Archive for November, 2009

Armstrongs of the Naul Co. Dublin

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

In 1954 Robert Armstrong started a machinery business in Drogheda Co Louth selling Claas Combines for Louth. Alex Hutchinson joined the team at Armstrongs in 1969. New Holland became the franchise of Armstrongs in 1976 coupled with a change of premises to the Slane Rd in Drogheda.

Ownership of Armstrongs was taken over by Alex  Hutchinson in 1984 where business continued at the Slane Rd branch. With changing times saw the change to a new  premises in 1999 to the Naul Co. Dublin, to where operations are still performed today. Alex has 2 of his sons to help take on the responsibilities of the business, Charles who is the General Manager and Workshop Manager and James who is in sales, ensuring the best possible service at all times.

Alex is part of the Fingal Show Committee, with this he gets to show some of his prize possessions one of which is a world record holder. An all original 1966 Clayson M89 Combine which took part at the World Record Combine event this year, it was the oldest combine at the event. A 1965 Claas Matador standard is also part of the fleet which was originally sold from Armstrongs when new where Alex knew its history and bought it and maintained it to this day.

Armstrongs are to this day a main New Holland Dealer as well as agents for Knight, Gem Sprayers, Kuhn, Lely, Sulky and NC trailers. Armstrongs were one of the first dealers to come on board with we wish them the best and thank them for the support they have provided. You can view Armstrongs stock here.

New John Deere Golf range takes pride of place at Harrogate

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Machines from John Deere’s brand new 2010 product range for golf courses and amenity turf will be the centrepiece of the company’s stand at Harrogate Week in January (main stand no. B41).

Several of the new mowers on show incorporate the award winning Quick Adjust 5 and Quick Adjust 7 cutting units, featuring a unique Speed Link system for extremely quick height of cut adjustment; this new technology effectively allows the reels on an entire fleet to be set in the time it previously took to adjust the height of cut on just one mower.

Additional new machines include the 220e E-Cut hybrid walk-behind greens mower; the8000e E-Cut three-wheeled, ultra-light hybrid fairway mower; the 7200 PrecisionCut trim & surrounds mower with patented ‘Width on Demand’ cutting system; the 8400 Commercial triple reel mower with high capacity Jumbo cutting units; the HD200 SelectSpray amenity turf sprayer; and the latest TE electric and TH 6×4 diesel Gator utility vehicles, featuring a newly designed composite bed for increased load capacity and versatility.

Combining existing solutions with advanced innovations in engineering, these latest John Deere machines are is designed to enable operators to work more efficiently and achieve a higher quality finish on golf courses and other sports turf areas. Operator needs, along with industry experience, have guided the development of each new piece of equipment.

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AGCO commences consultations with its Randers Denmark based employees regarding future combine harvester production

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

AGCO Corporation announced today that it is entering into consultations with its Randers based employees regarding the proposed closure of its harvesting equipment operations in Denmark in 2010.

The proposals include the continuation of assembly operations until mid next year when it is anticipated they will be transferred to AGCO’s Joint Venture harvesting manufacturing facility in Breganze, Italy.

Gary Collar, Senior Vice President, General Manager AGCO EAME and ANZ said,

“It is with regret that I have to make today’s announcement. We are proud of the workmanship, quality and professional attitude of our Randers workforce and everything they have achieved over many years.

In the long term, the operation of two separate combine plants in Western Europe is not practical. As we move forward with our product development plans and strategies for growth of our harvesting business it is important that we also benefit from the economies of scale, efficiency and increased competitiveness that this consolidation will bring.”

AGCO acquired a 50% stake in Laverda S.p.A from the Italian ARGO Group in June 2007.  Laverda S.p.A, based in Breganze, Northern Italy, has produced combine harvesters for over 50 years and agricultural machinery and equipment since 1873. Today it operates one of the most modern and efficient harvesting machinery production sites in Europe. The Randers design eight walker high productivity combines and the new concept hybrid combine perfectly complement the five and six walker combines manufactured at Breganze.

