Those considering a stroll through the NEC’s halls at this year’s Lamma Show will be greeted with a raft of new kit and launches. To get a flavour of what to expect, Geoff Ashcroft previews some of the developments you can expect to see at the event on January 8 and 9.
Among Fendt’s growing line-up of kit, visitors will get a chance to see the black and grey liveried Ideal combine.
The flagship Ideal 9 model boasts a grain tank of up to 17,100 litres, peak power of 647hp and uses two separation rotors to fill its tank as quickly and cleanly as is possible.
A 9.15m folding auger handles grain transfer, and dealing with the aftermath is a 126-knife chopper and Active Spread tailboard system. Fendt says the spreading system offers a working width of up to 15.2m (50ft), meeting the requirements of its widest header, which measures 12.2m.
Zetor will use the Lamma Show as its UK launchpad for the new range-topping six-cylinder tractor, the Crystal 170HD.
Complementing the 150 and replacing the 160 model, this new version brings with it more specification, including an increased level of electronic control. This includes four double-acting spools with flow and timing control, with the 8.5t capacity rear linkage gaining electronic control of depth, drop rate, draft mix and upper lift limit.
Power comes from a Deutz 6.1-litre engine mated to Zetor’s own 30 by 30 transmission.
Landini’s 5 Series stockman tractors will make their first appearance at Lamma. The 5 Series comprises three models with power outputs from 99hp to 113hp, a choice of synchro or power shuttle transmissions with creep and economy PTO options, and mechanical or electronic operation of the 4,750kg rear linkage.
Offering some overlaps between the 69-107hp 4 Series and the newly-introduced 110-126hp 6-H Series, they sit on a 2.35m wheelbase and weigh 3,800kg.
Air conditioning, a multi-media entertainment system, an air suspension seat and a roof window are part of the standard specification.
Trioliet will reveal its Solomix 3, a three-auger trailed diet feeder available with capacities of 27, 30 and 34 cubic metres.
Described as a low-profile feeder for traditional barns, the range can be equipped with a variety of feed-out options including side doors, adjustable front conveyor belt or front chain conveyor.
Features include a reduction gearbox with cooling system and 22mm auger flights, and are said to require a 1,000rpm PTO input and a power requirement of 140-160hp.
He-Va’s Tip Rollers, available through Opico dealers, has the option of straw tines to encourage stale seedbed creation.
It uses two rows of finger tines that can scratch a fine surface tilth for consolidation by the following press rings. Mounted on a hydraulically operated toolbar ahead of the press rings, the two rows of 16mm diameter straw harrow tines can be lifted out of work for rolling, post-drilling.
The double straw tines are available as an option on 6.3m, 7.3m, 8.2m and 9.5m Tip Rolls, and the wider 12.3m and 15.3m Tip XL Rolls.
Abbey Machinery will be showing its latest VF2450 Plus diet feeder. Aimed at those looking to get more from their feeding system, the Plus model gains an auger that is 50 per cent thicker than standard models, a more robust gear box mounting, new style exit door claimed to empty quicker and more freely, and a new type of tubular top ring to enhance chopping performance of hay and straw in the tub.
Suffolk drill maker Claydon will take the wraps off its T6c – a compact design of 6m trailed drill.
Claydon says the T6c is over 20 per cent lighter than the T6 on which it is based, and also comes with reduced dimensions. Coupled to the tractor’s lower link arms, the T6c uses a floating seeding chassis to follow ground contours.
Its 3,500 litre hopper is carried on a separate frame supported by centrally mounted depth wheels. Its unladen seven tonne weight compares favourably to the nine tonne, 5,500 litre T6 model, and Claydon reckons the T6c provides the output of a 6m platform with the handling and manoeuvrability of a 4m unit.
Hi-Spec is pushing boundaries with bespoke builds – and a purpose-built customer-specific tanker will be on display at the show.
Based on the firm’s 18,000 litre (4,000 gallon) 4000 TD-S which brings a sprung drawbar, sprung axles and rear steering, the bespoke build features a high capacity 14,000 litre pump and side-mounted 200mm (eight inch) auto-fill arm, controlled from the tractor cab.
A Biomech 6.4m disc injector features 32 outlets, a flowmeter and slurry monitor, giving traceability with applications.
To match the customer’s tractor, the tanker will be finished in John Deere’s livery complete with yellow wheels.
Few could argue that Dutch slurry firm Vredo Dodewaard has put both feet in the big league, with what is described as the biggest self-propelled slurry machine on the market – the 687hp Deutz V8 powered, Vredo VT7028-3.
Already destined to join the fleet at Oxfordshire-based contractor RC Baker, this three-axle machine features a body swap system. It can carry a 32 cubic metre slurry tank or a Tebbe 35 tonne spreader body, with payload spread with the help of a tandem axle bogie with rear steering axle.
Spread-a-Bale will be extending its range of attachments at Lamma with the launch of its new Midi Lite – a self-loading straw spreader attachment for one-tonne capacity, compact loaders.
