LAMMA Show never fails to impress when it comes to tractor launches, with a wide variety of tractor sizes making their debut at the 2017 show.
Representing the largest tractors it has ever produced, McCormick showed its new, three-model X8 series.
Comprising the X8.660, X8.670 and X8.680, the series ranges from 264hp to 310hp (max. rated). Grunt is supplied by FPT, with engines built to McCormick’s specifications, called Beta Power. Carrying no structural stresses, engines are mounted in a half chassis design derived from the old ZTX series.
Bolted to the back of the chassis is a continuously variable transmission from ZF, offering speeds from 0-40kph (economy version), or 0-50kph.
At the rear, it is capable of lifting 12,000kg and features a three speed pto. Hydraulic performance is 157l/min as standard or 212l/min optional.
Austrian specialist tractor manufacturer Lindner was showcasing its products for the first time in the UK.
Three product ranges are offered by the firm; the Geotrac tractor with power ratings of up to 144hp, the four-wheel steering Unitrac implement carrier with a rear load deck capable of carrying up to five tonnes, and its slightly unconventional, four-wheel steering Lintrac tractor.
The Lintrac differs from a conventional tractor as it uses a steering rear axle, which can rotate up to 20 degrees, reducing its turning circle to seven metres.
With over 70 years’ experience in the European market, the firm is trying to establish UK dealers to sell its range of products.
Taking on the mantel as Case IH’s high-spec compact tractor offering, the manufacturer has renamed its Farmall U Pro, upped the spec and come up with the Luxxum Series.
Three models make up the range; the 100, 110 and 120, with power ratings of 99, 107, 117hp respectively.
Key updates include a new armrest controller, automised transmission, a new front axle suspension option and cleaner engines.
The armrest features a new ‘fixed’ lever which takes care of all primary tractor functions. Adjacent to this is a new electric joystick which can be used to operate a loader, the front hydraulic services or the rear services.
Developments to the transmission includes two automatic modes; field mode allows the powershifts to change automatically within the range, while road mode also includes automatic changing of the four ranges.
Reesink Turfcare showcased its latest range of South-Korean built, TYM tractors on its stand at the show.
Several models are available, with power outputs ranging from 23hp-100hp. The largest T1003 model features a 4.4-litre, four-cylinder Perkins engine which is coupled to a 32-speed, power shift gearbox and offers a top speed of 40kph. At the rear, the Cat II rear linkage offers a 3.1 tonne lift capacity.
All models feature power-assisted steering and selectable four-wheel drive. Both folding roll over protection and cabbed models are available; cabbed models get further options of heaters and air-conditioning.
The firm also offers a range of eight loaders to match its various tractor models.
While power has been upped on John Deere’s 8R Series, now topping out at 400hp (rated), and heavy revisions made to its 5R Series, the main talking point surrounded the two larger 6R models.
Extending the 6R range are the 6230R and 6250R, with rated power levels of 230hp and 250hp respectively. A boost function sees the 6250R pump out 300hp, giving it a claimed power to weight ratio of 31kg per hp.
A stand out features of the new models is the new CommandPro joystick control concept. Available as an option, it offers control of both drive and a multitude of tractor and implement functions. It incorporates no less than 11 buttons and rocker switches which can be assigned any tractor function including front and rear linkages, ptos, spool valves, headland management, auto-guidance and IsoBus functions.
A completely new transmission, front suspension design and a new integrated front linkage are just a few areas where Deutz Fahr has been busy developing its six-cylinder, 6 Series tractors.
Comprising six main models spanning 156hp to 212hp, the series gains three extra models to cater for the diverse nature of customer base in this power bracket.
It is the transmission department which sees the lion’s share of change. The 6 Series can now be specified with a brand new, five range, six-speed powershift transmission, offering 30 forwards gears and 15 reverse.
Two specification levels of the transmission are available including the new RC Shift option which uses a joystick to change gear and allows full automation of the transmission. As before, Deutz’s TTV continuously variable transmission is still available.
Alongside its orange-liveried Kverneland Group implements, Kubota showed its new M5 Series tractor range.
Featuring big brother M7 styling, the two new models get Kubota’s own 3.7-litre, four-cylinder engines, which produce 95hp in the M5091, and 113hp in the larger M5111. To meet Stage 4 engine emission regulations, all the acronyms in the book have been used including SCR, EGR, a DPF and a DOC.
A new 180mm wider cab is now featured, as is a left-hand electro-hydraulic power shuttle and 40kph gearbox. At the rear, lift geometries have been revised, increasing the Cat II linkage’s maximum lift capacity to 4.1 tonne.
Prices start from £40,175 and £42,550 for the M5091 and M5111 respectively.
Extending its range of Major tractors, currently offering 61hp and 76hp models with predominantly mechanical controls, Zetor has added a higher-spec version.
In creating the new Major HS model, the entry-level models now become Major CL. While they share the same 2.9-litre engines, the 76hp HS model gets a broader spectrum of gears to play with. Via a three-range transmission with four gears in each and a splitter, 24 forward gears and 12 reverse are available – maximum speed is 40kph. In addition, a power shuttle affords clutch-less direction changes.
Cab space has also been increased, now featuring more steering wheel adjustment, more storage space, a new dashboard and the addition of a passenger seat.
