines, and the conditioner plate can be adjusted at the front and rear to control the amount of processing.
Minimum power requirement is reckoned to be 180hp.