With several new tractor and loader launches gracing the event, including a brand new tractor name to the market, visitors were spoilt for choice at SIMA 2019.
James Rickard and Alex Heath report...
Slotting neatly between is Luxxum and Maxxum tractor ranges, Case IH launched the new Versum tractor Series. Available only with a continuously variable transmission, Case is billing the tractors as high-spec compact machines – ideal for those wanting the technology of the larger Maxxum, in the compact package of the Luxxum.
Its transmission is based on that used in the Maxxum, and it also uses the same 4.5-litre FPT engine and cab. Four models will be available; the 100, 10, 120 and 130. As ever, the tractors do what they say on the tin in terms of power rating, and they also feature a 10hp power growth at peak power between 1,700 and 1,900rpm.
Stage 5-compliant, the firm’s engineers have managed to keep the emissions clean-up unit compact, and have managed to package it all under the bonnet, keeping sightlines around the tractor clear. A new front linkage has been designed for the tractor which is more integrated and features external controls for spools, linkage and pto. Rear linkage lift capacity is 5.6 tonnes, and hydraulic pump capacity is 110 litres/minute. Largest tyres which can be fitted to the rear extend to 600/65 R38s.
Various options include mechanical or electric remotes, headland management control, and the fitment of the firm’s AFS 700 touchscreen terminal. An engine brake can also be specified. Optum-derived family styling finishes off the tractor which will be available from this April.
Featuring more than a few recognisable components, a new name on the tractor scene was launched at SIMA.
Designed and built in France, the new Mancel brand is part of the Chinese-owned YTO group. Said to use mainly components made in Europe, the tractors are built in what was McCormick’s old transmission plant in St Dizier – prior to this, Case IH owned it. As a result, the transmissions used in the new tractors are effectively direct decedents of what was used in McCormick MTXs and Case IH MX Maxxums. This is made up of a 16 by 16 semi-powershift transmission.
Engines are sourced from FPT, using its 4.5-litre, four-cylinder, Stage 5 unit, and the cab bears a more than strong resemblance to a Massey Ferguson frame.
Four models have been created initially, ranging from 110-145hp, with more models to come. Mansel cites the tractors as simple to operate and maintain, ideal for mixed farming operations.
As for availability, the firm is currently looking for dealers across Europe.
Designed to tread lightly in challenging conditions, French firm Hubertrack showed its HH Track 100 twin track tool carrier.
Powered by a 100hp, 3.6-litre, four-cylinder Deutz engine, the machine is capable of handling a variety of implements, carried on its flat deck, or via a clever, sliding three-point linkage which allows an implement to be attached at ground level, then raised onto the deck. This would suit a fertiliser spreader or granular applicator, for example, particularly if ground conditions are wet.
Power is transferred to the tracks via a hydrostatic transmission. Its 550mm-wide tracks offer a ground pressure of just 150 grams per cm.sq.
All primary functions are joystick controlled, and various options can be specified such as front linkage and pto and pressurised cab.
Massey Ferguson launched a new model in its 7700S range of tractors. The 7719S tops the range in its short wheelbase guise.
Featuring the same 6.6-litre Agco Power engine, it produces 190hp as standard, rising to 220hp with boost. All tractors using this engine are now Stage 5 emissions compliant, and get a five horsepower increase. Exhaust gases are treated with the company’s all-in-one system, using diesel oxidation catalysts, selective catalytic reduction and a soot catalyst.
The new tractor comes with the company’s Dyna-VT continuously variable transmission as standard.
While updating its T6 series to meet Stage 5 emissions regulations, New Holland took the opportunity to add to its six-cylinder T6 offering and introduce more transmission choice for existing models.
The new model, the T6.160 uses a FPT 6.7-litre block, with a rated power of 135hp, boosting up to 165hp. It is only available with the Electro Command transmission. NH says that demand for a tractor with increased torque and engine breaking for haulage duties prompted its creation, with the six-cylinder having 50 per cent better engine braking than a comparable four-cylinder.
The largest six-cylinder model, the T6.180, is now available with the manufacturer’s full transmission range, adding the 24 by 24-speed powershift Dynamic Command and the continuously variable transmission Auto Command to its options list.
