With its well-stocked machinery lines, there was plenty of new launches and developments for visitors to ponder over at the recent Royal Highland Show.
James Rickard reports...
Showing off what its Unlimited Studio is capable of, Valtra wowed the Royal Highland Show crowds with a pair of customised T Series tractors.
Sporting a suitably Scottish livery, one model – a T194 Versu – featured a metallic blue paint job with white stickers emblazoned across the bonnet to create the country’s famous Saltire flag. Metallic black rims, along with customised floor mats and seat cover, completed the striking look.
While still prominent with its eye catching Candy Orange panelwork, another customised T Series tractor demonstrated the more practical side of the firm’s Unlimited Studio, which in this case saw a demountable Jake logging crane fitted.
Further forestry features included the firm’s Sky View roof, reverse drive controls and protective roof bars.
Capable of more than just ‘pimping’ tractors, the firm says the studio now caters for a wide variety of industries including municipal, military and aerospace.
A major draw to have machines modified at the factory, rather than at the dealership, is the factory warranty coverage, it says. Last year alone, the studio modified 1,700 tractors.
As well as becoming the main distributor for Tong equipment in Scotland, Scanstone had plenty of developments on its stand, not least a new potato harvester and control unit.
A major new feature of the second generation Patriot RT1700 harvester is the use of a Dahlman roller/cleaning table.
This sees longitudinally mounted plain and spiral rollers combined with transverse mounted segmented rollers to offer a more effective cleaning action, says the firm. This is all fully adjustable, allowing the harvester to adapt to varying conditions.
At the rear, a two-man picking table option has been created to meet the needs of seed potato growers while, underneath, hydraulically driven wheel motors can be specified for extra traction.
For all its trailed machines, including the new harvester, Scanstone has developed in-house a new controller, complete with the firm’s own software.
As well as improved machine operation, it also means any software updates can easily be added via USB stick and it will be able to offer IsoBus control from 2020. The latter will allow a tractor’s terminal to control machines.
Features of the new touch-screen control box include the ability to proportionally control steering, soft start for all hydraulic motors, and the inclusion of a programmable headland management system.
Improving the placement of fertiliser on its trailed cultivator Sky Maxi Drills, Opico showed an updated version at the event.
Previously, fertiliser was placed either in rows or broadcast along with the disc cultivating element of the drill. Now, it can be placed in one of three main positions behind the single disc seed coulters. By altering the angle of the fertiliser placement tube, fertiliser can be positioned with the seed, at half the depth of the seed, or on the surface.
Bolt adjustment allows any one of these three positions or part of these positions to be achieved, and seed and fertiliser is still metered and piped separately.
What is also possible is the ability to switch roles between the seed and fertiliser tubes, allowing rape, for example, to be established shallower than the fertiliser.
In addition, cast sealed bearings are now used throughout the coulter and cultivating discs.
Updated drills are available now, with cultivator versions available up to six metres and drill only machines up to 9m.
Creating a buzz on the Kverneland stand was the preview of an all-electric powered self-propelled diet feeder.
Already fully available throughout Europe and beyond, with more than 60 sold since the beginning of the year, the manufacturer used the Royal Highland Show to gauge UK interest.
Claimed benefits of the Siloking eTruck 1408 are cheaper running costs, easier maintenance, zero emissions, no noise and its simplicity of operation. The firm says the eTruck uses less than 3kW per tonne to mix and feed.
The machine can manage five to six mixes on one charge, making it capable of looking after up to about 1,000 cows per day on two charges. A ‘quick’ charge takes five hours, says the manufacturer.
The machine is available in three models from 8-14cu.m and comprises Siloking’s tried and tested vertical auger tub design, mated to a tricycle chassis layout which sees a single wheel for steering positioned at the back. This allows it to turn within its own length, says KV. Feed can also be discharged to the left or right.
For now, the machine requires an operator, however, the manufacturer says it is quite conceivable the eTruck could be adapted to be driverless.
