Always gaining plenty attention at the show is the plethora of tractors on display. From yard tractors to big crawlers, every major make is represented at LAMMA. James Rickard, Geoff Ashcroft and Jane Carley report. Pictures by Marcello Garbagnoli and John Eveson.
Speculation of a tracked Magnum has been rife for a long time, ever since Case IH showed a concept Magnum on West Track-made treads at Agritechnica 2007.
Plans have now come to fruition as the firm showed what the finished article will look like at the show.
Of note is the half-track design. Many track configurations were looked into, says the manufacturer, including twin track designs, similar to Challenger and John Deere machines; four-track systems which are steered by the two at the front; and also four-track concepts with a pivot point on the tractor between the cab and the engine.
In the end, the firm settled on a half-track design with two tracks at the rear and two wheels at the front, giving the Magnum Rowtrac optimum traction and soil protection, says Case IH.
Other updates to the Magnum series include cleaner and more powerful engines, as well as changes to styling and a few operator-friendly cab tweaks.
Taking on the mantle of the firm’s flagship tractors, Kubota showed a new three-model series, ranging from 130-170hp.
Pitched as a versatile all-rounder, the new M7 Series includes the M7131, M7151 and the M7171, with power ratings relating to the last three figures of the model number.
Power comes from the firm’s own 6.1-litre, four-cylinder engines, meeting Stage 4 emissions regulations via a combination of selective catalytic reduction and exhaust gas recirculation.
Courtesy of ZF, the M7 has a choice of two transmissions; its KVT continuously variable transmission or a 24 by 24 speed powershift, which has six ranges and four powershifts in each, allowing manual and automatic operation.
Representing the most significant product launch for the firm in 25 years, Valtra has given its T-Series a complete overhaul.
More significantly though, this is the first Valtra tractor designed to meet the needs of people outside Scandinavia.
With seven models ranging from 155-250hp, customers can choose from four main variants; Direct, Versu, Active or HiTech. Direct is the top-spec machine and gets a continuously variable transmission and electrically operated hydraulics.
While Versu and Active models share the same 20 by 20 (30 by 30 with creeper), five-step powershift transmission, Versu machines get top-spec electrically operated hydraulics along with improved tractor set-up via a terminal.
The lower spec Active gets mechanically-operated hydraulics, but no terminal.
An Agco Power, 6.6-litre, six-cylinder engine is fitted in the two smallest models with a 7.4-litre version in the bigger models. Both engines comply with Stage 4 emissions legislation.
The Valtra T Series is available now to order with prices starting from £85,341 for the T144 Active.
Allowing users to quite literally see the light, Claas showed off its all-new Arion 400 tractor series.
In recognition of its broad range of tasks in this power bracket, the manufacturer has expanded the range from three models to six, covering 90-140hp, with different specs and cab options available for each model.
Aimed at loader work, one of the standout cab options is the new panoramic version which boasts 90-degrees of uninterrupted vertical visibility from the ground to full loader height. This has been achieved by removing the cross-beam where the windscreen and roof window would normally meet.
Using an FPT engine, the Arion is built around a solid cast frame with an integral oil sump of Claas’ design. This affords a tight steering angle - due its ‘wasp’ waist design - and allows users to fit a loader without the need for any extra framework.
As with its larger tractors, Fendt has given its 300 Series tractors a serious makeover, including new cabs, engines, features and family styling.
Comprising four models, the 310, 311, 312 and 313, feature maximum power ranges from 110-138hp. This is now courtesy of AgcoPower (formerly known as Sisu) engines, rather than the previous Deutz.
The 300 now gets the VisioPlus cab, similar to the 500s and 700s. With it, users get a windscreen which curves over the top of the cab to offer 77-degrees of vertical visibility. To the right, there is no ‘B’ pillar, giving an uninterrupted view of off-set implements.
Uniting all the operating functions is the VarioCentre, very similar to the larger tractors, but mounted on the right-hand fender and not the armrest. This includes the familiar two-gate joystick which takes care of all primary functions including programmable buttons for various tasks such as headland management.