Mr. Collar continued, “We are committed to providing our Randers based employees with the very best support to ensure their employment through until mid 2010 and the best opportunity to obtain employment thereafter”.

John Deere 6030 Series tractors updated for 2010

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

John Deere’s 6030 Series Mannheim tractor range, including the 7430 and 7530 models, is being updated for 2010 to provide increased performance and reduced fuel consumption. The changes mostly involve horsepower changes to both Premium and Standard cab machines, and the 6530 model is being replaced by the new 6534 tractor from February 2010.

Most of the tractors will receive rated increases of up to 5hp, while Premium models will deliver a similar increase in output when boosted by the engine’s Intelligent Power Management (IPM) system. Fuel consumption will also be reduced by an average of 2 to 3 per cent on Premium tractors and up to 4 per cent on Standard models, as the result of software and engine design changes.

Available in both Premium and Standard versions, John Deere’s new 6534 tractor marries a four-cylinder engine to a six-cylinder chassis for more power and improved fuel economy.

This model replaces the 120hp six-cylinder 6530 tractor, and is rated at 125hp (97/68 EC), rising to 145hp with Intelligent Power Management (IPM), which generates extra engine power for non-stationary pto and transport applications. The 6534 tractor retains all the other main specifications of the 6530 model, including a large 250-litre fuel tank and a lift capacity of 6748kg.

The design provides excellent power density and a better power to weight ratio, with the long 2.65m wheelbase allowing a maximum permissible weight of 9500kg. The 6534 can also be matched with high capacity front loaders from the John Deere 3 Series range, lifting more than 2 tonnes to over 4m.

This new tractor also retains John Deere’s proven full frame concept, modular transmission and lifelong components such as the Perma Clutch 2. A 24/24 PowrQuad Plus 40kph transmission is standard, while AutoQuad Plus or AutoPowr 40 or 50kph transmissions are optionally available.

The Tier 3 high pressure common rail (HPCR) PowerTech Plus diesel engine on the Premium model is equipped with a variable geometry turbocharger (VGT) and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) for better fuel efficiency and engine responsiveness. The Standard engine has the same HPCR fuel injection system, but without VGT, EGR and IPM. This engine delivers 20 per cent constant power and a five per cent power bulge when required.

The cab is rated at 70.6dBA, the quietest on the market, and features optional hydraulic cab suspension (HCS). For an easier reach from the steering wheel, the left hand reverser is integrated into the dashboard. To provide the driver with a perfect view of the instrument panel from any position, the whole dashboard can be moved telescopically.

The CommandCenter on the right hand control console is a combination of information centre and set-up monitor in one large, full colour display. For frequently used functions such as the settings for the hitch, engine, transmission, headland management system and SCVs, there are shortcut keys on the control panel giving quick and direct access for changing the settings.

Those functions which are used less often are featured in a single menu page, which can be accessed by pressing a menu button and using the rotating dial. Extra settings can be engaged using programmable hotkeys on top of the CommandCenter, which can also display relevant tractor data.

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New 7950i flagship model forager from John Deere

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Taking its 50 Series foragers to the next level of power, John Deere has unveiled its new top-of-the-range self-propelled forage harvester (SPFH), the 812hp 7950i, which replaces the 7850 model. This high-capacity machine for contractors is capable of harvesting up to 300 tonnes of maize per hour, filling a 40 cubic metre trailer in less than two and a half minutes. Up to 26 such trailer loads of silage can therefore be delivered to the clamp for compaction within just one hour.

A number of design changes have been made compared to existing SPFH models below 700hp. To accommodate these changes and the new cutterhead options, the 7950i features a longer chassis and a stronger ProDrive four-wheel drive rear axle. Changes also include newly designed heavy-duty final drives and a 23 per cent higher header lift capacity. In addition, components of the power transmission to the cutterhead have been redesigned to match the increase in power.

Further design changes include a stronger infinitely variable length of cut (IVLOC) transmission, which now operates with a 45cc (previously 37cc) hydrostatic motor and a hydraulic accumulator for smooth reverse shifting. In order to process the increased amount of harvested material more reliably, the kernel processor has been equipped with a four-rib drive belt.

