With more than 1,800 exhibitors, the Bologna fairgrounds at last week’s Italian EIMA International farm machinery show were brimming to capacity.
Available in both Stage 3b three-cylinder and four-cylinder variants, and a total of six models from 76-109hp, the new Claas Atos is destined to succeed the firm’s current Axos machines.
Sourced from SDF, the three-cylinder Atos 200 is characterised as a short, light machine, while the larger Atos 400 offers a bigger lift capacity for heavier duty jobs, says the manufacturer.
First UK outing of the new tractors, which will be offered in a range of different transmission options and two- and four-wheel drive, will be at Lamma, with the first models expected on-farm sometime Q2 2015.
The current Stage 3a Perkins-powered Axos models will continue to be available for at least another year.
Voted as Tractor of the Year 2015, the Magnum 380 CVX EP Rowtrac on the Case IH stand is currently the only one in Europe.
Shown in pre-production form, the first commercial models are expected sometime Q3 2015.
Shod with a set of 610mm (24in) dedicated rear tracks, customers will also be able to buy wider 760mm (30in) versions, which is the same width fitted to the Quadtrac tractors. Road speeds for both widths are 40kph.
These are not council-spec McCormick tractors, rather the yellow livery is there to highlight three new continuously variable transmission (CVT) tractor ranges from the Italian firm.
The first was seen at Agritechnica a year ago when the company introduced the first of three four-cylinder X7.4 VT- Drive CVT tractors (X7.440, X7.450 and X7.460). McCormick used EIMA to add the four-stage ZF CVT to the new six-cylinder X7.6 VT-Drive – X7.660 and X7.670, with 175hp and 192hp respectively.
The company also previewed a model from the new X6 VT-Drive series (pictured), which is fitted with an in-house developed CVT. The range includes the additional 133hp X6.440 which peaks at 143hp.
McCormick’s latest X4 Series arrivals include the 2.9-litre powered 61hp X4.20, 68hp X4.30 and 75hp X4.40.
Meeting Stage 4 emissions, the use of exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) exhaust gas recirculation and a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) eliminates the need for a diesel particulate filter (DPF) filter and subsequent regeneration.
The three newcomers are shorter (2,100mm wheelbase versus 2,230mm) and lower than the previously launched X4 models.
Transmission choice comprises a 12 by 12 or a 16 by16 creep with either synchro shuttle or power shuttle. Linkage control is mechanical and a 49l/min hydraulic system for the linkage and external services is supported by a 28l/min pump dedicated to the steering.
Making its international debut at EIMA, the four-cylinder Landini 6L Series succeeds the six-cylinder Landpower, reflecting the trend towards more powerful four-pot engines.
It offers a simpler alternative to the full-spec Landini 6 Series tractors, with mechanical spool valves and a synchro shuttle (or electric shuttle) transmission for operators happy with the basics.
Powered by the same FPT NEF engine with selective catalytic reduction as their 6 Series cousins, this provides three power outputs – 143hp, 163hp and 176hp.
The three models retain the Master Class four-pillar cab introduced on the Landpower at the beginning of last year and the transmission choice remains Synchro Shuttle 18 by 18 and 36 by 36 creep or Electric Shuttle 54 by 18 with three-speed powershift; a creep option of this transmission is also available.
Same used its home show to premier what it claims is a world first for fruit tractors – independent front axle suspension.
Described as a smaller version of that used on the Deutz-Fahr TTV 11 Series, previewed at Agritechnica a year ago, on the Same Frutetto the in-house made system increases stability and safety.
Still at the prototype stage, and about to start field tests, the company says it is unlikely to be offered as an option for at least another 18 months.
Italian-firm Scaip is well established in its homeland for its range of pipe layers.
Now it is looking to broaden its portfolio with the Warrior STX-200 tracked tractor. Available with either Cummins or NEF Iveco engines, the company says it has already sold more than 30 of the 200hp tractors in Italy, and is now looking for dealers to sell the roughly £167,800 (€210,000) tractor in the rest of Europe.
A 150hp STX-150 and 250hp STX-250 are in the pipeline, as is a 350hp STX-350.
The Maschio Group has developed a novel self-propelled machine to apply biogas digestate in maize crops even when well nearly two metres (6ft 5in) tall.
Called the Talpa, and claimed as a world first, the triple-axle, articulated and high-clearance drive unit and tank come from sprayer maker Unigreen (a Maschio Group company), which used certain components from Gaspardo planters and drills to develop the high-clearance applicator.
Powered by a 250hp John Deere engine, but also available with a 280hp FPT power pack, even empty the six-wheel drive machine weighs 14 tonnes. The company is hopeful of selling 10 machines a year.
