Archive for September, 2009

New Holland T9030 causes a stir at Tillage 2009

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

New Holland’s T9000 is out and about for the first time. It’s touring the country and very effectively demonstrating that wheeled articulated tractors are very capable of being an integral part of today’s arable farm. The 390 horsepower T9030 was spotted at the Tillage 2009 event in Down Ampney in Gloucestershire – flanked by a New Holland T8000 and T7000. For this event, the new T9030 was fitted with Intellisteer™ guidance and equipped with Trelleborg 900/60R38 tyres, which give a compact transport width of just 3.4 metres. The T9000 range is already generating a lot of interest amongst farmers who currently have rubber tracked crawlers but are increasingly keen to reduce their machinery operating running costs.

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T9030, just in case you didnt know its the bigger one......

T9030, just in case you didnt know its the bigger one......

New commercial reel mower from John Deere

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Designed for maximum durability and operator comfort, John Deere’s new 8400 Commercial triple reel mower features high capacity Jumbo cutting units and a unique Cross Cut function for increased productivity in a range of commercial mowing applications.

Target customers for this new 37hp mower are local authorities, contractors and landscapers. Key features include the 25cm (10in) six-blade cutting units, with an overall cutting width of 2.13m (84in), and John Deere’s established GRIP all-wheel drive traction system for effective mowing on slopes – both firsts on a John Deere commercial triple mower; an operator CommandARM which moves with the seat and puts all the mower controls at the driver’s fingertips; a ROPS and deluxe air suspension seat as standard; and Twin Touch pedal foot controls in a spacious operator platform.

The durable, heavy-duty Jumbo cutting units have been specially designed for cutting long grass on road verges, parks and sports fields, and other public and private green spaces. They feature robust lift arms, self-cleaning smooth rear rollers and easy reel to bedknife adjustment, with cutting height also easily adjustable from 20 to 100mm (¾ to 4in).

For more effective grass dispersion, the two front cutting units throw the grass out to each side of the machine, so that the middle unit does not have to handle the extra clippings. All three cutting units are also equipped with deflector shields to improve the distribution of clippings on wet turf.

The 8400 uses a turbocharged Tier 3 diesel engine with direct injection and a fuel capacity of 49 litres, to maintain high performance levels in the toughest conditions. The GRIP four-wheel drive system is permanently engaged when driving forward; this reduces wheel slip by sending the hydraulic oil flow from the front wheels to the opposite rear wheels to maintain traction, not only when climbing straight up hillsides but also when working across slopes.

John Deere’s Cross Cut feature is the only one of its type offered on a commercial triple mower, and makes turning and switching from mowing to transport very quick and easy. A rocker switch on the CommandARM allows all the reels to be lifted just off the ground when turning and then lowered back to the mowing position. When the right hand side of the switch is pressed continually, the reels lift up from the mowing to the transport position.

Three further switches control each of the cutting units individually, which is useful when mowing in and around confined spaces. The reels are automatically engaged and disengaged when the cuttings units are lowered and lifted.

8400 Commercial Mower

8400 Commercial Mower

New Holland gets in touch with history

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Vintage style is all the rage at the moment, and New Holland brings its very own touch of retro to Saltex to gauge reaction to its classic style.

The Boomer 8N was launched to great acclaim in the USA last winter, with the first nine months of production already sold out, and British purchasers are expected to warm to its charms with equal enthusiasm.

Its distinctive styling mirrors the original iconic 8N, but this is combined with the very latest technology from New Holland – the award winning EasyDrive continuously variable transmission, offering the ease of operation of a modern tractor.

Likely to appeal to the rural lifestyle customer and image-conscious professionals alike, this 50hp compact tractor is ideally suited to those who wish to mix the classic charm of yesteryear with the reliability and efficiency of a modern machine, whether on the polo field or golf course.

Sporting a red chassis, grey hood and fenders to give it the look and feel of the original 8N, the new model breaks away from New Holland’s now-legendary blue livery. Customers can also make the Boomer 8N their own with a choice of canopies, decals and chrome accessories.

Derived from the highly successful Boomer 3000, the 8N version retains the 2.2 litre, four cylinder naturally aspirated diesel engine which combines with the EasyDrive transmission for efficient, effortless driving.