Because of the amount of material which passes through the machine under full load, John Deere now offers additional bundles of long life, highly wear resistant crop channel components and a longer spout extension. These bundles have been designed to significantly increase the lifetime of these components compared to standard machine parts.

The mechanical driveline efficiency of the new 7950i forage harvester has resulted in fuel consumption as low as 0.5 litres per tonne of maize harvested. The combination of the established DuraDrum cutterhead and IVLOC also delivers excellent silage quality and provides this new forage harvester with industry leading cut quality.

As an exclusive feature, three ‘intelligent’ modes on the new John Deere 7950i forager help operators to maximise their performance on the road and in the field.

  • The new ‘Road Mode’, which is active between 1250 and 2100rpm, provides additional torque when needed during transport, and when it isn’t, reduces engine speed down to its minimum level to maintain the desired forward speed. This system helps to reduce fuel usage by up to 10 per cent, providing up to 27 per cent more torque to climb even the steepest hills, and reducing transport time.
  • ‘Field Mode 1’ saves fuel on headlands. On stopping or during headland turns, this system automatically reduces engine speed once clear of the crop and then increases it once the headland turn is made and you enter a new swath or row. This results in an additional fuel saving of up to five per cent.
  • ‘Field Mode 2’. During harvest this mode adjusts forward speed to maintain a constant load at the engine’s most fuel efficient point. This gives the customer the lowest possible cost per hectare, leading to a further five per cent fuel saving.

Another exclusive feature, John Deere’s AutoLOC provides maximum silage quality and consistency by combining John Deere’s automatic length of cut transmission (IVLOC) and HarvestLab dry matter sensing. HarvestLab measures crop moisture with a near-infrared sensor and helps to optimise the length of cut depending on dry matter content.

In combination with this system, the exclusive HarvestDoc documentation software allows complete traceability of the grass or maize harvest. Whatever crop the contractor is working in, this software keeps track of all yield and dry matter content data at all times until the harvested material or feed is used.

From 2010, full service back-up for all forager models will be available from John Deere dealers seven days a week during the season. In addition, during the first year of operation John Deere customers will benefit from a customer care process which combines the know-how of the manufacturing facility, the John Deere service specialist and the dedicated dealer staff, from signing the contract to end of season storage of the machine.

New headers for year-round operation

To maximise the return on their investment throughout the year, John Deere forage harvester customers in the UK and Ireland will have a choice of three different headers to increase the versatility of their operations.

  • The newly designed heavy-duty 600C pick-ups for grass harvesting are easy to set up and use. Featuring a compression rake, these headers provide more productivity in the field. The lateral tilt function on the 3m 630C helps to keep the field cleaner and reduces mechanical stress on the crop feeder. The optional mechanically folding gauge wheels are equipped with 10-step adjustment and automatically lock in the transport position. To adapt the 600C pick-ups for higher horsepower machines, a stronger twin-chain drive and a new auger safety clutch have been added to ensure efficient operation even under tough harvesting conditions.

To fully utilise the forager’s enormous power, John Deere now offers the new Kemper Champion 390 Plus header for the 7750 and 7950 forage harvesters. This is a 12-row unit with a working width of 9m, which can harvest both maize and wholecrop. This header features excellent manoeuvrability in smaller fields, and reduces soil compaction through the need for fewer passes. Better crop flow under difficult conditions is achieved through active feeding inside the crop channel, special adaptation to wide crop flow channels and more space for heavy crops. For improved handling of laid crops, the outer dividers have also been redesigned. Folding to a maximum road width of 3.3m, the Kemper Champion 390 header is equipped with a support wheel to reduce rear ballast requirements, and has been homologated to allow transport speeds of up to 40kph.

Extending the forager’s use into the winter season, John Deere SPFHs can now be equipped with a new CRL Coppice Header for harvesting short-rotation coppice for biofuels. This header is delivered with its own drive system, comprising an extra oil pump, cooler and oil tank, as well as a set of protective armour plating, and it is fully adapted to fit the John Deere header interface. A large front-end deflector ensures that the cab remains fully protected at all times when harvesting willow or other small trees with a stem diameter of up to 10cm (4in). The fast rotation cutting unit features a quick and free flow of material to the feeder rolls and the cutterhead of the forager.

