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New combine app launched at Agritechnica

November 25th, 2013 By admin

Setting and optimisation of John Deere combines has just got easier. The new GoHarvest mobile phone app announced at Agritechnica 2013 in Hanover, Germany, is now available as a free download for smartphones and tablets using both the Android and iOS operating systems.
Following the launch of the JDLink mobile app last year, this latest application allows operators to optimise their combine easily and always have the recommended John Deere settings to hand. In addition to the combine settings, the app also allows the user to improve performance by focusing on specific machine areas and evaluating losses.
The operator simply chooses the combine model – W, T or S-Series – and crop type. GoHarvest then suggests initial settings for the selected crop both inside the cab and around the machine using a series of straightforward menus, tips and yes/no options, illustrated by clear photographs and diagrams.
The app also features a notes section, a help page and a link to John Deere’s online dealer locator. In addition, GoHarvest is easy to use in the field for changing and recording the combine settings as harvesting conditions change.
GoHarvest is available in seven languages (English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish) from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

John Deere at Agritechnica 2013

November 25th, 2013 By admin

Following their European launch in Germany this summer, all John Deere’s new and updated products for 2014 were on display at this year’s Agritechnica exhibition in Hanover (12–16 November 2013).
Of the 70 new agricultural and turf products announced in August, visitors were able to see 27 tractor models from 80 to 120hp, the latest combines, round balers, mower-conditioners, sprayers and Gator utility vehicles, and the new silver award winning Hitch Assist and Smart Irrigation Systems.
With a total of five gold and 23 silver medal awards since 2001, John Deere is an industry leading innovator. This year’s stand was designed around nine separate product hubs displaying key John Deere solutions for a range of different customers, farm sizes and specialisations, with the focus on performance, uptime and low cost of operation.
Other features of the 6500m2 exhibit included a wide-screen cinema with seating for 60 people, a John Deere shop with the latest merchandise for customers and fans of the brand, a customer centre and a dedicated dealer area. The centrally located customer centre featured John Deere FarmSight, finance and product support solutions, including PowerGard maintenance and protection programmes, parts and other aftermarket services.
New product details, technical data and other company related information were provided by state-of-the-art ‘innovation towers’, numerous touch-screen tables and John Deere product representatives equipped with a total of 230 iPad computers.

JCB ANNOUNCES $500,000 DONATION OF KIT TO PHILIPPINES DISASTER

November 20th, 2013 By admin

British digger maker JCB today responded
to the Filipino typhoon disaster with the news that machines and generators
worth more than $500,000 are to be provided to assist in the aftermath
of the catastrophe.

The company is sending a fleet of
three 3CX backhoe loaders to help in the clear up operations following
Typhoon Haiyan which was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded
on land and which has left up to 2,500 people dead. In addition more than
120 JCB electrical generators are being provided through the company’s
Filipino dealer Camec.

The generators are already being used
to power community buildings, including hospitals and local authority premises.
The JCB backhoes will be deployed in clear up operations in the province
of Tacloban City.

JCB has a long history of helping
countries affected by major natural disasters and this is the second time
the company has sent aid to the Philippines. In 2006 JCB sent a fleet of
3CX backhoe loaders after Typhoon Reming hit the Bicol region, destroying
much of the infrastructure.

Today JCB Chairman Lord Bamford said:
“The human suffering and scenes of devastation in the Philippines have
been heart-rending and I hope JCB’s contribution to the relief effort
will help, in some small way, those who are bearing the brunt of this disaster.
One of the main challenges facing rescue workers is clearing roads in the
affected areas and the JCB backhoe is exactly the right machine for the
job of removing debris.”

The versatile JCB backhoe loader is
the ideal machine for disaster situations thanks to its front shovel which
can be used as a bulldozer and rear excavator that not only be used to
dig emergency drains, but also to crane heavy objects. Crucially, the machine
can get from site to site under its own steam with no need for additional
transport.