This side-mounted attachment is suitable for rectangular bales up to 500kgs and can spread material over a distance of 14m using its horizontal rotor. While the attachment is powered hydraulically, it features a chain drive from the motor to the rotor, offering a change in gear ratio and rotor speed, to compensate for low oil flow rates. It requires a maximum 55 litres/min flow rate to operate.
With the emphasis on producing a neater cut on three-year hedge growth using just one pass, Shelbourne Reynolds Engineering will take the wraps off its HC1600 – a heavy duty flail head.
Suitable for its HD700 and HD800 models, the 1.6m wide flail head uses a flail tube that is 25 per cent larger than previous models, and is mounted on 60mm bearings. This increased diameter is said to deliver a faster flail tip speed for the 30 T-flails or competition drop-forged flails that work against a shearbar.
The flail head’s nose can be fitted with an optional hydraulic control to open and close the front of the flail head according to material intake.
Slovenian machinery maker SIP returns to Lamma with several machines making their first appearance.
These include a 10m twin-rotor rake from the Star range and a new Airswath model offering a 5m working width. The firm will be celebrating 65 years of innovation in 2019, and its range currently comprises tedders from 4.5 to 15m, single, twin and four-rotor rakes from 3.5 to 12.5m, and mowers and mower conditioners from 2.2 to 15m – the latter being a four-gang unit used in combination with a front-mounted mower.
Kuhn Farm Machinery has recently added four new models to its range of Oceanis trailed sprayers, and the largest capacity 7,700-litre 7702 model will be on display.
Equipped with aluminium booms from 24 to 48 metres, the Oceanis range is IsoBus compatible and can be equipped with Kuhn’s Multispray system of electric nozzle selection. This affords in-cab nozzle selection, and automatic nozzle selection to suit forward speeds, to maximise the accuracy of variable rate applications, plus individual nozzle control to reduce overlapping.
A new closed transfer system chemical induction bowl is also available on the Oceanis range.
Ukrainian manufacturer Lozova Machinery is a first-time exhibitor at Lamma and it brings with it the Ducat-6 – a trailed, short disc harrow with hydraulic folding.
Its 6m working width can be condensed to 3m for transport, and the Ducat-6 combines two sets of discs, each with a spring tine levelling board and a cage-type packer roller. Interchangeable rear rollers can include toothed-type, pack ring, u-shaped press and rubber roller.
Sulky will exhibit its latest range of fertiliser spreaders equipped with its DC Eco#6 control kit.
Said to enable precision farming technology to be installed on two of the firm’s smaller DX30 spreaders, it offers six-section control and auto on/off capability. The Eco#6 control kit incorporates Sulky’s W-Vision console and Matrix 570 GPS lightbar guidance terminal. Spread widths are form 18-36m, and hopper capacities range from 900 to 2,700 litres with the DX30W and from 1,500-3,000 litres with the DX30+W.
Opico is using the event to reveal a redesigned version of its Sward-Lifter grassland subsoiler.
Said to feature a revised and strengthened frame, the machine’s disc opener is now mounted on a spring-loaded trailing arm, offering greater protection from damage.
The new 2019 version is also available with shearbolt or hydraulic auto-reset leg protection, and the range includes a 2.7m three-leg model, 3m five-leg model and a 4.5m hydraulic-folding, five-leg version.
Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) is using Lamma to introduce the Can-Am Outlander 6x6 450 T.
With a 38hp single cylinder Rotax engine, the six-wheel drive Outlander comes with a 750kg towing capacity, front and rear racks with cargo extenders, and LinQ accessory attachment points.
A continuously variable transmission delivers torque and traction on-demand, with downhill engine braking available too. Ensuring the machine can be steered when 6x6 is engaged, it uses a Visco-Lok front differential system which automatically transfers power from the slipping wheel to its neighbour.
Vredestein is extending its range of Traxion Versa and Endurion tyre ranges with two new tyre sizes to suit a wider range of machines.
The Traxion Versa, developed for backhoe loaders, telehandlers and compact wheeled loaders, is suited to soft surfaces with its curved traction cleat, and is now available in 340/80 R18 IND, and 400/70 R24 IND sizes.
Conversely, the Endurion series is aimed at harder surfaces, and offers a greater amount of ground contact with its footprint. A robust carcass is said to ensure radial and lateral stability.
Bridgestone is exhibiting its new VX-Tractor – a high traction tyre said to recognise the need that users have for a longer wear life on the road.
Its lug is longer and wider than previous versions, and offers a deeper tread. A re-engineered casing helps the tyre to perform at speed when carrying heavy loads at up to 2.4bar pressure. In-field working pressures as low as 0.6bar are also possible with the VX-Tractor, says the firm.
Spaldings will reveal a new range of Padagas powered sweepers and sweeper-collectors at Lamma.
Suitable for three-point linkage or loader mounting, and designed for cleaning tasks such as clearing mud and other debris from private and public roads, the models offer a variety of working widths and brush rotor diameters.
Sweeper options include 25-degrees of hydraulic angle adjustment to sweep to one side, while a powered side brush option is available for sweeping close to walls and kerbs.
Water tank options for dust suppression are available and all loader-mounted models are fitted with a floating linkage to ensure a constant bristle pressure is maintained to maximise efficiency.