At the recent Yorkshire Agricultural Machinery Show, the county’s manufacturers dominated the latest equipment on show. Richard Bradley reports.
Removing the need to climb between the loader and fertiliser spreader or drill when filling, East Yorkshire manufacturer Agriweld showcased its loader-mounted ABC bag lifter and cutter.
Using a hydraulic ram to lift the bag and a hydraulically pivoting cutting spike, bags are lifted and lowered onto the spike which is swung into position as the bag is lifted, allowing the fertiliser or seed to flow into the hopper. One auxiliary hydraulic line is required to operate the lifting and spike pivoting rams.
A double-length bag lifting arm is used to allow up to two or four 600kg bags to be lifted on single- or double-width models respectively. For transport, the bag lifting arm can be folded down and the spikes sit under the attachment’s frame.
Retail price is £2,600 for single-width and £3,800 for double-width models.
Michelin's two-in-one tyre unofficially got its world premier at the show, which picked up a gold innovation award at the Sima Preview event, branded as a new Evobib range.
As the tyres are currently at such an early prototype stage, only five sets of rear tyres are being tested in the UK, with front tyres not expected on the test machines until later this year.
Michelin says a central tyre inflation system is required to get the best from tyres, as lugs are fitted to the edges of them, effectively folding into work when pressures are lowered. The manufacturer claims an increased contact patch by 20 per cent, when comparing a 710/70 R42 Evobib at 11psi pressure to its 710/70 R42 Axiobib at the same pressure.
Fitted to a Fendt 828, the tyre’s design was displayed at the show, with one rear tyre set to an ideal road pressure of 36psi and the other tyre set to an ideal field pressure of 11psi. The road tyre had no contact between the lugs and the ground, whereas the field pressure tyre had full ground contact with the lugs and a large sidewall deflection.
Allowing selectable subsoiling for controlled traffic farming (CTF), Watkin’s CTF subsoiler toolbar is mounted to the tractor’s linkage and allows a cultivator or drill to be towed behind it.
A fixed frame is used to leave the towed drill or cultivator’s drawbar at a fixed height, with the two subsoiling legs mounted on a separate, hydraulic lowered frame. A number of hydraulic lines, IsoBus connection, electrical connection and brake lines can be run to the rear of the subsoiler for the drill or cultivator.
Options include shear bolt or auto reset protection, a choice of legs and shoes, and slitting discs.
Retail price for the two leg machine with shear bolt protection is £9,850.
Newly established Grange Machinery showed its low disturbance cultivator toolbar at the show.
Designed to take a pass out of the cultivation and drilling process, the toolbar uses a fixed frame coupled to the tractor’s rear linkage and features an adjustable ball and spoon coupling at the rear where a drill or cultivator can be attached.
A separate frame is used to hydraulically raise and lower the cultivator’s legs, which can work to a depth of 300mm (12in), allowing the drawbar to remain at a constant height. Hydraulic, electrical and IsoBus connections are run to the rear frame to operate the drill or cultivator, if required.
The Hull-firm’s toolbar is available with six legs in a three-metre working width or eight legs in 4m width with manually sliding outer legs, and the firm says it is developing a hydraulically folding, 6m-wide machine with 12 legs. Options include slitting discs, wider legs and shoes and a depth control wheel.
Price for the 4m model on show with slitting discs is currently £12,500, however the firm says this will increase to £14,000 later this year.
York-based cultivation equipment manufacturer Plowman Brothers showcased its latest Omni-Lift subsoiler, fitted with its Cam Lock leg raising system.
Through the removal of a locking pin, any of the cultivator’s five legs can be raised out of working position without the need for tools. Each leg is retained by a cam-type toggle which has to be pressed to lower it.
This allows for quick changing of machine operation, such as going from subsoiling CTF tramlines with the three centre legs raised to subsoiling headlands with all legs in work. The firm claims raising the three centre legs has a fuel saving of up to 55 per cent.
Plowman’s Omni-Lift is available in three metre and 3.5m working widths, with three or five legs which are protected either through a shear bolt or auto reset system. The firm also says it is looking into producing a wider, trailed Omni-Lift machine.
Retail price for the 3.5m machine on show with tungsten wearing parts is £13,500.
Manufactured in Holland, the Quappen range of compact pivot steer loaders are sold in the UK by Q Loaders, Co Durham.
Four models are available, with capacities ranging from the smallest Q18 with 25hp and 700kg full turn tipping load, to the largest Q42 with 55hp and 1,500kg full turn tipping load. All models are powered by Yanmar diesel engines and driven through a Bosch Rexroth hydrostatic transmission with mechanical final drives to the axles.
Standard features include a Euro Bracket quick hitch with hydraulic locking pins, roll-over frame canopy with rubber mountings and twin articulation rams, which the firm claims provides a higher tear-out force. Options include wider tyres, full cab, and compact or telescopic booms on selected models which offer higher lift capacities or higher lifting height.
Prices for the smallest Q18 start at £25,000, while the Q35 on show with Z-linkage loader arm and wide tyres costs £33,000.
Conceived by beef farmer Pip Dale and manufacturer in partnership with York-based DRT Trailers, the loader-mounted cattle handler is designed to improve cattle handling safety.
Developed from a basic design of welding a set of gates to a bale squeezer, the handler features two hydraulically-operated gates at one end, with a manual internal gate leading to a locking head yoke. This allows you to catch cattle in an open field or pen and lock them in for vetting or calving for example.
Options include an opening locking head yoke to allow easier cattle exit and removable bars on the internal gate which allow side or rear access for calving or C-section, for example.
Retail price for the Dalesway cattle handler is £2,600+vat and the loader requires a pair of auxiliary hydraulic couplers.