Lamma has become the leading UK showcase for agricultural machinery, and this year’s event features major launches for many of the key manufacturers. Jane Carley previews just a small selection of what will be on offer.
Massey Ferguson will preview three new tractor ranges at Lamma.
The platform version of the MF 4700 Global Tractor (pictured above) will be the first of this new modular range of machines from 60-120hp.
Ideally suited as a yard tractor or for indoor operations or a smallholding, Massey Ferguson says the full range of the MF 4700 series, including cab models, will be available for sale in late 2015.
The MF 1700 range of compact tractors could also see service for yard scraping or on smallholdings, and is available in both cab and platform versions, fitted with a hydrostatic transmission as standard.
A third introduction is being kept under wraps until the show, but the company says it will be a new range built at the Massey Ferguson factory in Beauvais, France, and will feature a number of new models, incorporating innovative new features.
Manitou is to introduce the MLT 960 telehandler with a load capacity of six tonnes and a working height of nine metres (29ft 6in).
Powered by a John Deere Stage 3b engine producing 141hp, the MLT 960 features the Load Sensing Ultra hydraulic system and a hydraulic flow rate of 180 litres per minute, designed specifically for intensive and repetitive cycles, says the manufacturer.
In combination with the JSM control lever, this enables the operator to achieve simultaneous and responsive movements for greater efficiency and reduction in driver fatigue.
Sumo has a number of new products to reveal, the likely showstopper being its new direct drill, based on the highly successful Sumo DTS.
This uses the company’s own design of single disc opener and can also work in min-till or ploughed conditions. Other introductions include a trailed version of the Mixidisc disc harrow and a new front-mounted hopper.
Kuhn’s new trailed mower conditioner, the FC 3160 TCD, will be on display.
The 3.1-metre (10ft 2in) machine features Kuhn’s centre pivot design, which enables the unit to be operated on either side of the tractor, allowing it to work up and down the field rather than in sections.
The FC range uses Kuhn’s Gyrodine swivel hitch for improved PTO shaft alignment, and enhanced ground following along with the Optidisc cutterbar and Fast-Fit cutting knives as standard.
It is available with a rotor with free swinging 560mm (22in) steel flails or a 240mm (9.5in) roller conditioner, with two rotor speeds for different crop conditions.
Bauer will show a self-contained mobile slurry separator which could be used on multi-unit farms or by contractors.
A Bauer screw press separator is mounted on top of an enclosed galvanised steel cabinet which houses intake and discharge pumps and an electronic control unit.
Typical throughputs are 30-40cu.m per hour at 32 per cent dry matter. A higher-spec ‘Green Bedding’ version will consistently produce material from cow slurry at 36 per cent dry matter for use in cubicles.
Making its debut at the show will be McCormick’s first tractor with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The X7 VT Drive builds on the engine, hydraulics and cab combination put together for the 143-212hp McCormick X7 Pro Drive tractors, but replaces the 24 by 24 semi-powershift transmission with a CVT.
Five models will be available from 143-188hp, using the proven ZF Eccom CVT with McCormick control software and hardware to provide operating modes to suit different field work and road transport situations.
McCormick VT Drive models will also feature Data Screen Manager, a large terminal providing enhanced setting up features for tractor functions, touch-screen control of IsoBus-equipped implements and displays for an integrated auto steering system.
Vicon will show its updated variable chamber round baler range, the RV5200, which replaces the RV4216 and RV4220 balers, and is fitted with a new PowerBind net system, designed to give consistent net injection.
It has also updated the baler software, allowing control via the Focus II terminal, its own Tellus IsoBus monitor or the tractor’s IsoBus unit.
The company’s Intelligent Density 3D control, which gives pre-programmed values for silage, hay and straw, is graphically illustrated on the touch-screen, showing individual density settings for the core, mid and outer layers and allowing them to be fine-tuned by the operator. Pressure and net wrap quantity can also be customised.
The RV5216 produces bales up to 1.6m (5ft 3in) and the RV5220 to 2m (6ft 7in).
Amazone has built 750,000 twin-disc spreaders, and the latest, the mechanical ZA-TS spreader will be launched at the show.
It features a new narrower hopper – just 2.6m (8ft 6in) wide for safe road transport in narrower lanes. Its AutoTS System is now supplemented by ClickTS which is either the complete mechanical control of border spreading or a combination of one-side electric and one-side mechanical, both at a reduced cost.
Hopper sizes are 1,700-4,800 litres.
John Deere’s updated 6R and 6M Series tractors will make their UK debut.
Spearheading the 6R Series, the six-cylinder 6215R large frame model is powered by a new 6.8-litre Stage 4-compliant engine rated at 215hp (with an extra 40hp boost for transport and pto work from the intelligent power management system.
There is also a choice of AutoPowr continuously variable or double-clutch DirectDrive transmissions.
A new CommandArm features an electronic joystick and a Generation 4 CommandCenter display.