Using a pair of mid-mounted rubber tracks to help spread weight of this drilling giant, Gaspardo’s MaxiMetro 24-row maize drill is finding favour with large farms in Russia, the Ukraine and the US.
Operating at speeds of about 10kph, behind a 300-350hp tractor, the MaxiMetro is capable of drilling 86 acres per hour.
Also available in even larger 36 and 48-row versions (400-450hp), 24-row prices start from about £175,800 (€220,000).
Celli news includes an uprated gearbox for the Super Maxi which takes the power up from 350hp to 450hp.
The company also showed a new range of bedformers. The result of 18 months of testing, the Ares BF rotary cultivator/bedformer is available for single beds from 1.2-2.5m (4-8ft), and as the Tiger BF 280P for working widths from 3.6-6m (12-19ft).
With a power requirement of 280-300hp, a few models are already in the UK with RGS Forfar.
Breviglieri used EIMA to unveil the top model in a new four-model range of Teknofold folding power harrows.
Shown in prototype form, the 8m-wide Teknofold 450 is the widest power harrow the company has ever made.
Designed to work behind a 300 to 450hp tractor, the 450 is also available in 5m (180-250hp), 6m (220-300hp) and 7m (250-350hp) working widths.
Vegetable planter specialist Ferrari’s product line now includes a self-propelled mechanical hoe.
Called the Scorpion, the mid-mounted Remoweed four-row 1.8m wide hoe, which has an infra-red weed detection system and hydraulically-operated hoe blade to tackle weeds in the row, was designed and built in-house.
Power comes from a 51hp Kubota engine, while the hydrostatic transmission provides for variable forward speeds.
Benefits of the self-propelled concept include its light weight of just 2.35 tonnes and good operator visibility over the hoe.
Two versions are available – a basic 16kph version which is not allowed on public roads and a 40kph version with full road lighting. Prices start from about £38,350 (€48,000).
Mazzotti’s existing and massive self-propelled sprayers continue to be available, but the Italian manufacturer used EIMA to premier a new and more compactly-built version.
Called the MAF 4180, and finished in a temporary but striking show livery, the new sprayer has a 4,000 litre tank, Claas cab and a hydro-pneumatic four-wheel suspension system.
Power comes from a four-cylinder JCB engine, with boom widths from 21 to 36m.
Currently celebrating 90 years in the business, Caffini was one of a number of self-propelled sprayers which used the Italian show to launch a model fitted with a Stage 4 engine.
Called the Striker X.34, power to Caffini’s latest offering comes courtesy of a 175hp Volvo Penta power pack. Other notable features include a 3,000 litre tank, 300 litre clean water tank, 1.25m of ground clearance, and a track width adjustable from 1.85-2.25m.
With Bosch Rexworth hydraulics and independent four-wheel suspension, the hydrostatic drive provides three speed ranges – 0-12kph, 0-18kph and 0-36kph.
One or two-row trailed potato harvesters unloading bunker contents into boxes at the headland is still popular with Italian growers.
Rome-based Agrimarsica is looking to speed up the operation with the prototype of an Italian-made potato trailer. Rather than stopping work, harvester bunker contents are now unloaded directly into the eight-tonne capacity RB 8000. Acting a bit like a chaser bin, the trailer unloads its cargo into boxes at the headland allowing the harvester to work non-stop.
Expected to cost about £24,000 (€30,000), a conveyor in the bottom of the trailer also allows potatoes to be unloaded at the rear into a receiving hopper.
Self-propelled mixer wagon news from Faresin includes the Leader 1200 Compact, which is not only the company’s first Stage 4 version, but at just 2.55 metres (8ft 3in) tall is able to squeeze into even the narrowest of buildings.
On the telehandler front, Faresin showed the 930 VPS (Variable Power System) Compact, to support the existing 6.30 and 7.30 models.
Two years ago at the last EIMA, Storti negotiated a worldwide distribution deal to sell a cubicle cleaning/bedding machine made by fellow Italian company Repossi.
New at this year’s show was a ride-on machine designed to push silage up to the feed barrier. Called the Motorbrush, the novel and patented technique relies of a series of rotating brushes to divert feedstuffs.
Weighing just 620kg, power comes from a 10hp Yanmar engine.
Turkish baler maker Paksan enjoys a healthy share (about 1,200 units) of the roughly 3,000 strong conventional Turkish baler market.
Now it is turning its attention to the large square baler market, and is currently testing what it reckons is the very first Turkish-made big square baler.
Dubbed the Orkinos (a type of big fish), and producing a bale size of 1,200mm by 700mm, with the exception of the German-made knotters the rest of the baler is made in Turkey.
Claimed to be at least 30 per cent cheaper than comparable western-made balers, the company plans to reveal its creation at the 2015 Agritechnica.