Mainly due to engine emission compliance, New Holland has updated its T8 tractor range.
Meeting Stage 4 emission standards using the firm’s Hi-eSCR technology, the entire five-model range now gets more power, ranging from 320-435hp (maximum ratings).
The upgrade includes a host of improvements to comfort and convenience, such as the Intelliview IV monitor, which is now standard and features improved and easier set-up of tractor functions.
A new multi-function handle has also been made more responsive, with less effort required to press the keys, now backlit for night-time work.
Also for night operation, there is the option of two LED lighting packages, increasing the intensity of lighting around the tractor, and with greater projected distance, says the manufacturer.
JCB has extended its range of telehandlers with the 560-80 Agri Plus, aimed at the rehandling market. The company says customers who may previously have used a loading shovel, such as AD site operators moving maize, can take advantage of the telehandler’s eight-metre reach and six-tonne capacity.
A Z-bar linkage gives a high break-out force for fast bucket filling and improved dump angle, says JCB. Powered by a 145hp JCB Ecomax engine, the 560-80 Agri Plus can be specified with a 5cu.m bucket.
A low profile variant of the mid-range 536-70 has also been introduced, joining an expanding choice of low roof models, but offering extra capacity, with 3.6 tonnes lift and a reach of seven metres.
This Scaip Warrior STX350 is the latest steel-tracked crawler available through Boston-based Robert Crawford and Son.
The Italian-built machine is one of a four-model range which extends from 150-350hp.
Power for the range-topping STX350 comes from a Caterpillar C9 Acert engine, and it is put to use by a twin-range hydrostatic transmission using Rexroth hydraulic components.
Running gear includes a Berco track system, offering low maintenance through its sealed, lubricated design.
Chamfered track edges are said to keep surface disturbance to a minimum, while a Cat IV three-point linkage and 1,000rpm pto are said to offer versatility with a variety of implements.
Improved performance and simpler tractor set-up is promised by McCormick for its new Data Screen Manager terminal.
The 12-inch touch-screen terminal, available as an option for X7 Pro Drive tractors, is a control and information terminal that provides operation and adjustment of isobus equipped implements, tractor functions and the display of steering guidance.
The terminal will offer start-up gear selection, flow timing for the tractor’s electronic spool valves and spool valve allocation onto switches or the built-in joystick.
Extended functionality will eventually include the integration of Topcon auto steering options and ‘fast steer’ – the latter reduces lock-to-lock steering from one and a half turns, to just half a turn.
McCormick used Lamma to reveal its first continuously variable transmission tractor.
Called VT Drive, the transmission was shown fitted to an X7.460 tractor, but can be specified on four- and six-cylinder X7 tractors with the exception of the X7.680 model.
The Terramatic transmission, developed by ZF, offers stepless drive from 50 metres/hour to 50kph.
Operated using software and a control mechanism developed by McCormick manufacturer Argo Tractors, the transmission offers modes for field and transport duties.
McCormick’s EasyPilot joystick controller has four speed ranges, which can all be customised by the operator.
Essentially the bigger brother of the MLT 840, using many similar features, Manitou launched a new telehandler to replace the MLT 1035.
The new MLT 1040, as its name suggests, has a lifting capacity of four tonnes and a reach of 10 metres (32ft 10in) via a three-stage boom.
Aimed squarely at the bulk handling market, power comes from a 137hp John Deere engine. Its five-speed, powershift transmission can be operated in both manual and automatic modes.
In auto mode, speed can be limited by pre-selecting the top gear, not allowing the transmission to go above that gear. Also in auto, you get torque lock-up in gears four and five, with a top speed of 40kph (25mph).
Comprising five wheeled machines and three tracked versions, John Deere has given its 9R tractor series a few tweaks.
Along with cleaner engines, now using a combination of exhaust gas recirculation and selective catalytic reduction to meet Stage 4 emissions levels, all models get 10hp extra to play with.