Road legal and equipped with battery charger, the eTruck retails at about £80,000.
Aiming to make bale transport easier and safer, Aberdenshire-based SIB Services has come up with an alternative to the standard flat bale trailer.
Winner of the show’s Silver Technical Innovation Award, it features hydraulic lifting sides, negating the need for ropes or straps to secure the load. This also means no personnel need to be on or around the load when securing.
The sides lift and lower via a parallelogram linkage, allowing the trailer to be loaded when in the lower position, and loads to be secured when in the raised position. Hydraulic vertical side extensions can also be specified, allowing taller loads to be catered for.
This allows three layers of 1.2-metre diameter round bales to be safely transported, when loaded on their sides.
The trailer is available in sizes from 7.3-10.4m (24-34 feet) long, requiring two, double-acting spools to operate, one for each hydraulically lifting side.
Among a trio of new tractors on the Landini stand included the firm’s new 6H model.
The 6H is effectively an additional model to Landini’s tractor range, which gets the cab from the 5H combined with the transmission of the larger 6C. Mated to a 3.6-litre Deutz engine, the result is compact, yet relatively powerful for its size.
Three models of the 6H are available with power levels of 110, 119 and 126hp. Featuring Argo’s own 36 by 12 transmission, it gets three ranges, four gears in each range, and three splits in each gear.
Rear linkage affords a six-tonne lift capacity and a four-speed pto can be specified. A dedicated 62 litres per minute pump looks after hydraulics, while a 32 litres/minute unit takes care of steering.
Other features include a Dromone pick up hitch and brakes in the hubs of the front axle.
Launched at the last Agritechnica event, Schaffer’s new T9640 pivot steer telescopic handler made its Royal Highland Show debut.
Slotting in just under the firm’s flagship model, the T9640 boasts a lift capacity of 4,200kg (straight turn tipping load of 5,350kg) and a lift height of 5.4 metres. Depending on ballast, operating weight ranges from 8.4-9.7 tonnes.
Power comes from a 136hp, four-cylinder Deutz engine, which is married to a 40kph, two-range hydrostatic transmission.
An optional independent control over forward speed and engine rpm can be specified, ideal for bedding machines and feeder buckets, says the manufacturer.
In-cab, primary controls are integrated into the right-hand armrest which also moves with the seat.
And a new cab layout sees a machine status display added to the right-hand B-pillar. This can be used to monitor a wide range of information including fuel use, air intake pressure, engine oil pressure, throttle position, various temperatures, torque levels and AdBlue levels, to name a few.
Extending its flail mower offering, Weaving launched a new, fully offset mounted model.
Said to offer a more even cut, due to not mowing runover material, the Agrimaster Blade N260 affords a 2.6 metre working width, with its belt-driven rotor equipped with triple-piece, Y-shape blades. These provide an aggressive cutting and mulching action, says the manufacturer.
Positioned to the right of the tractor when in work, it hydraulically swings to the rear for transport and gets a break back feature for safety. It is also suggested there may be a left-hand version in the pipeline for mowing road verges.
Working height is altered by bolt-adjustable skids.
Available now, it retails at £5,800.
Following customer feedback, Dieci has made several updates to its T60 Agri Pivot wheeled loader.
Under a new reinforced bonnet, now assisted by gas struts to open, the machine gets a 75hp Yanmar engine. This replaces the Kubota power unit, with the new engine favoured for its compact design and high power density. Stage 4 emissions are met without the use of diesel exhaust fluid (AdBlue).
It also means Dieci has fewer engine suppliers to deal with, simplifying build, parts and servicing, it says.
Featuring a stronger design, the boom has been uprated and now features greater head rotation offering 144 degrees of travel.
Wider tyres can also be fitted, up to 420mm, with its previous overall machine width of two metres still retained.
Inside, a new steering wheel, steering column, side console and seat afford a better working environment for the operator.