Jim Hanley Farm Machinery Ltd based in Ashford Co Wicklow are the newly appointed Honda ATV dealer for Wicklow and Wexford offering the full range of Honda ATVs.
Jim Hanley Farm Machinery Ltd based in Ashford Co Wicklow are the newly appointed Honda ATV dealer for Wicklow and Wexford offering the full range of Honda ATVs.
Same Deutz-Fahr appoints new dealer for Tipperary
Suirway Farm Machinery has been awarded the Deutz-Fahr franchise by Same Deutz-Fahr to cover the Tipperary/east Waterford area of Ireland.
Based at Carrick on Suir, Co. Tipperary, the business is headed up by managing director James Coleman who started the agricultural machinery division of his forklift company two years ago.
“I aimed to develop the agricultural side of the business through the marketing of a range of well-established products before committing ourselves to a major tractor franchise,” he explains. “We have now reached that stage and we needed to be marketing a front line, award winning tractor brand which had the respect of our customers and had a reputation for reliability.”
Deutz-Fahr, with its enormous tractor range from 65hp through 270hp which caters for all classes of farming – from small-scale livestock enterprises to large scale arable businesses – was the obvious choice, he says.
“The use of Deutz-engines, the option of a well-proven CVT transmission which is even available for the lower horsepower bands, and a cab which offers incredible operator comfort makes these tractors an attractive option for all our customers.”
Mr Coleman adds that with Same Deutz-Fahr being one of the world’s leading tractor manufacturers he feels he has the depth of technical support and back-up which he and his customers can rely on.
Landini Landpower Series is Restyled
CESAR security for Massey Ferguson tractors
Massey Ferguson is fighting rural crime by now fitting the CESAR Security system as standard on all models from the MF 5400 Series and above. This added protection is proven to prevent theft as well as provide significant cuts in insurance premiums.
“Agricultural machinery theft continues to blight the industry,” says Ben Agar AGCO’s Manager, Marketing Services for UK and Ireland. “By factory-fitting CESAR we are making a practical move to help prevent theft. We believe, as a manufacturer, it is important to act responsibly and introduce measures to help our customers to not only protect their investment, but also guard against the massive unseen costs that often follow machinery theft.”
The CESAR plant and vehicle registration scheme is now standard on all tractors built in the Massey Ferguson Beauvais factory including all models in the MF 5400, MF 5600, MF 6400, MF 7600 and MF 8600 ranges.
For further protection Massey Ferguson also offers the option of AGCOMMAND – a GPS and telemetry-based tracking and monitoring system. This protects against theft by automatically sending instant alerts to owners when a vehicle leaves or enters certain areas, as well as providing a comprehensive fleet management system.
CESAR – Industry-standard security
Research shows CESAR equipped vehicles are four times less likely to be stolen and six times more likely to be recovered if taken.
The scheme provides highly visible, tamper evident triangular identification plates containing transponders to warn away thieves. Other tiny transponders are also hidden around the machine, which can be located and read by special scanners.
Hundreds of Datadots, with another unique number, are permanently concealed within the vehicle. These are virtually impossible to find and remove. Lastly, a forensic Datatag ‘DNA solution’, which is invisible to the naked eye, is applied to various parts of the machine and dripped into nooks and crannies.
This permanent identification deters criminals because it makes it far more difficult to conceal the machine’s true identity. But if a machine is stolen, it is much more likely to be recovered and returned because Police forces around the country carry scanners to quickly check and identify equipment.
Each machine is registered on a central database, with an emergency contact number. One recent example is a machine that was recovered near to the docks by a Police Officer suspicious of the load. A quick call to the owner confirmed the machine was missing from the shed – saving the owner thousands of pounds.
AGCOMMAND telemetry for security and control
AGCOMMAND, an advanced telemetry system developed by AGCO can also be used to track, monitor and control vehicles using GPS and a mobile telephone link to the internet.
This innovative system ensures owners know exactly where all machinery is at any time, night or day, as well as providing customers with a low cost, easy to use data recording and fleet management system. For iPhone and iPad owners, the system is even now easier to use with a new AGCOMMAND App, which can be downloaded from the App Store.
The first level of the new telemetry system, AGCOMMAND Standard Plus can be installed on any self-propelled machine. The system constantly logs and transmits data relating to location, engine operation, ground speed and working status, which can be easily monitored from a PC or smart ‘phone or tablet.
It will also keep owners and managers informed about routine maintenance requirements and this information can also be made available to the servicing dealer via a separate log in the AGCOMMAND server. All the data is recorded to common standards so it can be used by farm management software to create precise records and, for example, enable the calculation of operating costs.