Articulated wheeled machines range from 462hp to 670hp (maximum power), while the twin track offering is from 517hp to 628hp (maximum power). For the 9570R, 9570RT and 9620R, these now get Cummins power.
Getting power to the ground is the new, full powershift, e18 gearbox, which also includes the firm’s Efficiency Manager, whereby you can set a target speed and the tractor will automatically manage the revs and ratios for optimum performance.
Up top is a refreshed cab, which now includes a new CommandArm with updated terminal for more tablet-like operation.
For the top three wheeled models, the tractors are equipped with front axle suspension, primarily to reduce power hop and make the most of available power.
Kubota has extended its range of compact equipment with the introduction of the RT series of pivot-steer compact wheeled loaders.
Built for Kubota by Dutch firm Tobroco, the RT series includes a range of operating weights from 1-3 tonnes, and with power outputs from 33-44hp from the use of Kubota diesel engines.
All models feature hydrostatic transmissions and specification can include either canopy or full cab versions. The loader can be equipped with mechanical or hydraulic quick attach, allowing easy change between four-in-one bucket, pallet forks and grab.
The Kubota RT range is priced from £20,485.
Massey Ferguson offered a surprise preview of its MF7700 tractor range, to be officially launched at SIMA. Powered by Stage 4 engines, the models will supercede the MF7600, and offer several new features.
With engines from 185-255hp (max) in the initial ‘large chassis’ release, power boost is available across the range, with engine power management on Dyna-4, Dyna-6 and Dyna-VT transmission options.
Recognising the popularity of continually variable transmissions in more powerful tractors, the flagship MF7726 can now be specified with a Dyna-VT box for the first time.
Other developments include an MF-designed and built front-axle suspension and a new dash with larger screen taken from the MF8700 range.
Small frame versions will be added later in the year.
Willowbrook Plant showed an ag-spec version of the Hyundai HL 757-9A wheeled loader, offering high-capacity materials handling for silage and grain operations.
With a 15-tonne capacity, this mid-range loader is powered by a 147kW (205hp) Cummins tier IVi engine and features a reverse fan and air pre-cleaner for dusty conditions, quick coupler and agricultural tread tyres.
Three engine power and four transmission shift modes allow operating modes to be selected to suit the job, and a kickdown button and shuttle controls integrated in the hydraulic lever make for ease of operation.
Agricultural attachments are sourced from specialist BA Caulkett and including the quick hitch and grain bucket, the HL 757-9A is priced at £112,000.
Tweaks to Kubota’s MGX tractor range now sees the 100, 110, 128 and 135 models benefit from an extended armrest, Cat III linkage, twin adjustable link arms (formerly one) and an instructor’s seat.
Badged as Series 2 models, these latest improvements now include built-in flow control for spool valves fitted to the range. The range is priced from £45,000-£60,000.
Landini has extended its 4 Series tractor range with four new models which slot in below the current 85-101hp models. Three of the new models will feature 2.9-litre engines that meet Stage 4 final emissions regulations and span 61-76hp, while a price-sensitive 75hp model using a 4.4-litre Perkins Stage 3 engine will also become available.
Elsewhere in the Landini line-up, the 88-113hp 5-H Series (pictured) is to get some upgrades. Key changes include the adoption of the 4 Series’ new cab offering a flat floor, improved all-round visibility from increased glass area, revised control layout, larger capacity fuel tanks and a boost in hydraulic pump performance.
Getting its first major appearance in the UK, Kramer launched its new 8-Series wheeled loader.
Replacing the 80-Series, the range comprises five wheeled loaders and two telescopic wheeled loaders.
On display was the 8095T, the successor to the 680T, with a 2.7-tonne lift capacity and a lift height of five metres (16ft 5in). As standard, it gets a 75hp engine, or as an option it can be specified with a 100hp motor. Both engines come from Deutz.
Transmission-wise, a two-range hydrostatic sees the loader reach 40kph (25mph), depending on specification.
Other features include boom suspension and hydraulic locking on the tool carrier.
Expect to pay somewhere mid £50,000 for an 8095T.