Standen Engineering will show updates to its T2 harvesters including a new ‘RoTo’ axle with fast in/out adjustment, and fewer cross beams for a clear harvester underside.
Steering and track adjustment mechanisms are now above the machine, away from soil.
New options allow the T2 to double as a high-capacity potato windrower. RoTo axle configuration places the machine’s wheels directly in line with the tractor’s wheels when opening the crop.
The offside wheel can then rotate through 180 degrees, moving from its inner position for transport, field opening or windrowing, to its outer position for harvesting. RoTo axle steering, machine levelling and operating modes are all controlled from in-cab touch-screen controls.
Landquip will show a new version of its InTrac steering axle trailed sprayer in 5,200- or 6,000-litre capacities with a new chassis, tank design and narrow folding aluminium boom.
Both feature 30mph (50kph) commercial steering axles offered with hydraulic or air brakes.
With a low centre of gravity, the tank is shaped so as to dissipate liquid surge making the machine more stable in field and safer on the road.
A new touch-screen gives the operator fingertip control of all programming and command functions. Strategically positioned cameras use an 8.4in screen to show the operator what is going on around the machine.
Mzuri’s new Rehab Seeder is designed to achieve seed placement accuracy comparable with that of a conventional drill, from a machine which restructures the soil, cultivates a tilth, sows the seed and consolidates behind it in one pass.
Seed is placed directly into clear soil by the Rehab’s combination of a leading disc which cuts through stubble and laid surface trash and the deep cultivating leg which restructures soil.
Consolidation is applied immediately by the following press wheel, so the sowing coulter – the same design as used on Mzuri’s Pro-Til drill – has a consistent seedbed in which to work.
Overall seeding depth is set by the subsoiler, with fine adjustments being made via the consolidating wheel following the seeding coulter.
JCB adds a number of new telehandlers to its range at the show including the Loadall 525-60 Agri, replacing the 524-50 and 527-55 rear-engine machines with a side-engine layout and a low boom pivot for improved rear three-quarters visibility.
It measures just 1.95m (6ft 5in) to the top of the cab and is 1.8m (5ft 11in) wide, designed to work in small buildings and traditional yards. Maximum lift capacity is 2.5 tonnes and maximum lift height is 6m (20ft).
Two-stage hydrostatic transmission provides working and travel speed ranges up to 19mph (30kph), while the Varispeed option allows a fixed forward speed to be set regardless of engine revs – ideal for operating hydraulically-driven attachments such as a rotary yard brush or auger feeding bucket.
Claas is introducing the new Atos tractor, which is available in both three- and four-cylinder variants, powered by Stage 3b-compliant engines from 76-109hp.
There are three transmission options including the Trishift, which offers three powershift speeds. For transmissions specified with an electronic clutchless reverser, the smart stop function is activated at the touch of a button on the dashboard and enables the Atos stops when the brake is engaged without having to depress the clutch pedal.
Also on display for the first time will be the new Arion 400 tractor, with its Panoramic cab which features a one-piece windscreen and roof panel, providing a 90-degree view over a loader.
Opico will be launching its 3m (10ft) He-Va Combi-Disc which subsoils, cultivates and consolidates all in one pass, designed so the depth of tines and discs can be separately adjusted via hydraulics while on-the-move.
Five hydraulic reset tines subsoil to a 400mm (16in) depth and 510mm (20in) diameter discs follow the subsoiler legs to cut and mix to a depth of 125mm (5in). The following 700mm (27in) V-profile press roller consolidates for a weatherproof finish, says the firm.
Incorporating a new parallel linkage system, Bomford extends its variable forward arm (VFA) concept to the Hawk reach arm mower.
The Hawk VFA will initially be available in a 6m (20ft) reach version and the design of the parallel linkage system means in addition to altering the reach of the mowing head, from a position alongside the cab, the mowing head can also be moved forward and back over a total traverse of almost 2.4m (7ft 10in).
It is carried on the tractor’s three-point linkage, which allows the mower to be quickly and easily removed, so the tractor can be used for other jobs, but is optionally available with axle mounting.
Pottinger’s new Europrofi Combiline loader wagon will be on display for the first time. The new range, which comprises of three models, is aimed at the UK farmer market with a robust gear drive to the rotor, with 35 double sided reversible Twin Blade knives offering a 39 mm chop length. These mid-range wagons have been designed for tractors from 130 to 220hp.
Landini will add three new models to its 4 Series tractors. Launched in 2014, the new models feature 2.9-litre engines delivering 61hp, 68hp and 75hp.
They are shorter and lower than the current equivalent models and come with a choice of 12 by 12 or 16 by 16 creep transmissions with either synchro shuttle or power shuttle.
AGCO stable mate Valtra will show its new T4 Series six cylinder tractors which comprise six models from 155 to 250hp, all with Stage 4-complient engines. Transmission choices include a five-step powershift and Valtra’s Direct CVT system.
All new T4 models feature a new, larger cab with roof window and reverse drive-ready, swivelling seat.
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