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John Deere wins on points

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

A thorough and highly detailed tendering process led to John Deere’s Killarney dealer Seamus Weldon delivering their first full machinery fleet to Limerick University in Ireland last autumn.

The University campus covers 330 acres of parkland landscape, including 50 acres of sports fields, with a staff of between 8 and 12 managed by grounds superintendent Pat O’Neill. Pat was responsible for drawing up the extensive selection criteria for the competitive tender, once approval was given by the University for funding a new replacement fleet.

The whole process took about four months, and involved a great deal of work by Pat O’Neill. “Specifying what we needed in the first place was the biggest job for me,” he says. “We couldn’t specify a particular machine make or model, so it needed a lot of work to identify exactly what we needed once the funding was secured.

“Basically different points totals were awarded under a wide range of headings including commercial and economic information, technical capabilities and specifications, quality systems, purchase price, warranty, machine delivery and training, operator evaluation, and health & safety aspects such as emissions and vibration levels.

“Weldons scored very highly in sales and service back-up in particular, and this was a very important factor for us,” says Pat O’Neill. “They are very reliable and very prompt – if we make a call they’re up here very quickly, which gives me great peace of mind. All maintenance is provided by the dealership, so we get a full fleet service once a year, plus a comprehensive breakdown service with replacement machines if required.”

The new fleet included an 8700 fairway mower, a 2653B utility triplex mower, an X748 lawn tractor with collection system and a 7H17 pedestrian rotary mower for grass cutting, in addition to a 5415 utility tractor, a 4720 compact tractor with ComfortGard cab and an HPX Gator 4WD utility vehicle. A 997 ZTR zero-turn mower is also being used on trial.

“The 7H17 mower is a great machine and has proved very useful, especially on the various grass banks we have around the campus,” says Pat. “We use the same 48in wide cutting deck as the lawn tractor, and we can now run through these jobs in a day or two, where it might have taken up to a week before.

“The land here is very heavy and can get quite wet,” adds Pat. “It used to be very difficult getting out to cut the grass, especially at the beginning and end of the season. We had to collect everything, which was just too time consuming as well as being environmentally unfriendly, having to dispose of the cuttings.

“Now we use mulching on all the rotary decks, as we’re trying to get away from collecting any grass at all if possible – we get a much better, clean finish all round, and there’s a big saving in man hours, so this has worked very well.”


New NEXOS fruit and vineyard range

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

When it comes to narrow-width tractors used in fruit and wine growing, farmers have very different requirements. In recognition of this, the new NEXOS range from CLAAS not only offers high performance and economy, but also comes with a wide range of equipment options. This way, every farmer can configure his tractor to suit his specific needs.

The NEXOS is available in four models and three variants – the VE, VL and F – with a minimum overall width of 1.00 metres, 1.26 metres and 1.46 metres respectively. Each model offers an ideal combination of wheelbase, weight distribution and lift capacity, enabling the NEXOS to lift and pull heavy implements. During the development of this tractor, the designers at CLAAS also put emphasis on high manoeuvrability.

The NEXOS opens up new possibilities thanks to its high-performance hydraulic system. As standard, the NEXOS comes with a two-pump, 59 litres per minute hydraulic system, but a three-pump 85 litres per minute system is also available for more demanding situations.

With up to four spool valves, it is possible to drive a hydraulic motor whilst operating a control unit and the rear linkage simultaneously. This allows stress-free and user-friendly operation, particularly when turning at the headland. Furthermore, diesel consumption and hydraulic load are considerably lower, because the tractor runs at lower RPM. For enhanced comfort and precision, the NEXOS has four electronic spool valves, two of which can be operated by joystick.