The vehicle’s position is located by GPS and this, along with operating data is recorded every minute by the AGCOMMAND AM50 module which then transmits the data by a standard mobile phone SIM card, via the GSM network to AGCO’s central computer server.
The operating information is then made available on a special secure website. Individual user’s data is protected by a username and password and is accessed simply through a secure internet connection on a PC or via a mobile device.
Farmall U Pro Efficient Power – the new custom-made all-rounder
Case IH to launch new Farmall U Pro, an all-rounder precisely matched to modern requirements of mixed and livestock farms / Completely new development from St. Valentin, Austria / Tractor range features numerous innovations
Comprehensive market research and field testing on a scale rarely seen before on an all-round Case IH tractor has driven the development of the newly-announced Farmall U Pro, a new tractor concept designed by Case IH engineers to meet the requirements of today’s mixed and arable farms.
During the tractor’s test phase, numerous European farmers were asked about their exact operating requirements. That was followed by customer clinics at which prototypes and concepts were tested early on for their practical feasibility.
“What we discovered is that what European farmers require of a versatile all-round tractor has changed considerably in recent years,” says Remo Müller, Product Marketing Manager Europe for Farmall U. “Operating conditions are more varied, and application scenarios in terms of the equipment combinations used have become more professional.
“Powerful engines with high torque and lower fuel consumption, a comfortable working space, good terrain compatibility and an ideal partner for loader work are the most important requirements mentioned by farmers in our research. In the field, customers are also looking for flexible working environment at the front, rear and sides of the tractor, while they need tractors that can handle mounted implements that are getting larger and require higher performance from hydraulic systems.”
Clear specifications for Case IH engineers
Based on this up-to-date application profile, the new Farmall U Pro was developed completely from the ground up in St. Valentin. With the Farmall U Pro, Case IH presents a new all-round tractor that from the beginning has been developed to meet changed requirements for a versatile tractor to perform transport jobs, around-the-farm tasks and heavy tillage, as well as harvesting work.
Power comes courtesy of the latest engine technology. A 3.4 litre high pressure common rail engine with electronic fuel injection delivers powerful outputs and constant power between 1900 to 2200 engine rpm with minimal fuel consumption while complying with current emissions standards.
Three models in the new series will be available, with engine power outputs of 95, 105 and 115hp.
Comprehensive equipment now standard
In addition to the latest engine technology, the new Farmall U Pro also sets new standards in terms of equipment. The transmission has been developed in a joint project with ZF and features innovative details in this tractor class.
For the first time in a Case IH tractor of this class, a 32+32 Eco gearbox is used with four-speed powershift. A maximum speed of 40 kph is achieved in Eco mode at reduced engine rpm, making a considerable contribution to fuel savings.
The Farmall U Pro is also equipped as standard with a four-speed PTO with 1,900 rpm Eco speed – ideal for fuel-saving operation of PTO powered machinery such as balers while still benefiting from full power.
New cab design: more operator comfort
The new Premium cab is a Farmall U Pro hallmark. From outside the tractor is immediately recognisable thanks to its innovative roof design. A high visibility window is integrated directly into the front section of the roof, merging with the front windscreen. As a result it offers an almost seamless view of the front loader work area.
Efficient Power concept
Inside the cab the Case IH engineers have implemented the proven Efficient Power operator concept, built around the Multicontroller transmission lever. All the main functions required for daily work can be operated using this newly-developed controller, including rear hitch, power shuttle and power clutch, plus electronic remote valves. Mechanical remote valves are standard with the option of mechanically-controlled mid-mount valves for loader operation. As an additional option, a newly-developed joystick can be used to conveniently control all electro-hydraulic functions with a high level of precision. This layout sets new standards, particularly in front loader operation.
The innovative new design ensures the cab remains cool in warm weather and provides optimum soundproofing. There’s a revised climate control package, with all air inlets no higher than the dashboard to provide pleasant and draft-free ventilation.
Based on the research, Case IH engineers in St. Valentin created an extremely robust rear 3-point hitch. The Farmall U Pro is therefore ideally equipped to handle modern mounted equipment’s higher weights and widths. A powerful PFC hydraulic system with separate oil tank delivers an oil flow rate of up to 100 litres per minute.
The new design has also produced a very low centre of gravity, which considerably improves operation in rough terrain and increases safety, especially in hilly terrain.
The tractors’ front hitch area has also been designed with the linkage integrated into the tractor frame to be fully compatible with front loader operation. All Farmall U Pro models can be factory-installed with the brackets and hydraulic connections for front loader attachment.
The new Farmall U Pro has been developed and is manufactured at the Case IH St. Valentin plant in Austria, where all technical training for the product also takes place.