Sigma 4 presented its range of front-end loaders for the first time, comprising three ranges each with six sizes for tractors from 40-200hp.
The company pioneered hydraulic self-levelling, it says, but also offers mechanical self-levelling and non-levelling options, and uses industrial-spec engineering such as cast ends to the boom.
Sigma 4’s owner Augusto Gallignani has retained manufacturing rights to the Gallignani conventional baler after the round balers were divested to the Kverneland Group, and the latest version is aimed squarely at the equestrian market producing 460mm by 360mm (18in by 14in) bales.
Deutz has filled out its Agrovector telehandler range with the 33.7 – a machine viewed as an entry-level seven-metre (23ft) telehandler.
Sitting below the range-topping 37.7, the new model offers a 3.3-tonne lift capacity and a maximum lift height of 7m (23ft).
Powered by a Deutz TCD 3.6-litre engine, using a diesel oxidation catalyst to meet emissions legislation, the Agrovector 33.7 is available in two power ratings – 100hp and 120hp.
While the 100hp version comes with a four-speed powershift transmission, the more powerful model gets a six-speed powershift.
Banked grease nipples simplify daily and weekly maintenance requirements, while features such as hydraulic coupler depressurisation, auto-reversing fan, boom float and four-digit security code, add to the functionality of the machine.
The Agrovector 33.7 is priced from £63,000.
Construction equipment firm Liebherr showed off an ag-spec wheeled loader, badged the L542. The 163hp four-cylinder machine uses a hydrostatic transmission to offer fuel savings, says the firm, compared to conventional torque converter and powershift transmissions.
Equipped with a high-tip 4cu.m bucket and shod on 750/55 R26 tyres, the L542 is priced at £145,000.
Merlo has redeveloped its Multi Farmer to provide greater lift capacity at the three-point linkage, plus additional spool valves to help the handler deliver a wider repertoire with field duties.
Compared to the previous Multi Farmer, this latest offering packs a rear linkage offering a 7.1-tonne lift capacity (up from 3.6t) and the arrival of a fourth double-acting spool valve.
A two-speed pto continues to be offered, though changing between 540rpm and 1,000rpm speeds is now achieved from the comfort of the handler’s cab.
There are two models of Multi Farmer – the MF40.9CS and MF40.7CS – offering lift heights of nine metres (29ft 6in) and 7m (23ft), respectively, from the use of two-stage and three-stage telescopic booms.
Common to both models is a four-tonne lift capacity at the forks and the use of a 156hp Deutz turbo-charged diesel engine. Power goes to all four wheels through a CVT-Tronic two-speed hydrostatic transmission with auto-shifting function and 40kph (25mph) road speed.
Shod on 600/55 R26.5 tyres, the Multi Farmer range is priced from £101,000.
Among a host of new products on the Case IH stand, the firm took the opportunity to exhibit its new range of Farmall A tractors.
Four models make up the range from 86hp to 114hp, with power coming from four-cylinder, 3.4-litre FPT engines. Model for model, power is up by 4hp, maximum torque is increased by an average of of 4.4 per cent and rated engine speed has been reduced to 2,300rpm.
New models also feature an exhaust on the A pillar, plus a 10 per cent larger, 121-litre fuel tank.
Pto gearing has been revised resulting in an engine speed of 1,535rpm required to achieve the 540E pto speed, compared with 1,715rpm as before.
Other mechanical changes include a twin-pump hydraulic configuration with a total flow of 75 litres/min, with the option of a 100 litres/min unit. A new front axle carrier also allows the attachment of front linkage or loader.
Zetor showed the new Forterra 140HD, part of a higher horsepower and more sophisticated tractor range.
Three models from 130-150hp are powered by four-cylinder, 16 valve, turbocharged engines, and feature front axle and cab suspension.
Transmission is a 30 by 30 synchro powershuttle and hydraulic controls are grouped on a panel on the right hand console.
It has a four-speed pto and a rear linkage lift capacity of 8.5 tonnes, with a list price of £47,200. Plans are also afoot for more high powered models, topping out at 190hp.