Archive for February, 2010

New Dealership Strengthens New Holland’s Commitment

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

A new New Holland dealership has just been appointed in Ireland to service the area around Cork – an area with a large population of New Holland customers. The creation of this new dealership in Ballincollig in County Cork is a very positive economic beacon for Ireland, where the market has suffered a decline in the last year or so.

MC & S Agri Sales which will supply tractors, round balers and small square balers has been started by John McCarthy, a former and very experienced New Holland salesman, and Gordon Sullivan, a former New Holland customer, contractor and local farmer. They are joined by two New Holland service specialists so that, as a team, the dealership will be able to offer a wealth of sales, aftersales and service expertise.

Dealer principle John McCarthy says this is an exciting prospect:

“The market has been depressed, but we’re very confident that if we start off small, as the economy begins to grow again, we will get stronger and stronger. We’re all very familiar with New Holland products and with the Ford tractor heritage, so we know its a good product: All of us are well known around Cork and there are lots of New Holland customers in this area.”

New Holland’s Network Development Manager Moir Russell says it’s great to see new investment now taking off again in Ireland:

“People are beginning to invest in the future again – and MC & S Agri Sales has chosen to invest in a brand they know they’ll have a strong future with. The creation of this new dealership, working alongside Shorten’s Garage, Colemans Millstreet and Cavanaghs Fermoy means that New Holland is now back up to full dealership strength in Co Cork.”

MC & S Agri Sales Ltd  can be contacted on 00353 21 48778800.

MC & S Agri Sales

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OVERSEED YOUR GREENS JUST ONCE A YEAR WITH THE LATEST VREDO SUPA COMPACT SEEDER

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

One principle that is generally accepted is that overseeding is necessary to achieve fine playing surfaces and that the absolute key to successful overseeding is soil/seed contact.

Stewart Duff, Course Manager of Gullane Golf Club, East Lothian, is very keen on overseeding and has hired a Vredo Disc Seeder for a few years now to overseed some fairways on all of the three courses at Gullane.

“This seeder managed to get the seed down to the right depth to make it come in contact with the soil, then it rolled the open slit lines tightly together again to protect the seed and minimised the surface disruption,” he said. “The weather will play a significant role for germination take place this is why we overseed in late August because the soil temperatures and soil moisture levels are usually ideal for germinating seed.”

More recently, Stewart has purchased a Vredo Supa Compact Seeder specifically to treat the greens. It was supplied by Campey Turf Care Systems through its Scottish distributor, Double A Trading Company Limited.

“I was very interested to be told that Vredo had produced another model which incorporated more discs set closer together, so it is particularly suitable for fine turf,” he explained.

“Finding a smaller version which has the same qualities as the larger models, achieving the same high rates of germination but with closer disc spacings has given us even more benefits. In the past we have used the wider model of the Vredo Compact Seeder and we have always got a good strike with a clean finish and have had no issues with discs needing to be replaced after a days use, as with some other disc seeders.”

“After a demonstration on a couple of our own greens we could see the latest Vredo gave a clean finish with the seed getting down to the right depth but with the added bonus of the closer set discs which helped to get more seed into the surface in one pass. It also means we can save precious time by going over the greens once instead of twice a year. This translates into significantly less disruption to play, coupled with fewer man hours required to do the job.”

The greenkeeping staff overseed 57 greens using approximately 25-30 bags of straight fescue seed annually across their three courses. Adrian Gardner, Sales Manager for Professional Turf Equipment for Double A, is delighted that the machine has been well received: “The unique action of the Vredo overseeding system delivers an exceptionally high (90-95%) seed germination rate. The Supa Compact version has a double line of closely spaced discs only 3.5cm apart, which make a precise cut into the turf where the seed is sown directly in contact with the soil. This way the structure of the turf is undisturbed allowing the surface to be brought back into play immediately.”