JCB Power Products offers a comprehensive
range of 170 different of generators ranging from 1kVA to 3300 kVA in both
diesel and petrol powered configurations. The generators despatched to
the disaster zone are all small petrol models which can be carried easily
by two people. They are ideal for powering medical equipment, fridges and
microwaves as appliances can simply be plugged into the generator.

Brogan’s Tractors Duncormick

November 12th, 2013 By admin

Brogan’s Tractors, established by Pat and Margaret Brogan in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon in 1986 have recently opened their second farm machinery branch. “Brogan’s Tractors Duncormick” is the new name of this branch in Duncormick, Co. Wexford which will be managed by Pat’s eldest son Niall.
Following the purchase of the garage and farm machinery stock from Duncormick Tractors, the Brogan’s have already returned to offering the high quality service and supply of spare parts which was synonymous with this garage and the late Nick Gore for decades.
The garage will continue as main Landini and McCormick dealers and Niall Brogan has also retained the services of Tom Whitty. Tom, who joined the garage in 1980 brings a wealth of experience and his service knowledge of Landini, McCormick and Ursus tractors is recognised far and wide.
Niall Brogan, a qualified agricultural mechanic has previously operated the stores at the home garage in Strokestown. Niall understands the importance and benefits of running an efficient parts department and he is keen to develop a new agri-stores in Duncormick.
For Pat and Margaret Brogan, the expansion of their farm machinery business is a huge challenge but they are committed to supplying proven and reliable farm machinery supported by a quality service to the south east.

John Deere brand leaps ahead

October 21st, 2013 By admin

John Deere has made a further leap ahead in the Interbrand ranking of the ‘100 best global brands’* for 2013.

According to the latest report, John Deere’s assessed brand value stands at US$4.865 billion, a further 15 per cent increase compared to the previous year. The company is now ranked in 80th place, having moved up from 85 in 2012 and 97 on its first appearance in the top 100 in 2011. This continues to place John Deere ahead of other well-known worldwide brands including Jack Daniels, Ralph Lauren and Pizza Hut.

“John Deere continues to demonstrate its commitment to building leading products for those ‘linked to the land’,” comments Interbrand on its website www.interbrand.com

“The brand’s commitment to environmental sustainability initiatives, strategic focus and organisational realignment and the strengthening of its forestry and construction business exemplifies how a Moline, Illinois-based company, most commonly associated with tractors and farm equipment, can continue to deliver on growth targets while broadening public perception of what it means to ‘Run Like a Deere.’”

“The ranking improvement not only recognizes John Deere’s growth outside North America, it also reflects the company’s ongoing commitment to helping our customers meet the world’s increasing need for food, fuel, fibre and infrastructure,” says Deere & Company agriculture & turf division president Mark von Pentz.

Even more performance for the New Holland CR combine harvester

October 18th, 2013 By admin

At the Agritechnica 2013 trade fair, New Holland will unveil the Dynamic Feed Roll™ technology as an option for the powerful twin-rotor combine harvesters, the CR 8000 and CR 9000.

The feed roll with its new dynamic stone protection system is installed tangentially across the two longitudinal rotors in the combine harvester.

The Dynamic Feed Roll delivers the harvested grain uniformly to the twin rotors as well as providing an effective method for stone protection on the move, by way of a stone catcher trough beneath the feed rotor.

Many years of trials at the R&D Centre in Zedelgem have demonstrated that this feed roll delivers tangible benefits in terms of grain quality. Furthermore, the tests have shown that the Dynamic Feed Roll requires no additional power requirement because the improved crop delivery to the rotor area actually reduces the need for power.

The advantages for the user are very evident indeed:

• continuous ‘non-stop’ stone protection
• excellent grain quality
• improved crop flow through continuous supply to the rotor
• less strain on the rotor drives

New snow blowers for John Deere lawn tractors

October 14th, 2013 By admin

John Deere has introduced two new snow blower attachments for its X300 and X500 Select Series lawn tractors, in time for this year’s winter season.

