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EIMA 2018: Smaller tractors steal Italian machinery show

The estimated 300,000 visitors that trawled the halls at the Bologna Fairgrounds were rewarded with a feast of new machines at this year’s edition of the Italian EIMA show. Steven Vale reports.

Anniversary Fiat models

 

The retro Fiat ‘Centenario’ concept (pictured above) was the centre of attention on the New Holland stand.

 

And while this one-off commemorative model is not for sale, punters keen to get their hands on one of the company’s tractors finished with the same terracotta livery (pictured below) will have to be quick, because only 100 special-edition versions of New Holland’s standard tractors will be made.

 

These include a T5.115 and a T5.120 Electro Command, which we understand will both be roughly 5 per cent more expensive than the standard model; each one will be individually numbered.

Big plans at Argo

Big plans at Argo

Argo Tractors, parent company to McCormick and Landini, used the Italian show to announce ambitious goals to increase its dealer network and expand its product range at both the lower and higher end of the power scale.

 

Part of the plan to double today’s €500 million turnover to €1 billion within the next five years, is the introduction of a raft of new products. ‘We need more powerful tractors’ is the message from top management, which could come in the form of more grunt from the new McCormick X8 Series.

 

Meanwhile, the X7 Series is an important tractor and one the company will continue to develop, and in addition to the next generation continuously variable transmission (CVT), the company says it is also developing another new transmission in the same power segment.

 

A CVT for a fruit tractor is also in the pipeline, and we are also told to expect increased differentiation between Landini and McCormick tractors in the future.

New Holland T5 CVT

New Holland T5 CVT

There is a lot of familiar technology inside New Holland’s new T5 AutoCommand range (CVT from the T6), which is the firm’s first Stage V tractor.

 

The major focus in developing the new range was on keeping it compact for livestock farms, and the entire engine after treatment technology is neatly packaged under the engine hood, which results in good operator visibility, says the manufacturer.

 

There are four AutoCommand models; T5.110, T5.120, T5.130 and T5.140. Availability is from Q1/Q2 2019.

Carraro hybrid

Carraro hybrid

Carraro was gauging interest in its Ibrido hybrid prototype, which marries a 75hp, 2.2-litre, four-cylinder, Deutz engine with a 30hp (25kW) electric motor.

 

Operators can select from one of three operating modes; just the diesel engine, just electric motor (the battery providing enough power for 40-50 minutes of normal operation) or both with a maximum combined output of 105hp.

 

The tractor is ready, is the message, but Carraro has no idea when it will go on sale. This depends on how long it takes to put it through the European homologation process.

Smaller Dieci telehandler

Smaller Dieci telehandler

On display in pre-production form (production due to start in April 2019), the Mini Agri 20.4 is the smallest telehandler so far from Italian manufacturer Dieci.

 

The first of a new small range of telehandlers, this first one was developed new from the ground up. The 50hp Stage V engine (three-cylinder, 1.8-litre) comes from Kubota, and the company’s smallest telehandler, which is just 1.55m-wide by 1.91m-tall, lifts two tonnes to four metres.

Turkish delight

Turkish delight

Turkish tractor maker Basak is keen to seek British dealers to sell its new range of 5000 Series tractors.

 

The concept of the 5120, the 125hp flagship in a new four-model range (starting at 95hp) on the company’s EIMA stand is easily the most stylish tractor so far from the company. All four are powered by Deutz Stage IV engines and the transmission is a ZF 24 by 24 with powershuttle.

 

The plan is to add the new range to the price list at SIMA next year.

Arbos flagship nears completion

Arbos flagship nears completion

Arbos showed the nearly finished flagship of a three-model range of 7000 Series tractors.

 

Main changes to the prototype seen at a number of European shows over the past couple of years include the mechanically suspended cab and the new operating console.

 

The three models – 7220, 7240 and 7260 (280hp with power boost) are all fitted with a FPT Stage V six-pot block.

 

The company plans to build 20-25 pre-production models next year ahead of a final launch and full-scale availability at Agritechnica.

Celli Bio Tiller

Celli Bio Tiller

An increasing number of European farmers are looking to mix and incorporate crop residues in the top 5-10cm, evident by the flurry of new similar looking machines at EIMA.

 

Celli reckons to have been the first with the Tiger Bio rotary tiller, which relies on a series of L-shaped blades on a full width rotor. Rotating at 320rpm, the Tiger Bio is available in working widths up to 6m.