Four models are available, the NEXOS 210; NEXOS 220; NEXOS 230 and NEXOS 240, which are powered by smooth-running 4-cylinder engines with power outputs of 72hp, 78hp, 88hp and 101hp respectively. The three smaller models use a 3.2-litre engine, whilst the 4.5-litre engine on the NEXOS 240 has a higher power output and a longer wheelbase for greater stability. Both engines meet the TIER 3 emissions regulations due to internal exhaust gas recirculation, turbo, intercooler (except the 210) and a mechanical injection system.

Depending on requirements, the customer has the choice of four different transmission options:

  • 12 forward/12 reverse with a mechanical reverser
  • 24 forward/24 reverse with a mechanical reverser and splitter
  • 24 forward/24 reverse with mechanical reverser and TWINSHIFT powershift
  • 24 forward/24 reverse with REVERSHIFT hydraulic reverser and TWINSHIFT powershift

The cab of the NEXOS offers a high level of comfort. The wide-opening door, the comfortable grab handles and the self-cleaning step provide easy cab access. Thanks to a wide range of seat and steering wheel adjustments, any driver can find the driving position that suits him best. In addition to this, an air-sprung seat, air conditioning and activated charcoal filter are also standard in the NEXOS.

Easily identifiable controls allow the tractor to be handled intuitively. The TCE 6 electronic control unit for the rear linkage is designed to provide even greater precision. The overall ergonomics of the cab allow for a relaxed body posture, enabling the driver to maintain a maximum of concentration even on long working days.

Daily maintenance can be carried out quickly and with a minimum of effort. This is made possible by the one-piece engine cover and by the easy accessibility of the engine and cab air filters. A major advantage of the new NEXOS is its extra-long 600-hour engine oil service intervals keep downtime and cost to a minimum.

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ELIOS – the compact tractor with a big appetite for work

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

CLAAS has introduced a new compact and powerful range of tractors, the ELIOS, which has been developed to meet the requirements of smaller tractor users, such as livestock farmers, vegetable growers and smallholders.

With power outputs from 72hp to 88hp, the new ELIOS range is designed to provide a more compact offering to the current AXOS range which has similar power outputs. With a low overall height of just 2.40m to the top of the cab, compared to between 2.5m and 2.7m on the AXOS depending on model, the ELIOS is therefore ideal for use in low livestock or similar buildings, such as glasshouses or polytunnels.

Three models are available, the ELIOS 210, ELIOS 220 and the ELIOS 230 and with a number of different hydraulic and transmission options, each can be configured to the customer’s specific needs, such as for loader work. Each model is also available without all-wheel drive.

The ELIOS was designed specially for routine everyday work and is ideal for yard work and in confined spaces thanks to its tight turning circle of just 3.73 metres. It also has excellent stability on slopes thanks to its low centre of gravity.

With power outputs of 72hp, 78hp and 88hp, the 3.2 litre four-cylinder engine on the ELIOS runs quietly, reliably and economically. The engines meet the TIER 3 emissions regulations due to internal exhaust gas recirculation, turbo, intercooler (except the 210) and a mechanical injection system. Maximum torque levels of up to 350 Nm ensures the ELIOS has plenty of power in reserve.

As standard, the ELIOS comes with a 540/1000 and synchronised PTO but an optional 540/540E is available, designed for high diesel economy and low noise during light PTO work.

Depending on requirements, the customer has the choice of four different transmission options:

  • 12 forward/12 reverse with a mechanical reverser
  • 24 forward/24 reverse with a mechanical reverser and splitter
  • 24 forward/24 reverse with mechanical reverser and TWINSHIFT powershift
  • 24 forward/24 reverse with REVERSHIFT hydraulic reverser and TWINSHIFT powershift

As standard, the ELIOS comes with a two-pump, 59 litres per minute hydraulic system, but a three-pump 85 litres per minute system is also available, for instance where the tractor is to be used with a loader. Furthermore, diesel consumption and hydraulic load are considerably lower, because the tractor runs at lower engine speed. For enhanced comfort and precision, the ELIOS has up to four electronic spool valves, two of which can be operated using a joystick that makes using a front loader extremely easy.