Replacing the old NX range, Kioti showed its new DK 6010 tractor. Available with or without cab, the 60hp tractor can either be equipped with a three-range, twin pedal-controlled hydrostatic transmission, or a 16 by 16-speed mechanical gearbox with shuttle.
Hydro machines also feature a ‘link pedal’ feature which automatically regulates the throttle when using the foot pedals to control forward speed. At the rear, a new rear linkage for the cabbed versions offers up to 1,760kg of lift capacity, and two double-acting spools are fitted as standard.
More models may be added to the range in the future, with a hydro version of the DK6010 with cab retailing at about £33,500.
Following in the footsteps of fellow Turkish company ArmaTrac, Basak is on a mission to establish itself throughout Europe with its range of tractors.
Featuring close to 20 models in its line-up, the latest development is the rather stylish 5120 tractor. Taking centre stage on its SIMA stand, the tractor is equipped with a 116hp, 3.6-litre, four-cylinder Deutz engine. This is married to a 32 by 32-speed gearbox, featuring four-speed powershift and power shuttle.
Rear linkage lift capacity is 5.5 tonnes with electronic control, and up to five double-acting spools can be specified. External rear linkage controls and air brakes are standard.
A three-speed pto offers 540, 540E and 1,000rpm. And a 1,000rpm front pto can be specified. Standard rear tyre fitment is 429/85 R38.
According to Merlo, its MultiFarmer concept is proving popular on the continent, prompting the company to launch the 34.9 MultiFarmer model.
Capable of lifting 3.4 tonnes to 8.9 metres, via three boom sections, it also has a three point linkage at the rear, rated to 3,000kg. The company says it is the only manufacturer to mount the engine transversely, reducing power loss the pto as it is comes directly off the engine, which is a 3.6-litre Deutz unit producing 136hp.
Transmission is the company’s hydrostatic CVTronic, capable of 40kph.
Seen for one of the first times was New Holland’s TH telehander, now in yellow livery.
The range is made up of six models with four specification levels. The basic S-spec is available on the company’s 3.2 tonne lift capacity machines and has a gear type hydraulic pump. Classic and Plus specifications are available on most of the range, differentiated by the transmission, which are a four by three and six by three powershift respectively.
The range topping Elite spec level, as seen on the TH7.42 at the show, is also available on the TH7.37, which both lift to seven metres. These are also given a power boost to 146hp, rather than 133hp which the rest of the range has. All machines in the range use an FPT 4.5-litre engine.
Bobcat used SIMA to show off its new range topping farm-specification telehandler. The TL43.80HF Agri is capable of lifting 4,300kg to 7.5 metres.
Using Bobcat’s own 3.4-litre engine, it produces 130hp and is coupled to a 40kph hydrostatic transmission. The loader uses the company’s High Flow hydraulic system, which dishes out 190l/min from the load sensing pump, with up to 150l/min diverted for use with auxiliary attachments.
Heavy duty Dana-Spicer axles are used to support the 8,040kg machine. This particular loader had a striking tricolour design across its bonnet.
Manitou has expanded its range of articulated loaders, using a number of sister company Gehl’s machines.
Among the new models is the MLA6-65H-Z, which uses a 65hp, 3.3-litre Yanmar engine. Maximum lift height to the hinge pin is 3.13 metres, while straight tipping load is 2.9 tonnes with ROPS frame, or 150kg more if a full cab is fitted.
Width of the machine is 1.65 metres, making it ideal for livestock farms, the company says, while a telescopic version will be available soon.
Designed to be versatile and multipurpose, the Tre Emme MM160 MC can be fitted with a number of different attachment points.
Part of the Merlo Group, Tre Emme says the tool carrier can have as many as four different attachment points, including front and rear linkages, a side mounted linkage and a front loader attachment. Aimed at contractors and municipal works, the machine increases operator comfort and convenience, especially for tasks such as hedge cutting, says the company.
It is powered by a 156hp Deutz engine, has a suspended cab and 40kph road speed. A 150l/min variable displacement pump supplies attachments with oil at 350bar. Hedge cutter attachments include 1.25m and 1.3m heads, with maximum reach of 8.5m, while the front linkage can lift three tonnes.