Durable and easy to install, these 112 and 119cm (44 and 47in) snow blowers increase the versatility of Select Series lawn tractors for year-round use. Both domestic and professional users will find them simple to use and highly efficient at clearing snow from pathways, building frontages and yards.

The two-stage design allows these snow blowers to perform consistently in various operating conditions. Protected by a heavy-duty steel housing, a low-speed 305 or 406mm (12 or 16in) diameter auger gathers the snow. A high-speed rotor then discharges it at a constant velocity, even in light snow conditions, through a rotatable chute. Constructed from high molecular weight plastic, the rotor is sturdy and resistant to rust.

Attachment to the front of the tractor and removal are made simple with a quick-hitch mounting system, with the snow blower locking onto the hitch. Designed and built by John Deere, these new snow blowers are making their European debut after many years of proven performance in the US, and are available now from the UK & Ireland John Deere dealer network.

John Deere launches new entry-level mower for professionals

October 1st, 2013 By admin

John Deere is expanding its range of walk-behind commercial mowers with the new PRO 47V. This robust, entry-level rotary mower is specifically designed for the needs of smaller landscaping businesses or as an additional machine for contractors, amenity managers and other turf professionals.

With a cutting width of 47cm (18½in), the PRO 47V is light and easy to operate, and highly manoeuvrable even in difficult areas or around landscape features and other obstacles. Its comparatively low weight and comfortable carry handles allow one person to transport the machine easily, which is particularly useful when frequently changing work locations. The folding handle and compact size of the mower also make it easy to transport, even in smaller vehicles.

Equipped with a powerful Subaru engine rated at a nominal 3.2kW and with variable-speed two-wheel drive, the mower is suitable for working in a range of different mowing conditions on grass areas up to 2500m². The rear collector capacity is 65 litres, and cutting height is adjustable from 25 to 80mm (1 to 3in).

In addition, the PRO 47V has a corrosion-resistant, steel-reinforced aluminium chassis including front protection. The proven TurboStar System delivers reliable mowing and collection performance, and other features include a professional standard transmission and tyres, and an optional mulching kit.

JCB LAUNCHES NEW WHEELED LOADERS AT AGRITECHNICA

September 30th, 2013 By admin

JCB TM180 and TM220

A package of upgrades ensures that
the JCB TM180 and TM220 compact telescopic wheeled loaders continue to
punch above their weight. The main change is the switch to the sophisticated
JCB Diesel by Kohler engine which provides more power and torque, as well
as lower running costs and cleaner emissions. This Stage IIIB/Tier 4 2.5-litre
engine meets the next stage of emissions regulations without the need for
a diesel particulate filter or external exhaust after treatment, in line
with the innovative JCB Ecomax engine, which is fitted into machines spanning
the 74hp to173 hp range.

Other changes include a re-designed
rear chassis that allows towing – up to 3.5 tonnes – for the first time,
and the introduction of a high-speed option for the TM180 that increases
top speed from 20kph to 35kph for quicker travel between sites. The TM220
already has a 40kph top speed option.

Off-road, the new option of a 100%
locking front differential on both machines adds to their traction potential.

Handling performance is already competitive
so remains unchanged. The TM180 lifts 1800kg to a full-height of 4.5m when
measured with pallet forks and it can handle more than a tonne with the
telescopic boom level and fully extended – useful real-world performance.

If more handling muscle is needed,
then the TM220 fits the bill with 2200kg maximum lift to about the same
height and 1250kg fully out-stretched to off-load a trailer of fertiliser
bags or place silage into a feeder.

However, boom end-damping, adaptive
load control to guard against forwards instability and a choice of three
quickhitches add to the comfort, safety and versatility of these machines.
Changes beneath the surface are highlighted by a new joystick control with
range-shift button and a more informative new instrument cluster in the
cab, as well as fresh styling for the counterweight and engine cover.