The cab on the ELIOS offers a high level of comfort. The wide-opening door, the comfortable grab handles and the self-cleaning step provide easy cab access. Thanks to a wide range of seat and steering wheel adjustments, any driver can find the driving position which suits him best. In addition to this, an air-sprung seat and air conditioning are standard in the ELIOS.

The easily identifiable controls enable the ELIOS to be operated intuitively even by different drivers. The TCE 6 electronic control unit for the rear linkage, which has a lift capacity of 3.1 tonnes, is designed to provide even greater precision. The overall ergonomics of the cab allow for a relaxed body posture, enabling the driver to maintain concentration even on long working days.

Daily maintenance can be carried out quickly and with a minimum of effort. This is made possible by the one-piece engine cover and by the easy accessibility of the engine and cab air filters. A major advantage of the new ELIOS is its extra-long 600-hour engine oil service intervals to help keep downtime and cost to a minimum.

Unlike other tractors this size, the ELIOS comes complete with a pick-up hitch and where a CLAAS front loader is to be fitted, this can be ordered for fitting in the factory, so that all the necessary hydraulic and electrical connections are incorporated at time of building.

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New XERION tops 500hp

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

CLAAS has unveiled two new XERION models at the Agritechnica Show, the largest of which boasts a power output in excess of 500hp.

The two new models, the XERION 4500 and the XERION 5000, offer maximum power outputs of 483hp and 524hp respectively and like the smaller XERION 3300 and XERION 3800, these two new models offer a unique degree of flexibility and performance, making them suitable for a wide range of contracting or farming operations.

As high horsepower arable tractors, these two new models offer a number of distinct benefits over similar powered articulated or tracked tractors.

The XERION will be the first tractor in this power segment to feature a CVT transmission, which will offer users far greater flexibility than the Full Powershift transmissions normally found on tractors this size.

The XERION is also the first tractor this size to have a maximum travel speed of 50kph, and for road and field work the four-equal sized wheel design will provide a far greater level of operator comfort and handling than has been seen before in tractors in this horsepower class. Four wheel steering also allows for compact headland turns without scuffing and provides excellent and safe handling on the road.

As with the existing XERION, the new design also allows for a number of weighting options, anything from 13,400kg to 24,000kg, providing the ultimate flexibility depending on individual requirement.

In addition, working in combination with the CVT transmission, the engine management system is designed so that the XERION can be operated at lower engine speeds, so saving fuel.

Optimum ground contact

The new XERION 4500 and XERION 5000 feature a completely new design, based around the same TRAC concept as the two smaller versions.

Central to the XERION design is a full frame chassis, from which the major components are suspended. This allows the XERION to absorb far greater weights than a conventional tractor. Where additional weight is required to better balance the tractor, and so improve traction, there is the option to add weights to the front or back, or to the wheels as required.

The four equal sized wheels provide maximum contact area to enable exceptional levels of grip, minimal wheel slip and reduced compaction. The XERIONs can be fitted with tyres ranging in size from 2050mm (800/70 R38) up to 2160mm diameter (710/75 R42), but still retain an overall width below 3.0 metres. There is also the option of a larger 900/60 R42 tyre, which results in an overall vehicle width of 3.30 metres.

Drive to the two steered axles is through a well proven, heavy duty, ZF Eccom 4.5 constantly variable transmission (CVT) with a maximum travel speed of 50kph, which reduces travel time in order to ensure maximum productivity in the field.

24-volt electrics

A particular feature of these two new models is the electrical system, in that they are equipped with both 12-volt and a 24-volt electrical systems. The power for the two systems is generated by separate alternators and the tractors are fitted with one battery for the 12v system and two for the 24v circuit, and both an ISO standard socket or a separate socket are available.

The benefit of having a 24-volt system fitted to the XERION is that aside from being used to start the engine and power the work lights, this will enable equipment manufacturers to utilise electric motors in place of complex hydraulic systems. This will reduce the number of hydraulic connections needed and so make implement connection to the tractor far simpler, plus it will allow for far greater simplicity and accuracy of operation.

