With the show ground at Ingliston basking in sunlight, manufacturers from far and wide showed their wares, tailored to the Scottish livestock and arable farmers. Alex Heath rounds up what was at the Royal Highland Show.
Yorkshire firm KRM is now importing a range of equipment form French firm Carre.
Chief among the new products on offer is the company’s Prairial grassland regenerator which the company says is the next advancement for those using a grass harrow, but requiring more intensive rejuvenation.
The leading component of the machine is a set of hydraulically adjustable blades which cut into the top of the sward to a depth of 60mm, alleviating surface compaction, and aerating the rooting zone. Knives are staggered over two rows, with four knives per metre.
A set of spring loaded levelling boards follows, spreading mole hills and dung across the width of the machine. At the rear are two rows of 8mm harrow tines for ripping out dead material. Pressure and working angle can be adjusted. Up top there is the option of a mechanically or radar metered electric or hydraulically driven air seeder.
Working widths available are three, 4.5 and six metres with prices starting at £8,375.
Basak, a Turkish manufacturer is now being imported into the UK. Seen for the first time on UK soil, AS Tractors, also responsible for the import of Armatrac, are bringing the manufacturers tractor and telehandlers in.
At present a range of non road homologated orchard and scrapper tractors are available, and one range of larger horsepower machines.
The range has three models with 95, 105 and the range topping 120hp found in the 5120. Similar to Armatrac a host of well known components are used, including the Deutz 3.6l engine. ZF axles are used and the transmission is from the same manufacturer. This is a four speed 32x32 powershift unit that as standard comes with an auto shifting feature.
Air and hydraulic brakes are standard and the rear linkage will lift 5.5 tonnes, courtesy of the Bosch hydraulic pump.
A range of telehandlers are also being imported, the most popular forecast to be the seven metre, four tonne capacity model. This runs a 3.6l Perkins engine producing 100hp with power going to a Bosch Rexroth hydrostat transmission.
Prices are yet to be confirmed but the tractor should be in the mid forty thousand pound region and the telehandler around £49,000.
Chinese manufacturer CF Moto, who also owns Quadzilla, has launched a brand new UTV with its own 1,000cc petrol V-twin engine. It develops 85hp with power going through its own CVT transmission.
As standard the UForce 1000 comes with a roof and three quarter length doors, however a full DFK cab is an option. Load capacity in the bed is 500kg while it is road homologated to tow 800kg, with electrics for trailer lights at the rear.
The company says standard spec is generous, with power steering, 14 inch alloys and a winch.
It also features independent rear suspension, and costs in the region of £10,000.
Having its UK launch at the show, the Vector Powerdrive Model 8 light weight tracked post driver utilises a tracked dump truck chassis. The load bed is removed before the company adds its own post knocker assembly. Customers can source their own new or used chassis and buy the post knocking kit or request the company to source it on their behalf.
Vital to the units operation is ensuring the dumper has a 180 degree turn table. The knocker then bolts on top. However the unit has also been designed to be towable by a pickup, with features to reduce its weight to around 2,700kg. This includes removing the 90mm rock spike and taking weight out of the hammer which can be as low as 130kg or weighted up to 330kg.
Its light foot print thanks to the track units allow it to get almost anywhere the company says, and it can be remotely driven with levers from the rear. Post storage on the side or front is standard and there is the option to add a wire tensioning system. Prices for the complete unit start at £22,000.
Updating its popular batwing topper, Spearhead has added a new model in the form of the MultiCut 470.
Built on the same principles as its 460 model, it features a flat underside eliminating the chance of material building up and sapping power. The cutting rotor on the new model now features its Star Cut blade system, using six fixed blades.
Two different blade types are alternated around the rotor, a straight blade that makes the first cut and the sweeped blade that is responsible for mulching. This new arrangement is said to give a fine, easy to incorporate mulch. Gearboxes have been uprated to handle 175hp each, and slip clutches have been moved to the front of the machine.
The 4.7m wide machine now has a smooth top to stop trash build up and retails from £22,000.
Northern Irish manufacturers NC Engineering were showing a product that has proved popular on the continent, but as of yet not been offered on the UK mainland. However, the company says sufficient demand has turned its hand to offer the eight, 12 and 15 tonne capacity Euro Dump models.
While not radically different, a number of safety features such as side crash rails, commercial axles with air and hydraulic brakes and Hardox body should stand customers in good stead when regulations change, the company says.
In a shift from its other dump trailers which use its magic door concept, a flap diverts soil away from the trailer, as the up and over tailgate opens. LED lights and two-pack paint are standard as are the 560mm flotation tyres as seen on this 15 tonne model. Prices start at £16,000.
For those contract shepherds or farms handling a good number of sheep, Clipex’s range of handling devices could prove useful. Electrically operated a range of husbandry tasks can be carried out, including pregnancy scanning, crutching and drenching. Sensors above the unit trigger the catching mechanism, before the animal can be flipped over.