It is beneath the engine cover that
the biggest change is evident – a 2.5-litre direct injection JCB Diesel
by Kohler 2504 TCR engine now powers both machines, with Euro Stage 3B
/ US Tier 4 Interim emissions achieved without exhaust after-treatment.

The TM180 gains a useful 4.3% increase
in power to 48kW (65hp). Power output for the TM220 is unchanged at 56kW
(75hp) but the engine’s common rail fuel injection, four-valve cylinder
head and sophisticated exhaust gas recirculation combine to generate 20%
more torque: 300Nm at 1500rpm with almost 90% still available at just 1000rpm.

Low oil consumption and 500-750 hour
oil filter intervals (subject to operating conditions) will help keep running
costs of these versatile loaders in check.

JCB Farm Master 413S Agri

Increased engine and hydraulic power
for added performance, plus an all-new cabin that will make life more comfortable
for the operator, are key features of the new JCB Farm Master 413S Agri
wheeled loader.

Performance gets a shot in the arm
with a 12% increase in peak power and 3% gain in peak torque by upgrading
from the 4.4-litre JCB Dieselmax to the new 4.8-litre JCB Ecomax engine
with 108kW (145hp) and 550Nm torque.

In the hydraulics department, the
twin gear pump installation of the outgoing 412S model has been replaced
by a load-sensing variable output piston pump with 23% more output at 156-litres/min.
It also brings fuel-saving potential and less wear and tear by delivering
only as much oil as the machine needs.

Introducing electro-hydraulic proportional
control for the auxiliary valves means that the third and fourth spools
can be controlled at the same time, and the new constant flow options equips
the 413S to power attachments such as a sweeping brush and snow blower.

A high lift option giving 6% more
load-over height than standard will be welcomed by operators filling high-sided
trailers and bio-energy feedstock bunkers.

The most striking change, however,
is the new styling and cab, which bring practical improvements as well
as giving the machine a sleeker, more modern appearance that will appeal
to professional operators. The cab is significantly larger, quieter and
more comfortable, with a new instrument display set in front of the driver
providing more useful information. Optional climate control air conditioning
has been added to automatically maintain a comfortable temperature.

Visibility to the rear is better thanks
to the compact, sloping engine cover, and the glazing should stay cleaner
now that the chassis-mounted mudguards fully cover all tyre sizes. With
service items more accessible on the JCB Ecomax engine, looking after the
new JCB Farm Master 413S Agri will be an easier experience.

WORLD’S BIGGEST JCB DEALER DEPOT OPENS AFTER £6M NVESTMENT

September 24th, 2013 By admin

The world’s biggest JCB dealer depot
has officially opened its doors for business after a £6 million investment
designed to accelerate growth in one of the company’s most important markets.

Stroykomplekt (SKL) is the JCB dealer
in Ekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth largest city and home to 1.3 million
people. From its base, the company covers a vast area of almost 7 million
km² (2.7 million square miles) and in the past seven years has seen a 10-fold
increase in sales. SKL’s new facility covers 3,500m² and has a showroom
for 25 machines as well as an impressive parts and service operation.

The honour of officially opening the
new premises fell to JCB CEO Alan Blake who described Russia “as one of
the jewels in the crown of JCB’s global sales regions.”

“Almost one in four machines sold
in Russia is made by JCB”, Alan Blake said. “This success could not have
been achieved without excellent dealers; dealers with vision; dealers who
are prepared to invest and dealers with ambition. And this is what we have
with Stroykomplekt.

“By investing £6 million in new premises
Stroykomplekt has demonstrated not only a commitment to providing excellent
service support but also great ambition to grow their business. The opening
of this fantastic new building sets the standard for others to follow.”

JCB sold its first machine in Russia
- a backhoe loader – in 1979 as part of the build-up to the Moscow Olympics.
Today the company sells a wide range of other equipment in the country
including tracked and wheeled excavators, telescopic handlers, mini excavators,
wheeled loading shovels and skid steer loaders.

Across Russia and the CIS JCB’s dealers
have a network of 70 depots with another six opening this year.