Producing the most powerful tractor it has ever made, JCB has comprehensively overhauled its 8000 Series.
Like the 4000 Series, the two new 8000 models return to the ‘systems’ tractor concept, featuring a centrally positioned cab and the inclusion of a rear deck.
Designated the 8290 and 8330, power has increased over predecessors. A boost feature sees the flagship 8330’s power rise from its rated 335hp to 348hp when placed under load.
A big development for the Fastrac is a new, dual-line hydraulic steering system. Designed to comply with strict regulations, it allows one hydraulic line to take over, should the first fail.
In addition, should the engine fail or the steering pump, which is powered by the engine, fail, a backup ground-driven pump, integrated within the transmission, takes over.
Topped by a 200hp model, Massey Ferguson has updated its 6600 four-cylinder tractor series, which now features more transmission choice and hydraulic performance.
Comprising six models, the new 6700 S Series is powered by Agco Power 4.9-litre, four-cylinder engines.
These generate maximum power outputs from 120-175hp. On top of this, engine power management provides a 25hp boost on all models; giving up to 200hp on the largest 6718 S.
On all but the smallest model, the firm’s Dyna-VT continuously variable transmission is available. Depending on model, Dyna-4 or Dyna-6 powershift transmissions can be specified. The latter offers six powershifts in four ranges.
Both powershift transmission options now provide an AutoDrive pedal mode, offering complete changing of gears automatically, based on engine load and speed.
Complementing its higher-spec Dynamic 6 and 7 Series tractors, Landini has introduced lower-spec versions designed to appeal to users who do not necessarily need all the bells and whistles.
In doing so, the manufacturer offers more spec choice in its range, with the new ‘Active’ specification neatly filling a gap above the firm’s predominantly mechanical 6L Series.
Active models comprise four- and six-cylinder machines, ranging 143-175hp. The most visible difference between Active and Dynamic models is the migration of primary controls from the armrest to the fender.
While transmission remains electronically controlled with robotised range changes of its 24 by 24 transmission, spool valve control is mechanical, using levers.
Underneath, hydraulics have been simplified, with Active models using an 88-litre/min gear pump. A 123-litre/min pump is available as an option.
In both cases, a dedicated 44-litre/min pump looks after steering and ancillary controls.
Designed specifically for tackling steep slopes, the Austrian-built Reform tractor range is brought into the UK by agent Simon Richard.
Of potential interest to UK farmers is the 109hp Mounty 110V. Powered by a 2.9-litre four-cylinder engine, it features a three-range hydrostatic transmission, offering speeds up to 37kph (23mph).
Its equal wheels can be steered via four modes – four-wheel, rear, front and crab – and its front linkage offers up to 1,800kg lift capacity with the rear lifting 2,500kg, both with ptos. Hydraulic capability is 32.5 litres/min.
Options include various trailer hitches, hydraulic and/or air braking systems, front-mounting frame and a hydraulic top link.
Now packing 450hp (with power management), JD adds to its 8R tractor series with a new flagship model, the 8400R.
The new-found power is a result of a redesign of the engine’s piston heads, resulting in a better and more efficient air/fuel mixture.
No tracked version of this model will be available, and it only comes with the firm’s full powershift transmission, the e23. The latter is said to be best suited to this tractor, offering 94 per cent transmission efficiency, which will mainly be tasked with field cultivation work, suggests Deere.
To get the power to the wheels, a new bar axle design gets two flat surfaces, as opposed to one, for the wheel to clamp onto. Clamping area has also increased to 212mm along the length of the axle.
Turkish tractor maker Armatrac continues to grow its range, and the 804 Lux slots in between 504 and 1104 models.
Packing 80hp from a four-cylinder Perkins Stage 3B engine, this new model brings with it a more contemporary cab interior, boasting short-throw gear levers for its ZF-supplied 16x16 transmission.
While the main gear lever carries an electro-hydraulic power-split, the range lever for field and road ranges has yet to migrate from the cab floor to the right-hand console.
The four-wheel drive 804 Lux comes with a hydraulic top link, two spools, 540/540E pto speeds and digital climate control. The tractor is priced from £24,500.
Updates the Zetor’s Proxima, Forterra and Crystal tractors sees the Czech maker achieve EU Stage 4 emissions regulations for tractors over 100hp.
It sees the introduction of an SCR after-treatment package using a diesel exhaust fluid, which combines with a switch from a passive diesel particulate filter (DPF) to an active system with automatic regeneration.
Zetor says there is a fuel efficiency benefit for the Stage 4 models, while engine oil service intervals remain unchanged.
Kubota’s engine business announced a partnership at Lamma 2017 that saw powertrain specialist Mitchell Powersystems appointed as the Japanese maker’s official distributor in Scotland.
It gives the Glasgow-based firm access to a supply of Kubota engines from six to 115hp, to complement its existing Volvo, FPT and JCB engine ranges. Jem Engines, Kubota’s previous engine dealer for Scotland, will continue to represent the company under the guidance and support of Mitchell Powersystems.
The agreement extends to Kubota’s oil and water-cooled diesel and dual fuel engine solutions, plus customer care, support services and the distribution of spare parts to regional engine dealers.
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