Four-wheel drive is standard for improved traction and manoeuvrability, while the deluxe three-point hitch with telescoping stabilisers has 1600kg lift capacity to handle a range of implements. Attachment is eased by a two-position extendible swinging drawbar.

Modern creature comforts are provided for the driver, with a large platform, adjustable seat, and tilting/telescoping steering column, while traditional styling is continued in the instrumentation.

New Holland is keen to get customer feedback on the Boomer 8N, which is sure to attract plenty of attention at IOG Saltex 2009.

New Holland Boomer 8N

New Holland Boomer 8N

John Deere unveils new 8R and 8RT Series tractors

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Introducing new levels of productivity and operator comfort for large arable farmers and contractors, John Deere has announced its new 8R and 8RT Series tractors, which include the industry’s first ever tracked models with an infinitely variable transmission. Following the company’s new numbering strategy, these tractors replace the current 8030 Series models.

Key features include:

  • increases of 15 to 20hp compared to the previous 8030 Series models, with up to 380hp on the largest models for increased productivity while maintaining optimum fuel economy;
  • a new, spacious CommandView II cab for maximum operator comfort and performance;
  • a choice of 16/5 automatic PowerShift or AutoPowr infinitely variable transmissions on all models except the top of the range 8345R and 8345RT, which are AutoPowr only – both transmissions allow a 24 per cent increase in transport speed to 42kph;
  • all-new 8RT track tractors, including a new AirCushion suspension system for a smoother, faster ride both on the road and in the field, plus availability of the established AutoPowr transmission for the first time on tracked machines.

The new CommandView II cab has been significantly enhanced compared to its predecessor. The right-hand console has been removed entirely, and the cab now features seven per cent more glass and 10 per cent more interior volume, four times the storage space and 25 per cent extra seat swivel. Most functions that were formerly located on the right-hand console have been relocated to the redesigned CommandARM, including a new 7in CommandCentre colour display.

The 8R Series wheeled tractors are equipped with front axle independent link suspension (ILS), with Active Seat as the secondary suspension system. This isolates the operator from 90 per cent of the vertical movements in typical tractor applications, meaning less operator fatigue and more comfort at faster field speeds.

All 8R and 8RT Series tractors for EU markets are equipped with a 9 litre four-valve common rail John Deere PowerTech Plus diesel engine, which incorporates variable geometry turbocharger (VGT) and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) technology to meet Tier III emission requirements. The engine is also equipped with Intelligent Power Management (IPM), which provides up to 35 additional hp in non-stationary pto and transport applications, and up to 47 additional hp with maximum IPM at 1900rpm.

The AutoPowr transmission exclusively enables John Deere tracked tractor owners to precisely vary their speed and even operate the tractors with creeper speeds as low as 50m/hr. In addition, fuel tank capacity on the tracked models has been increased by more than 50 per cent, to 758 litres.

The new undercarriage suspension with AirCushion system on 8RT Series tractors significantly improves overall ride quality and operator comfort. These models have one air cushion bag and one track tension accumulator per track, compared with two on the current 9030T Series.

Wheelbase of the tracked tractors has been lengthened by 254mm (10in), providing a longer footprint to deliver the higher horsepower to the ground. In addition, this increased length helps to distribute the weight better and provide a smoother ride. The new tracks are available in widths of 635 or 762mm (25 or 30in).

Both 8R and 8RT Series tractors now feature intelligent total equipment control (iTEC), which replaces the previous implement management system (IMS). This integrated tractor and implement control system is easy to set up and operate, relieving the operator’s workload and saving time during headland turns.

In addition, a range of AMS guidance solutions are available across the range. All models will come AutoTrac-ready as standard, while optional upgrades include iTEC Pro for automatic headland turns and iGuide passive implement control for more accurate work in hilly conditions.

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8345R tractor and 7950i forage harvester

8345R tractor and 7950i forage harvester

8Rcab

8Rcommandview

8320RT

8320RT

McCormick MC 115

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

If you want a combination of efficiency, power, and agility in a tractor, the MC115 has got it all. Proven powerful, supremely slick four speed powershift transmission with power shuttle and an almost impossibly tight turning circle makes the MC115 a delight to work with in all operations. Not to mention a fresh new look to the exterior styling of the McCormick range of tractors, which comprises of redesigned graphics and a charcoal grey chassis.