 

Prices start from about €14,000 for the T190, which incidentally refers to the maximum power rating. The working width of the T190 is 1.95m.

Bargam sprayer

Bargam sprayer

Available with tank capacities of 2,500, 3,500, 4,500 and 5,500 litres, main features of Bargam’s new Spraymax trailed sprayers include the single beam chassis, which provides space for the wheels to turn through 30 degrees.

 

The in-house made aluminium boom is also worth a mention and not just for its light weight, as the telescopic version slides in and out in increments of a metre from 14 to 30m.

 

Available with a rear axle suspension option, production of the new range is due to start towards the middle of next year.

Front mounted triple mower

Front mounted triple mower

Flagged up as a good mower for hilly terrain, the Combi 500 GM front-mounted triple mower made by Italian-firm Bellon has a working width of five metres.

 

Also suitable for operating with reverse drive tractors, each of the three mowers has either five discs or two drums.

 

Requiring a tractor of about 150hp, the 1.8t mower, which is sold mainly in Italy, costs about €28,000.

 

The company also makes a more traditional triple butterfly mower with a working width of about eight metres.

New baby Warrior

New baby Warrior

Pictures have been floating around on the internet for a few months, but EIMA was the official launch of Scaip’s new Warrior 150hp STX- 150 steel tracked tractor.

 

The new 150 in the seven-model range, like the other versions, takes its power from a four-pot Stage IV Volvo engine. Providing there is enough interest then the company says it might even make a 130hp STX-130. For now the STX 150 costs around €170,000.

 

It was not at the show, but the STX-180 is also new, as is the 16.5t and 430hp STX-430, the first model of which is currently being built.

Repossi Ra rake

Repossi Ra rake

Developed by Italian firm Repossi, the Ra Rake is a patented double-wheel arrangement that prevents soil and stones from being raked up with grass, claims the manufacturer.

 

Developed jointly with an Italian university, the tines on the rear wheel are the drive ones, while the tines on the front wheels, which do not touch the ground, gather only material.

 

In production sometime towards the middle of next year, there is talk of a 12m version in the future. The initial attention, though, is on two working widths; 7.5 and 9m.

 

Power requirement for both is a claimed to be as low as 40hp. Prices have not yet been released.

Same crab steer

Same crab steer

The CVT is not the only new feature on the Same Frutteto 115, which also features a system that not only reduces the turning radius but also allows the tractor to operate in crab steer mode.

 

Called ActiveSteer, the four wheel steering system it will not be available until 2020, but the CVT tractor will be in the UK in the spring.

New X6 suspended front axle

New X6 suspended front axle

Argo front suspension is the name of a new suspended front axle for McCormick’s X6 3.6-litre Deutz-powered X6.35 (110hp), X6.45 (119hp) and X6.55 (126hp).

 

The new version, which is described as a being better suited for a stockman’s tractor, will be on display at Lamma 2019.

 

The firm’s fully independent front axle suspension, which is for farms spending a lot of time on the road, continues to be available on the larger FPT-powered X6.4 models (X6.420/X6.430 and X6.440).

New front mounted mower

New front mounted mower

The Italian BCS Group is better known as a manufacturer of BCS, Ferrari and Pasquali brands of fruit and orchard tractors. It is less well known that the company also make mowers for standard farm tractors and at EIMA showed a new front mounted one.

 

Called the Neva R8 (eight discs) the three metre version, which comes with a floating headstock, has a minimum power requirement of around 120hp. The Neva can be used with one of the company’s rear mounted Rotex mowers to increase the cutting width to nearly six metres.

Made in India

Made in India

Indian combine harvester maker Kartar Agro Industries showed its first tractors in Bologna.

 

Made on a newly-built production line, the portfolio currently lists eight, three or four-pot Deutz Stage II powered Globetrac models from 40 to 100hp.

 

The company is planning to add a Stage IV/V engine and a cab for European versions. Kartar Tractors hopes to be able to show the new Euro homologated versions (top model probably 120hp) at Agritechnica and longer term there is a hint of a 150hp model.

 

The company has ambitious goals to make around 10,000 tractors a year in five years time.

Electric mixer wagon

Electric mixer wagon

Supertino brought the latest version of its electrically-powered Electra self-propelled mixer wagon prototype to EIMA.

 

Called the Electra 2, the 150kW (200hp) electric motor currently provides two hours of running time (three hours to recharge) with the 21cu.m capacity model.

 

The plan is to launch the commercial version at SIMA, and there will be six models from 12 to 23cu.m.

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