SAME has launched a completely new range of high performance tractors – the Virtus 100 (99hp), Virtus 110 (110hp) and Virtus 120 (122hp).
A key feature of these new models is their high power to weight ratio – the 122hp Virtus 120, for example, has a power-to-weight ratio of 38.5 kg/hp. Combined with a permissible load of 8,000 kg the result is a new tractor category which is considered to be unique in the market.
All Virtus models are powered by Deutz 4-cylinder, electronically managed common rail engines. The external liquid-cooled exhaust gas recirculation system combined with the POC filter and DOC catalytic converter reduce particulate and NOx levels to obtain optimum efficiency in terms of emission control. All Virtus models comply with Tier 4i emissions regulations and the engine delivers 95% of maximum power at just 1600 rpm.
In the transmission department a 60+60 Powershift transmission provides a top speed of 50 km/h, a working range from 2.9 to 16 kph and a 134 m/h creeper speed. The transmission also includes an automatic front wheel drive engagement and differential management system. There are four pto speeds of 540/540E/1000/1000E rpm and also a ground speed (Syncro) pto.
The SDF Sense Clutch hydraulic shuttle offers an important technological innovation in the Stop&Go system which allows the operator to control tractor forward and reverse movements using only the brake pedals without touching the clutch pedal. Loader work becomes easier as does hitching implements or making up-hill starts. The hydraulic shuttle lever incorporates a response control to select sharper or softer response from the shuttle, according to operating requirements.
For the hydraulics, the new tractors have a hydraulic system with a 90 l/min pump and the electronically controlled rear linkage has a lift capacity of 6600kg. Purchasers can specify 6/8-way mechanical remote control valves or more advanced proportional 6/8/10 way electric control valves, with flow/time control. When the lift and control valves are not in use the hydraulic system uses an automatic on/off valve in the hydraulic circuit to interrupt the oil flow to the services, diverting it to the transmission.
Virtus is also fitted with a Steering Double Displacement system (SDD) which, at the touch of a button, allows the operator to halve the number of steering wheel turns required to achieve maximum lock.
Braking efficiency is maximised through use of a hydrostatic braking system with independent oil bath disks on all four wheels. The Powerbrake system assists the operator during braking by reducing the load on the pedal while maintaining full braking capacity. All models are also equipped with the Park Brake system which is designed to ensure the tractor is always securely and efficiently immobilized.
For the operator, the cab is designed to ease the strain of long days in the field. Front axle suspension, pneumatic cab suspension and a cab offering simplicity of driving functions, all-round visibility combine to make the everyday work experience pleasant and comfortable.
Finally, Same points out that close attention has been paid to the choice of tyres which are available in diameters from 34” to 38” with widths suitable for ploughing, flotation, sowing and road transport. All combinations are available with heavy duty fixed and adjustable rims homologated for 50 km/h.
Same Virtus range
Model 100 110 120
Engine Type TCD 3.6L 04 Tier 4i
Power@rated speed (2200rpm) kW/hp 69.5/95 77/105 85.5/116
Maximum power@2000rpm kW/hp 72.5/98.5 81/110 89.5/122
Maximum Torque@1600rpm Nm 397 440 480
No of speeds (5 gears x 2 (or 4) ranges) 10 +10 (20 + 20 with Underdrive and Creeper) 30 + 30, HML (60 +60 HML with Underdrive and Creeper)
Maximum Speed 40 at ECO engine speed/50
Electrohydraulic 4WD/difflock engagement STD/ASM optional
Front axle suspension OPT
Braking on all four wheels STD/ Powerbrake optional
Parking Brake STD
Trailer brake Air/Hydraulic or both
Electronic rear linkage STD 4650kg or 6600kg
Pump capacity 60 STD/ 60 ECO (OPT)/90 (OPT)
PTO speeds 540/540E/1000/1000E
Groundspeed pto OPT
Front linkage and pto OPT 1850kg 1000rpm
PTO engagement Electrohydraulic
Class E cab STD
Mechanical or pneumatic suspension OPT
Wheelbase mm 2430 2430/2390 2440
Weight kg 4150 4300 4700
Max permissible load kg 7500 7500 8000
A new range of VarioStar cutting platforms, featuring a hydraulically operated extendable knife, is optionally available for all John Deere’s 2013 model year combines.
This versatile platform is available in four cutting widths of 6.1, 6.7, 7.6 and 9.15m, and can be used in all crops and conditions. The knife position is seamlessly adjustable from a control box in the cab over a distance of 500mm, without the need for any inserts or additional parts. The platform can also be converted in less than 15 minutes to harvest oilseed rape, using vertically mounted side knives stored in the platform trailer.
