Mobility is always a big factor for farms, and LAMMA had a plenty of vehicles on show to spark the imagination.
Polaris has added a two-seater version of the Sportsman 570, but retaining the useful 180kg capacity tilt box from the ‘Ute’ and with front storage as standard.
The back rest for the rear seat folds away inside the box when not in use. The 570cc 44hp quad is available in MD off -road or factory homologated versions, and specification includes power steering, active descent control and engine braking. A ‘turf mode’ unlocks the rear diff for improved road travel.
In common with all new Polaris vehicles the Sportsman X2 is CESAR Datatag security protected.
AMIA has been appointed as the European distributor for Wild Hare ATV implement systems, including a front end loader and cat 0 three-point linkage.
Suitable for quads from 400cc upwards, the loader uses a cantilever design to reduce lifting effort and is fitted to the vehicle via a chassis bracket. Powered via an electric over hydraulic system, lift/lower is operated using a lever on the handlebars and dump/crowd via levers on a control panel on the rear rack which also lifts and lowers the linkage.
Lift capacity is 250kg to a height of 1.51m. Wild Hare also offers a range of implements for the three-point linkage including box blades, snow blades, cultivators etc, and the system is priced at £4,500.
New Zealand manufacturer Ubco showcased its electrically powered 2x2 off-road bike at the show.
Powered by a removable 12v 40amp-hour lithium-ion battery, the 2x2 has a maximum travel distance of 100k. Drive is provided by 1Kw brushless motors in the front and rear wheels, meaning no maintenance requiring drive mechanisms are used.
Weighing in at 58kg, the high-grade aluminium frame is fitted with 17 mounting points to bolt accessories onto, with the firm claiming a maximum payload, including rider, in excess of 200kg.
Operating the 2x2 is similar to any other off-road bike, a rev-and-go throttle takes you from 0-52kph, while front and rear disc brakes should bring you back to a standstill.
While the firm is still working on making the 2x2 road-legal, the current off-road only model retails at £3,995+vat.
Agricultural Supply Services is importing the Rapid Plate Meter, designed to make grass yield measurement quicker and more efficient.
Rather than walking round the field taking measurements with a traditional plate meter and recording the data manually, operators use a quad mounted skid unit and measuring wheel. The depth of the sward is translated into a grass yield which is transmitted via Bluetooth to a mobile phone App and exported to pasture management software to aid decisions on grazing, feeding and ensiling.
An upgrade allows geo-location via the phone and automatic paddock recognition.
As well as increasing workrates, the Rapid Plate Meter is said to make measurements more accurate since more readings are taken per hectare. The price is £2,650.
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