Representing a major milestone in the history of the Lamma Show, 2019 saw the UK’s largest farm machinery and technology event move completely indoors for the first time.
Insulated from any inclement weather, the NEC in Birmingham provided visitors with an opportunity to view a vast wealth of farming kit available in the UK.
Here we take a look at the latest loader developments...
Sporting a trio of telehandler developments Dieci used Lamma to premier two new models and preview its latest compact model.
Of particular interest to UK farmers is its new Agri Star 35.6 Evo 2 model. With a lift capacity of 3.5 tonnes and a lift height of 6.4m, power comes from a 143hp, four-cylinder FPT engine.
Channelling power to the wheels is a single stage hydrostatic transmission, said to be ideal for ‘shuttle’ work around yards.
Standard or premium spec cabs can be specified which feature improved switch gear and control layout. Cab suspension offer vertical and lateral dampening, and an optional reversing camera can be specified.
Up front, a simple flat-faced couplings allows any headstock type to be fitted, allowing easy adaptation to attachments. At the rear, a pick up hitch is standard, which comes as standard with a coupling providing a park brake function for trailers.
Higher up the spec level is the new Agri Plus 42.7 VS Evo 2 model with a lift capacity of 4.2 tonnes and a reach of seven metres. Power comes from FPT providing 153hp.
A combination of a large hydro-pump and two hydro-motors is said to offer a true continuously variable transmission driving style.
This offers a choice of four driving modes; normal, Eco which uses a single hydro-motor, loader mode prioritising loader functions, and creep mode which offers independent control over forward speed, hydraulic flow and engine speed.
Finally, with an overall width of 1,500mm, the firm’s new Mini Ag 20.4 is aimed at situations where space is at a premium, such as chicken sheds and traditional livestock buildings.
Featuring a lift capacity of two tonnes and a reach of 4.3m, a three-cylinder Kubota motor provides 50hp.
JCB has updated its Loadall Super and Agri Pro models, boosting operator comfort and convenience with the introduction of an all-new cab.
Called Command Plus, the new cab uses a larger, longer curved front windscreen that incorporates both the windscreen and roof window; there is a revised control layout and more storage space, and improved fit and finish.
The in-cab noise level has been slashed from 78 to 69dB(A), representing a 50 per cent reduction.
In addition, six, seven and 9.5m models gain a modest 100-200kg lift capacity increase, and an optional chassis sway mechanism will be available for the Loadall front axle to improve load placement precision.
Following the rebirth of Manitou’s MLA pivot steer telehandler, the firm has started to expand the range. As a result, the MLA-T 516-75H now joins the range and sits below the full-size MLA-T 533-145V+.
Essentially a Gehl-built machine (also part of the Manitou Group), the 516-75H packs a 74.3hp Deutz diesel engine, and drives all four wheels through a two-speed hydrostatic transmission, offering a maximum travel speed of 20kph. A three-speed 30kph transmission option is available.
With an operating weight of 5.5 tonnes, the 516-75H offers a lift capacity of 1,600kg to a height of 4.9metres.
Tobrocco Giant used the show to launch its new pivot steer loader into the UK.
The G4500 replaces the V561, and is now Stage 5 compliant, with its 75hp Kubota engine. Emissions are dealt with through DPF.
New to the machine is an improved joystick, said to have better proportional control, and two rocker switchs controlling boom and auxiliary functions.
The loader can have a telescopic or ‘Z’ bar boom, with lift capacities of 2,600kg and 2,800kg respectively.
Lift heights for the two boom options are 4,350mm and 2850mm, powered by an 80 l/min hydraulic pump. Propulsion is provided by a Rexroth Bosch hydrostatic transmission.
Schaffer’s latest development in it loader range sees its T8620 given a boost in power, to a maximum of 136hp. Provided by a four-cylinder Deutz engine, emissions are treated with AdBlue. Drive is through a hydrostatic ‘box, capable of 40kph.
Lift capacity tops out at 4,200kg while height is 5.2m. Overall width of the machine is 2,180mm while load sensing hydraulics pump 105 l/min. Available now, prices start from £81,000 plus VAT.
Avant took the opportunity to show off its latest in electric loader technology.
The e6 pivot steer loader now features a lithium ion battery, rather than the lead acid one of old.
Integrated into the machine is a fast charge system, which replenishes battery capacity from 10 per cent up to 100 per cent in an hour, according to the company.
Maximum battery life is a claimed six hours.
Operating capacity is said to be equivalent of the company’s diesel 6 Series loaders, with a lift capacity of 950kg, while lift height is 2.82m with its telescopic boom. Available for delivery now, the price is said to be similar to the company’s 7 Series loaders.
Those looking to make the most of wheeled loaders might find Suffolk attachment firm BA Caulkett’s toe-tip muck fork, of interest.
Considered to be an industry first, the toe-tip muck fork offers a three cubic metre capacity, is equipped with Hardox tines and is aimed at those looking to make the most of their wheeled loaders in agriculture.
The toe-tip muck fork is priced from £7,750.
Loader firm Alo is extending its portfolio with a range of high-capacity attachments suitable for use with telehandlers and wheeled loaders.
Called the Quicke XL series, its latest models include the Silograb XL, Silofork XL and Silocut XL – the latter can be configured with a push-off system or bucket in place of tines.
Alo UK general manager Steve Hewitt says; “We are looking to cater for all aspects of the materials handling markets, not just the supply of tractor loaders and associated attachments.”
Merlo has hinted at the size and shape of things to come, with a preview of this forthcoming TF65.9CS.
While information was being kept tightly under wraps ahead of its European launch at next month’s Paris SIMA Show, the model numbers suggest a 6,500kg lift capacity and 9m lift height, with hydro-pneumatic cab suspension and chassis leveling being part of the standard specification.
Manitou has taken a step into the skid steer loader market with the 2700V.
The machine comes from the Mustang range – also part of the Manitou Group – but has been introduced to meet growing demand for compact equipment operating in poultry sheds.
The 2700V offers a 1,225kg load capacity, 3.3m lift height and 0-12kph or 0-19kph travel speeds – the latter from an optional two-speed transmission.
The 72hp Yanmar-powered skid steer measures 1.76m wide, 2m high and 3.7m long.
Could MX be harbouring the world’s largest loader for wheeled tractors within its new TX400 series?
The French maker believes so, and a glance at the spec sheet backs up this claim for a range of models engineered to suit tractors up to 400hp. Three models make up the TX400 series – TX420, TX425 and TX430 – with the range-topping TX430 packing a 5.5m lift height and a 3.5 tonne lift capacity. The lesser TX420 and TX425 can reach 5.1m, and offer 3.25 and 3.5 tonne lift respectively.
Unladen weight is 1,200kg, and specification includes hydraulic self-leveling, electronic controls and the ability to wear a variety of headstocks from most telehandler manufacturers. The TX400 series is priced from £18,000.