VarioStar is designed to deliver a good crop flow to evenly feed the combine, and incorporates a split 620mm diameter intake auger to maintain the combine’s high productivity. The knife is guided by a roller bearing which allows high ground speeds and is fully integrated into the combine’s active contour following system.
Specifically designed for European crops and conditions, John Deere’s W, T and S-Series combine range, introduced for the 2012 harvest season, features models from 260 to 617hp (maximum rating at ECE R120), providing even higher levels of grain harvesting productivity and operator comfort.
The top of the range S690 features the most powerful engine available in a combine today, and the largest grain tank, at 14,100 litres or 10 tonnes capacity, which can be emptied in just 105 seconds. In addition, W and T-Series models feature the largest active separation areas in the industry, at up to 3.36m2, and the largest grain tank available on a straw-walker machine, at 11,000 litres.
Key features of the 11-model range available in the UK and Ireland include an integrated 66cm (26in) wide rubber track design for S-Series models only, suitable for road speeds up to 30kph, with full hydraulic suspension and an overall transport width of 3.47m; newly designed transmissions and Premium cab; a new cleaning shoe with an active returns system plus a new high performance Variable Stream Rotor on the expanded S-Series range of three models; a wider range of cutting platforms up to 10.7m (35ft), including the versatile PremiumFlow header; an enhanced residue management system; and a wider range of flotation tyre options.
The newly consolidated John Deere range consists of the W540, W550, W650 and W660 conventional five and six straw-walker combines; the restyled five- and six-walker T550, T560, T660 and T670 models, featuring the company’s established tangential tine separation technology; and the S670, S680 and S690 combines, which now provide even greater harvesting capacity in all crops and conditions.
John Deere’s web-based JDLink telematics solution is supplied free, as standard, with new W, T and S-Series combine models for the first year of ownership. This system offers three specification levels, allowing it to be tailored to individual business needs. JDLink provides data on machine location and fuel consumption, as well as machine hour and location tracking, geofencing to protect a machine from misuse, and maintenance planning. This enables fleet owners and managers to determine, for example, if operators need more training.
JCB has won a landmark deal to supply
engines to the world’s leading manufacturer of street cleansing equipment.
The agreement – initially worth almost £3 million a year – has been secured
with Johnston Sweepers, which supplies its equipment to the public sector,
contractors, the rental market and airports through a network of 200 global
The contract is a significant milestone
for JCB as it has been secured just weeks after the new Tier 4 Ecomax engine
went into full production at JCB Power Systems in Foston, Derbyshire. JCB’s
engines already power more than 70% of the construction and agricultural
machines JCB manufactures every year.
JCB Powertrain Managing Director Malcolm
Sandford said: “JCB and Johnston Sweepers share the same values of producing
world-beating products driven by excellence in design, manufacturing and
efficient operation. The JCB Ecomax engine will deliver huge benefits to
Johnston Sweepers and we are delighted to secure this business.”
JCB won the order against fierce international
competition. Production of the engines for Johnston Sweepers’ equipment
will begin in December. Johnston Sweepers will predominantly be supplied
with JCB’s 4.4 litre 55kW Ecomax engine, which is Tier 4 final ready,
without the requirement for SCR systems or diesel exhaust fluid / Adblue™.
Founded in 1904 and with two British
factories, Johnston Sweepers sell all over the world including UK, Western
Europe, Australia, Russia and the USA. The JCB Ecomax engine will power
a new range of truck mounted sweepers for the company, known as the V Range,
which incorporates more than 1,000 design changes.
Graham Howlett, Johnston Sweepers’
UK Sales Manager, said: “With the advanced technology of the latest JCB
tier 4 compliant engine at the heart of the new sweeper range, we are maximising
performance, payload, fuel consumption and water conservation and producing
the most cost effective and practical city sweeper on the market.
“The JCB Ecomax engine is the cleanest
and most efficient engine available, designed and built in Britain by JCB.
They were chosen for their advanced engineering, the 55kW pack already
meeting future Tier 4 final emissions legislation.
“The engine delivers improved fuel
consumption and lower emissions, reducing operating costs and helping authorities
to improve their air quality scores, while also lowering vibration and
noise generation for greater operator comfort and overall less noise pollution.”
With the introduction of Tier 4 interim
legislation, most engine manufacturers set out to meet the massive reductions
in particulate emissions by incorporating a diesel particulate filter.