High achiever. Low consumer.

The MC115 is one of the most powerful 4 cylinder tractors available. This Tier3-compliant 4.4 litre engine features a revised combustion chamber and cylinder head design that complements the viscous fan and wastegate turbo charger to ensure maximum power and economy are delivered. This high power to weight unit provides outstanding performance normally associated with 6 cylinder units. The 40 Kph transmission features a 4-Speed Powershift, through 16 Forward and 12 Reverse speeds.

Now you can really get things moving

A powerful hydraulic system, which uses an axial piston type pump, supplies the hydraulic system with up to 109 litres per minute and three spool valves as standard. The electronic hitch controls are straight forward and the depth knob is simple and effective.

Robust Design

A heavy duty category III linkage provides up to 5871kg lifting capacity and is fitted with a Hydraulic Push-Back hitch. The robust design of the link arms and stabilisers mean plenty of strength to handle all implement combinations. The MC shares the turnbuckle height adjustment design and stabiliser bar with the larger MTX models, a design that has been proven in the past.

The MC115 will always make the turn, even when it’s tight.

Narrow feed passages or small yards? For the MC115 a 55° turning angle and 6° castor angle gives the Carraro front axle turning circles as tight as 4.45m.The full glass doors and large windows ensure an excellent 320 degree view of all implements.

MC115

Deere & Company Board of Directors Approves Additional Investment In Russia

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

MOLINE, Illinois (August 31, 2009) — The Deere & Company Board of Directors
has approved an investment plan to establish a manufacturing and parts center in
Russia. The project will be located near Moscow, in close proximity to the Domodevedo
International Airport.

The new site will have the capability to manufacture a broad range of John Deere
products, including tractors and harvesting equipment, as well as construction and
forestry products. At the same time, Deere will consolidate several depots into one site
to improve parts and after-sales service to customers.

“Russia will be a major contributor to meeting the world’s future needs for food
and forestry products,” said Samuel R. Allen, president and chief executive officer. “John
Deere’s products and solutions can greatly improve agricultural and forestry productivity
through the use of advanced technology. Therefore, our investment in this new facility
helps Deere prepare to significantly contribute to the Russian government’s vision for
expanding exports from Russia in these important sectors. ”

Allen said today’s announcement is the first step to achieve the vision for Russia
that Deere announced in July 2009 at the US-Russia Business Summit and indicated the
company’s intention to significantly expand its presence in the country, which Deere
views as an important growth market for agriculture, forestry and construction
equipment.

The project announced today complements Deere’s planned investment in a
national operations and training center in the Kaluga region and its existing seeding
equipment manufacturing facility in Orenburg.

“Our strategic investments reflect Deere’s confidence in the potential of the
Russian market, the strength of our dedicated dealers and employees, and the support
of the Russian national and local authorities, particularly in the Kaluga, Orenburg, and
Moscow Oblasts,” said Mark von Pentz, president in John Deere’s Agriculture and Turf
Division.

As government policies and market conditions allow, Deere intends to expand
the company’s presence in Russia in its current facilities and in other locations around
the country, von Pentz said.

John Deere has been doing business in Russia for more than 100 years and
recently has invested to expand operations, employment and sales in the Russian
Federation. Today, Deere’s dealer partners span the major agricultural and forestry
regions. In total, Deere has a network of more than 70 sales locations across the
country with employment in Russia at Deere and its independent dealerships
approaching 2000 people.
Deere opened a forestry sales branch in Saint Petersburg in 2002; an agricultural
sales branch in Moscow in 2003; a manufacturing facility for seeding equipment in
Orenburg in 2005; and added construction equipment sales to the Moscow branch
operations in 2009. The company also has announced its intention to develop an
operations and training center in Kaluga.
John Deere (Deere & Company — NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing
advanced products and services for agriculture, forestry, construction, lawn and turf
care, landscaping and irrigation. John Deere also provides financial services worldwide
and manufactures and markets engines used in heavy equipment. Since it was founded
in 1837, the company has extended its heritage of integrity, quality, commitment and
innovation around the globe.