For powered implements, there is the option to specify the new XERIONs with a 1000rpm PTO, which is driven at an engine speed of just 1730rpm, which is far lower than on other comparable sized tractors. This not only helps to lower fuel consumption but has the added benefit of reducing noise levels.

Three-fingered Multifunction control

In the cab, all the main operating functions are controlled using a new Multifunction control lever. This is designed so that all the main functions are operated using just three fingers, and also incorporates a hand rest.

The thumb is used to control functions such as the hydraulics, changes in direction, CSM headland management and GPS steering. The index finger is used for cruise control and two programmable buttons, whilst the middle finger panel incorporates a freely programmable rocker switch for functions such as engine speed or hydraulics.

In addition, the whole lever can be moved forwards/backwards and sideways to change speed and wheel angle, for instance when crab steering.

As on current XERION models, there is the option of six possible steering programmes, including crab steering, and a number of programmable driving modes, including cruise control to maintain a constant forward speed with optimum fuel efficiency.

As currently, each of the two new XERIONs will be available with the option of either a central fixed position cab or the unique rotating cab, which makes the XERION ideal for use with specialist applications, such as forestry equipment.

Depending on requirements, the specification for both the XERION 4500 and XERION 5000 includes the option of both a front and rear linkage linkage.

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T7000 Auto Command™ tractor wins the 2010 Tractor of the Year ® award along with the “Golden Tractor for Design” award

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

New Holland’s new T7070 Auto Command™ tractor has been awarded the prestigious title of Tractor of the Year ® for 2010 at Agritechnica, the most important European show for agricultural machinery and equipment that is currently taking place in Hanover, Germany. This new tractor with its continuously variable transmission was also bestowed with  the “Golden Tractor for Design” award which recognises design excellence focusing on ease of use and operator comfort.

This extraordinary pair of awards for the T7070 Auto Command™ adds to the Tractor of the Year® and the “Golden Tractor for Design” for 2008  obtained by the T7060 Power Command™ at the 2007 Agritechnica, making the T7000 Series not only the most awarded line of tractors in the 13 year history of this award,  but also the winning choice for every type of customer.

Awarded by a jury of 20 journalists from the most important agricultural publications in Europe, the Tractor of the Year ® award crowns the open field model that is able to combine all the benefits of innovation, productivity, comfort, economy and ease of use, all of which are necessary for a leading tractor in modern farming.

The Tractor of the Year® 2010 title earned by New Holland’s T7070 Auto Command™ recognises the exceptional teamwork that has not only been made by New Holland Agriculture and by the entire Fiat Group, but also by the customers who have contributed to its development with their invaluable input.

Built in New Holland’s Basildon facility, the five models from the T7000 Auto Command™ Series are powered by a new NEF engine, with between 167 and 225hp that can run on 100% Biodiesel, and completely developed by Fiat Powertrain Technologies of Turin, Italy. The new generation Auto Command continuously variable transmission is,  instead, the result of the manufacturing experience and continuous research at New Holland’s Antwerp plant in Belgium.

The Fiat Style Centre in Turin played a key role in the tractor’s ergonomic design and the styling of the new SideWinder™ II console, which allowed the T7070 Auto Command™ to obtain the “Golden Tractor for Design” award. This armrest is the result of a process carried out by customers, and for customers, including the CommandGrip™ control lever and the monitor with Intelliview™ III touchscreen display. This is  the first monitor available on the market which integrates the tractor and implement controls, as well as the autoguidance system. They have taken inspiration from New Holland’s multiple award-winning harvesting machines: the FR9000 forage harvester and the CR9090 combine, both manufactured and developed at New Holland’s Zedelgem Excellence Centre in Belgium.

“The victory of the T7000 Auto Command™, and the entire T7000 Series, along with the three medals awarded to New Holland by the Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft (DLG – German Agricultural Society), already makes this edition of Agritechnica very memorable,” said Carlo Lambro, Vice President of New Holland Europe. “If we add these awards to those won in France at the beginning of the year at SIMA, at the forthcoming SITEVI show and at Agribex in Belgium, we get a complete view of how our commitment to making farmers’ daily work easier is providing good results: today at the fair and tomorrow in the field.”

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