JCB used the new laws as an opportunity to innovate and engineer a solution
that meant no after-treatment and consequently lower running costs for
One of the major benefits is on fuel
consumption and the Ecomax engine achieves savings of up to 10% compared
to its Tier 3 counterpart. In addition, there is a huge maintenance
and service benefit with the Ecomax as it runs on standard engine oils,
with no additional service requirements.
JCB Marketing Manager Alex Wood is
among hundreds of people limbering up for an exciting charity events of
the year: the JCB Mud Run.
The 27-year-old, who works at JCB’s
World HQ is Rocester, Staffordshire, is among one of the first competitors
to sign up for the event in aid of the NSPCC, JCB’s nominated charity.
The JCB Mud Run will involve hundreds of entrants running, walking,
slithering and sliding their way around 20 obstacles across a 5 mile course
on JCB land near to the World HQ. It is expected to attract hundreds of
competitors from across Staffordshire and beyond.
Alex said: “I play a lot of sport
but have never taken part in a mud run. They are growing in popularity
across the UK and the JCB Mud Run will be great fun as well as putting
my fitness to the test. I’m really looking forward to taking part.”
Hayley Lowndes, 26, Community Liaison
Manager at the JCB Academy, Rocester, is also taking part. She said: “I’ve
never done a mud run before but having had a practice session, I’m really
looking forward to it.”
The event will take place on Saturday
November 10th and will raise money towards JCB’s £1 million NSPCC Appeal
which is paying for a specialist centre in Newcastle, Staffs, dedicated
to saving babies and young children across Staffordshire from abuse and
harm. Competitors can enter via www.eightpointtwo.co.uk
and run either as an individual or as a team of four. Entry is in advance
only and closes on 9th November 2012.
JCB is working with specialist challenge
event organiser Eight Point Two to build, excavate, construct and lift
challenging obstacles into place that competitors will climb over, swim
through, swing across and slide down in this charity mud run that will
test the endurance, co-ordination and strength of the participants.
Matt McClurg, JCB’s Worldwide Marketing
Director said: “Mud runs are increasing in popularity around the world
and this will be a real fun way of raising money for JCB’s NSPCC Appeal.
In addition, the strength and endurance needed to complete the course fits
well with JCB’s brand and machines.”
Entry is strictly limited to 1,500
places and every penny of every registration fee will be donated to the
NSPCC. Competitors will be allowed to be cheered on by supporters but these
must also be registered in advance to ensure that they can be transported
to the start.
PEORIA, Ill. – Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) unveiled the first model in its new line of hybrid excavators, the Cat® 336E H, at its Mossville Industrial Design Center on Oct. 16 at a special trade press event, “The Next Generation is Here.” The new 336E H will be sold and serviced exclusively through the global Cat dealer network following the machine’s official launch at bauma 2013 in Munich, Germany. The order board for the Cat 336E H opens in Feb. 2013, with factory shipments beginning in March 2013.
The Cat 336E H uses a new hydraulic hybrid technology developed by Caterpillar. “A hybrid is independent of any particular technology—it doesn’t have to be electric,” said Ken Gray, global product manager for large hydraulic excavators for Caterpillar’s Excavation Division. “There are many ways to store and reuse energy, including our patented hydraulic hybrid system featured on the Cat 336E H.”
“Caterpillar has developed, built, and tested electric hybrid excavators, but—until now—we had not found a hybrid approach that would actually lower our customers’ owning and operating costs,” Gray said. “Large excavators operate in high-production applications in which fuel is a very significant operating cost for our customers. So, the 336E H, the hybrid version of our workhorse 336E, is ideal for introducing our new hydraulic hybrid technology, with its more than 300 filed patents.”
“We can’t wait to see the reaction of our customers to the 336E H,” said Gray. “We’re confident they will be delighted. No other commercially available technology has higher power density than hydraulics, and that’s why we selected a hydraulic solution to help our customers achieve substantial fuel savings. The 336E H also meets stringent Tier 4 Interim/Stage IIIB emission standards. It is extraordinarily quiet, too. So it’s a socially responsible machine for our customers to own, and they will sacrifice nothing in terms of performance, power, force, speed or production. Once more, the owning and operating costs for the 336E H are actually lower than the standard machine. That’s the value customers expect from Cat excavators.”
“The 336E H is a game-changer—the most revolutionary excavator to come to market in decades,” said Gary Stampanato, vice president of Caterpillar’s Excavation Division. “Customers aren’t going to choose the 336E H simply because it is sustainable. They will select it because it actually lowers their owning and operating costs, and maintains the performance of our industry leader, the 336E. Caterpillar has the most productive and fuel-efficient excavator product line in the industry, and our customers are supported by the best dealers in the world. The 336E H extends our leadership, is the right thing to do for our customers and is a sign of great things to come.”