Featuring graders, crushers, screeners and hedgecutters, Lamma 2019 had no shortage of inspiration when it came to farm maintenance machinery.
Aberdeen-based Murray Machinery has refined its linkage-mounted gravel road grader to include a tilting chassis, to make it easier to add complex cambers to aggregate-based road surfaces.
This MkII version uses adjustable leveling beams at the front and rear of the chassis – the front beam is used to cut high spots, while the rear beam’s trailing edge delivers a leveling effect.
Optional ripping tines can be fitted to the front beam for aggressive treatment of heavily compacted, uneven surfaces. The firm says that the MkII version allows gravel roads to be graded flat, to the left, right, or with a high central camber to afford run-off.
The MkII gravel road grader is available in 2.5m and 3m working widths, and is priced from £9,200.
Molson Group showed the Trommall 2500GTR mobile deck screener which can be used to process materials such as topsoil, woodchip and compost.
Designed to give a two product split, a top deck protects the sizing deck from damage as materials are tipped onto it. Products are delivered to the front of the unit via a conveyor to a heap or trailer.
A choice of interchangeable screens is available for different materials and power is supplied by a 22hp Yanmar engine. Available in deck mounted, wheeled – towable behind a 4x4 - or tracked formats, the screen comes with remote greasing and carries a two-year warranty.
The new HC1600 flail head for the Shelbourne Reynolds HD700 and HD800 hedge trimmers has been designed to meet the need to tackle three-year growth in a single pass.
Fitted via a quick-guide hitch system, it can be specified on new machines or retro-fitted to existing ones. With a 1.6m cutting width, the HC1600 incorporates a new 150mm-diameter rotor tube, 25 per cent bigger than the firm’s standard heads.
The rotor is shrouded by a three mm-thick steel hood with extra internal gussets and double-skinned nose which, optionally, can be hydraulically opened/closed, with rams fully incorporated into the side panels for protection. A hydraulic roller can also be specified as an option.
McConnel has updated its 75-series hedgecutter range. Designed as a heavy-duty machine, the 75-series spans models from 5.6m to 8m reach, and are available with the choice of one of three control systems – Motion, Evolution or Revolution.
Among the changes are the introduction of Domex steel in the construction process, a new oil tank design, improved oil cooling, and the availability of three- four- and five-point linkage mounting systems. Reach arms include straight, telescopic and variable forward reach.
Remote control, all-terrain mowing capability is met by McConnel’s all-new Robocut range, designed and built at the firm’s UK factory in Ludlow.
Comprising three models – RC28, RC56 and RC75 – the Robocut range can be equipped with Trimble GPS autosteer for increased productivity, improved safety and more efficient working. The firm said pass-to-pass accuracy is improved and overlap can be as little as 25mm.
The larger two models can be equipped with a variety of attachments including 1.3m, 1.6m and 1.9m flail heads, while the compact, petrol-powered RC28 carries a 1.1m rotary mulching deck beneath its under carriage to offer bi-directional cutting.
Launching a new flail topper was Teagle Machinery. Said to be experiencing a large demand for high output flail toppers, the latest model features long flails, generating a tip speed of 70m/s, 50 per cent greater than most other models on the market, it claims.
The body of the machine is twice as large as its predecessor, designed for bulky cover crops, brassica stalks, and scrub land, with the ability to chop through 80mm thick material, according to the company.
Rotor and rear roller diameter are both 194mm and the inner skin is constructed of 5mm Strenx steel. Available in 1.8m to three metre working widths, side shift is standard and prices start at £8,350.
Having won a gold award in the diversification category in the Lamma Innovation Awards, Irish firm Herbst launched its tractor towed Compac Screener at the show.
With its own 25hp Yanmar engine on board, the screener has an output of up to 200 tons per hour if put under the company’s Agri Crusher or nearer to 100 tonnes per hour if loaded with a 10 tonne excavator.
Three interchangeable screens and conveyors are used to grade different sizes of material, with the company suggesting the screener is ideal for recycling waste products on farm, such as crushed stone, concrete or topsoil.
No retail prices are yet available, but the company says it will be available for less than £40,000.
Demand for hedgecutters with greater reach has prompted Weaving Machinery to introduce a larger model at the top if its Agrimaster range.
Called the 650, the new model sits above the 550 and 600 models, and offers a 6.5m reach thanks to a one-metre telescopic arm.
In addition, the 650 carries a 1.5m flail head, it uses oil over oil controls, can be linkage mounted and the addition of an oil-cooler completes the specification of this £19,800 machine.