Part of the attraction at the Lamma Show is the variety of equipment on display. Away from farm machinery and equipment, you might find inspiration among the waste, recycling, forestry and construction sectors. Geoff Ashcroft reports.
As a source for information, Lamma’s variety of exhibitors offers the chance to explore new business opportunities, for those farming businesses seeking to supplement income or expand their activities.
Such opportunity has attracted many different companies to the event, showcasing equipment and resources in a wide variety of sectors that compliment farming. These include waste, recycling, forestry and construction equipment.
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The latest Hyundai earth moving kit will be on display with Willowbrook Plant Sales, including the R125LC-9A, 13-tonne excavator.
Launched in 2014, the R125LC-9A is a short-radius excavator, with a reduced rear overhang. As a result, it is suited to operating in confined spaces. Added versatility comes from the option of a dozer blade, which can be used to help clean up sites, or to level the excavator when working on slopes.
Power comes from a Perkins 1204E Engine. This Stage 3b compliant engine offers a 5 per cent fuel saving in comparison to previous models, thanks to its variable speed engine cooling fan, two-stage auto deceleration system and an economy mode, when full power is not required.
Worsley Plant will be showing a range of hydraulically powered crushing and screening buckets at Lamma, for use with excavators and loaders, plus a range of demolition and sorting grabs too.
The firm says such attachments provide a low-cost route into on-farm recycling of aggregates - for example. Derelict or disused buildings, walls or even rock outcrops that offer little use, can be crushed into a useful sub-base material for farm tracks and foundations.
With crushing and screening buckets from Worsley Plant, the firm says on-site processing of existing materials is possible, eliminating the need to load demolished material onto trucks, skips or dumpers and have to pay to take it away.
The firm cites a farmer in Anglesey, who has saved over £5,000 on materials that would have had to be bought and transported to site. But by crushing rock that was previously unusable on the farm, and reusing it for barn foundations, he has been able to recycle at a fraction of the cost of buying new material.
Concrete crusher firm Red Rhino will be showing its full range of mobile tracked crushers at Lamma.
Models extend from the range-topping 7000-series equipped with Grizzly feeder, down to the tractor-mounted 2000-series.
This linkage-mounted, pto-powered model offers a throughput of six tonnes/hour, and is also available as a skid-unit, using a three-phase power supply.
When it comes to handling logs and timber, Irish manufacturer Glebe Fabrications has developed the Timber Croc. Using a series of free-swinging, toothed metal bars hanging in a frame, the device allows logs to be securely held, while being sawn.
In addition to the free-standing version, Timber Croc is also available as a linkage-mounted version, making it easier to transport around the farm, for tree maintenance and processing.
Eco Baughan 2000 will be using Lamma to show the Mk 3 version of its Jobber tracked crusher.
Based on its Mk 2 Jobber, the Northants-based manufacturer has altered the dimensions of the crusher box from 51 by 56cm to 66 by 46cm (20 by 22in, to 26 by 18in). This, says the firm, has increased throughput potential to 20-50 tonnes/hour depending on material being processed.
Baughan’s Jobber Mk 3 also features a vibrating grizzly feeder, steel work platform and can provide a 5-8cm (2-3in) crushed material size.
The companie’s Middi two-way split screener will also be on display. And its not just rubbles and aggregates that can be processed to good effect with the Middi - the company says the two-way screen can also be used for sizing compost.
Road specialist MP and KM Golding will be showing its services and equipment used to repair and rebuild potholed and worn farm tracks and roadways.
Rather than start with new stone, the firm has specialised in recycling old roadways.
The process starts with crushing. By ripping and crushing material from an existing track, materials can be processed and reinstalled. Once crushed, material is re-laid, levelled and compacted to create a tightly-packed, hard-wearing surface.
Grading is carried out to put a camber on the surface, to provide drainage.
And with the addition of a cement binding material that can be mixed into the existing materials, the road can be stabilized to boost its strength, producing a hard surface said to be capable of withstanding heavy traffic.