First appearances can be deceptive and after a bit of probing, Merlo reveals it has no plans to make round balers.
Instead, it has been testing this Supertino-made baler behind a TF 38.10 156 CV Tronic, and is keen to stress the rear PTO/drawbar option is now available on all Turbofarmer telehandlers.
Merlo was looking to gauge visitor interest in the concept of a self-propelled drive unit, and one which is more likely to appeal to forestry/municipal users rather than the ag market.
Made by Merlo company Treemme (which makes Merlo attachments), and dubbed the MM160MC, power comes from a 4.-litre, 156hp Deutz Stage 4 engine.
The seat and controls inside the Merlo-made cab swivel through 180 degrees, and in addition to the 2.1-tonne rear lift linkage, the vehicle can be fitted with both front and side-mounted linkages.
There are no price details of the 6.5t heavy vehicle, which offers four-wheel steering and drive.
Using electronics to automatically vary the engine speed depending on the load, P-ECS (Power Efficiency Control System) is the name of a new Danfoss-made transmission option for Dieci’s AgriFarmer telehandlers.
With the exception of the 32.6 (which is too compact), the option is available on all AgriFarmer models including the 28.7, 28.9, 30.7 and 30.9.
Matermacc’s Twin Planter was first seen in the UK at the Cereals Event as a four-row machine.
The MS8250 Twin-Row on display at the Italian show is a new eight-row folding version.
Needing a tractor of about 140hp and capable of covering up to six hectares per hour, providing all goes to plan the UK importer Weaving Machinery could bring a model to LAMMA.
The 90hp Stage 3b Solis 90 on display on the Indian tractor makers stand, which is already in the UK and Ireland, could be supported by more powerful 110hp and 120hp models sometime mid next year, with availability from Agritechnica.
Fitted with a new cab, powershift transmission and in-house built Stage 4 engines, the result, says the manufacturer, will be 20-25 per cent cheaper than comparable models available from the mainstream suppliers.
The manufacturer plans to take the power to 180hp within the next two years and says it is a case of watch this space for future high-HP tractor developments.
Shown again at EIMA following its unveiling at Agritechnica in prototype form, Zoomlion’s RS 1204-F 120hp tractor is due to be EC-approved and should be ready for sale from the next Agritechnica.
The 3.8 tonne tractor is aimed at the small to mid-sized tractor market in Europe, and there is no news yet whether the company plans to bring its more powerful 220 and 240hp tractors to Europe.
Already available in the US, Massey-Ferguson’s two-model 1700 Series was on display for the first time in Europe at EIMA.
Sourced from Iseki, and described as a high-spec compact which is well suited to the hobby, horticultural, groundscare or equestrian markets, the two models – 40hp MF 1740 and 47hp MF1747 – look like a small MF 8700.
Fitted with an all-steel bonnet, 12-speed mechanical transmission (hydro available), both tractors are fitted with a loader joystick as standard and a hydraulic flow rate of 75l/min.
The two tractors replace the two top models (1540 and 1547) in the MF1500 Series. The MF1519, MF1523 and MF1529 continue to be available.
On display at LAMMA, and available with a cab, the first deliveries are expected early 2015.
MF’s Antarctica 2 adventure started in earnest during the show when the plane carrying the specially-prepared MF 5610 tractor landed in the Southern Hemisphere ready to start the 5,000km round trip to the South Pole.
There was plenty of information for EIMA visitors on the project, including a wintery MF 5610.
However, the tractor making the trek is a lot different. Powered by Jet A1 fuel supplied from a 400 litre rear-mounted tank, the tractor’s standard diesel tank is used to power the heating systems.
The cab glazing has been swapped for a polycarbonate material, and the tractor is shod with a set of specially-prepared Trelleborg progressive traction tyres.
Supported by a pair of modified Toyota pick-ups, the tractor will drive round-the-clock and is expected to take 800 hours to reach its destination.
Previewed at Cereals 2014, New Holland’s T4 range has been enhanced with additional transmission options and improved operator comfort. the five model range, which was conceived with loaders in mind, produces between 75-114hp and is available with the SuperSteer front axle option.
The company’s 24 by 24 Dual Command transmission, available on cab models, can now be specified with a Creeper option. A hydraulic Powershuttle version is also available.
Made by Sigma 4, the 7.3m hydraulically-operated pick up of the M8 Multi Merge allows two side swaths to be made, a single 1.2m central one, or alternatively a single left or right swath.
Designed to work behind an 80hp tractor, the belt speed can be varied from 0-4.2m/s and the two wings on the 3.2 tonne machine raise by 600mm for headland turns.
The machine folds to a compact 3.95m high by 2.5m wide by 3.8m long package for transport.