Tru-Test and Gallagher units are available for weighing and EID requirements, which can be used to automatically draft one of three or five ways. It is available as a static or towed unit, and a range of gate and hurdles from the manufacture are compatible.
Designed for tidying up unruly trees around field edges, the M.Large LMS440 is ideally suited to excavators over 12 tonnes. The manufacturer says many large farms and contractors use excavators and see this as the tool to keep spouts and cabs free of tree branch damage.
Capable of pruning branches up to 440mm in diameter it weighs in at 1,150kg. The two shearing components are forged from 25mm Hardox and have a pair of rams exerting 26 tonnes of pressure each side.
The unit can tilt 55 degrees left and right, enabling it to grip the branches before it cuts them and place them precisely in a pile. The unit costs £9,500.
With the aim of making thieves lives as tough as possible the new Suip protector now carries a Sold Secure diamond certification. Getting its UK mainland launch, it features two locks with specially coded keys and high tensile bolts.
Bolted to the floor, the quad bike or UTV is driven into the cradle which rotates 90 degrees. A lock stops the cradle from being pulled back and features an 8mm stainless steel plate in front of the bolt, in case the criminals tried drilling through the 6mm mild steel to knock the bolt back. The locks feature anti drill barrels and a heavy duty construction.
A plate and a spring loaded bar is then pushed into the hub of the wheel and locked, making it totally immovable. Farm vehicles with wheels up to 350mm wide are compatible, with the company actively talking to insurance company’s about premium reductions if the system is used. It costs £650 and comes with ground attaching fixtures.
Launched in the northern portion of the UK for the first time was Corvus, a Spanish company focused solely on diesel UTVs. With experience in the company from ex-employees from some of the leading UTV manufacturers, a blank sheet approach was taken to its design.
Using a 996cc Yanmar engine, 24hp is developed, with drive coming through a CVT. Three spec levels are available, however the UTV was designed to have a cab fitted from its inception. Nice to have features include plenty of leg room, waterproof storage underneath the seats and a pair of storage bins in front of the rear wheels. Power steering is standard as is a heater on cab models.
Air inlets are placed at the top of the cab, and the 450kg rated load bed can fit a full sized pallet into it. With tractor homologation as standard and a 65kph top speed, it is priced from £13,800, but nearer £17,500 with a cab.
Cast, an Italian compact loader company is now being offered in the UK, by importers Spectrum Plant. The loader on show was the flagship model of its 30 series. This particular model the 33TLX shares the same lifting credentials as the rest of the range, 950kg to 2,945 mm, but features a 30hp Kubota engine.
It also has a hydraulic capacity of 50l/min. The company says its role is similar to many of the other mini tool carriers, such as those from Multi-One or Avant, but is differentiated by its steel body work, said to be far more robust. It come with LED work lights and self-levelling head stock as standard, and weighs in at 1,300kg.
Made to be paired with the company’s Express 4KR four metre power harrow combi drill, Horsch can now offer a split front tank, in the form of its Partner 2000 FT.
This 2,200 litre tank is split to carry both seed and fertiliser in a 60:40 configuration. The IsoBus compatible unit features two metering units for each of the constituents, and half width shutoff.
The tank is pressurised to reduce fertiliser dust being sucked into the engine and rides on a steering packer assembly.
The smallest rake offered by Irish manufacturer McHale has been revamped to offer more strength and easier operation. The R62-72 features individual rotor lift and as before hydraulic width adjustment.
Walterscheid pto assemblies are used, as are uprated gear boxes. On the rotors themselves, 11 arms are employed to move the grass, which are now detachable. Four sets of double tines are now straighter than before, with tine savers added to the end of each of the rotor arms.
Cam adjustment and rotor height are both adjusted manually. The front bogie wheels pivot, but can be locked to stop drifting on slopes. At the rear, 350mm tyres are used. It is priced at £15,500.
Keeping on top of animal rations could become a lot easier with a new system to manage the ingredients added to a mixer wagon. The system uses a ‘gateway’ computer attached to the mixer with the cables leading to the standard scale screen rerouted to the Cow Connect unit.
Connecting to a phone or tablet via Wifi, real time data is sent, enabling precise volumes of material to be added. The major benefit of the system is the user interface which is intuitive to use, and easy to adjust rations, dispensing rates, animal numbers and other management decisions. It can also link up to some herd management software programmes, with plans to add more.
The main unit costs £1,775 (1,995EUR) with a tablet if needed costing £620 (700EUR) which includes heavy duty mounting fixtures. Different levels of support and functionality of the app can be chosen, some of which incur a start-up fee. Monthly service cost for the app is between £35 and £75. Some manufacturers are now offering the system ex factory, and all makes can are able to have it retrofitted.