He added: “The Vredo Supa Compact Seeder is also of excellent build quality and finish and will greatly assist Gullane’s greenkeepers in maintaining the greens and other closely mown areas to the high standards expected by members and visitors alike. Stewart can also be confident that Campeys, through Double A, provide a full back-up support and spare parts replacement service.” Details of all Campeys products and services can be found on the website at www.campeyturfcare.com

Vredo Disc Seeder

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Campey Turf Care Supply REAL KORO for REAL MADRID

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

If you are going to supply equipment to one of the most famous football clubs in the world, you had better be confident that it will deliver on its promises….

With the eyes of the turf maintenance industry watching, Campey Turf Care Systems had no qualms that the KORO by Imants Scarifier Collector supplied to Real Madrid would prove to be the ‘real’ deal and not only live up to, but exceed expectations. Indeed with their current push for European market expansion in full swing, sales of Campey machinery to sporting venues across Europe and the UK have been steadily increasing.

The 1.2m KORO Scarifier Collector was supplied to Paul Burgess, Head Groundsman at Real Madrid, as part of a programme for improving and maintaining the quality of the training pitches. The KORO is ideal for removing unwanted grasses/weeds such as Poa Annua and when used regularly dramatically improves the quality of the turf allowing rapid regeneration. Combined with the collector, the KORO scarifier removes, and then collects the thatch and other material without requiring a secondary tractor or trailer.

Paul had already seen earlier versions of KORO scarifiers in action during his 12 year tenure at Arsenal. When he joined Real Madrid in early 2009 he knew that he could make noticeable improvements given the right equipment. In addition, with his previous knowledge of Campeys, he could be confident that their experience and extensive knowledge of pitch renovation and maintenance techniques, coupled with reliable back up service and spare parts replacement, meant he could count on their full on-going support.

“Real Madrid already used a conventional scarifier, but the results were not of a high enough standard,” Paul explained. “I knew that a lot more could be done. On top of that this city is the highest capital in Europe and the training grounds have to cope with the effects of a higher than normal altitude. The grass also has to endure extremes of temperature. In the summer it can exceed 43 degrees and then in the winter it falls to below -15. Both these conditions have adverse effects on the rate of grass growth and recovery.”

Another major consideration Paul has to address is the need for the pitches to be available for use at all times. “The training programme is too intense for us to remove the full pitch surface area in one go. I had to be sure that any renovation process which interrupts play will be kept to an absolute minimum. With the KORO we can still keep the pitch in use while the work is going on. The whole process takes just six hours per pitch and the recovery period appears to be a lot faster than other similar machines. Because of this we used the KORO in the spring, summer and autumn to ensure the playing surfaces are all in top condition throughout the winter. There has already been tremendous improvement in the surface conditions and we will continue to treat all of the pitches with the KORO for the foreseeable future.”

Real Madrid's Koro at work, supplied by Campey Turf Care

Koro at Real Madrid

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Higher comfort for MF 8900 Xtra telehandler operators

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

A host of new cab features and improved ergonomic layout provide greater comfort and ease of use across the entire Massey Ferguson MF 8900 Xtra telehandler range. The machines can also be fitted with the option of a new cooling system for higher productivity in the most arduous working conditions.

“Operators can often spend as much time in a telehandler as they do in a tractor cab, so it is important we offer the same levels of comfort and control,” explains Laurent Pernin, General Marketing Manager, MF Tractors, EAME. “MF 8900 Xtra operators now benefit from a cab interior that creates a better working environment with modern controls and materials, along with a higher capacity air conditioning and heating system.”

Also new is an extreme conditions cooling package option that offers enhanced performance for continuous operation in arduous situations. This will provide greater productivity when working in hot and dusty situations as well as when towing. The new radiator, which is 43mm wider and 47mm deeper than before, offers up to 20% higher cooling capacity.

New MF 8900 Xtra cab features:

  • Higher capacity air conditioning and heating unit
  • New high quality instrument console material and dashboard panel
  • New steering wheel, switches, armrest and layout
  • New front work lights and front lights
  • Repositioned Stability Indicator
  • Roller sunblind replaces flip down visor.

Up in the new restyled cab operators will appreciate the new, high capacity integrated air conditioning and heater unit. This now provides a third more capacity – 500m³/hr compared with 350m³/hr before. The unit’s new position in the cab also now provides more room behind the seat.

Looking ahead operators now have a new curved, pinnacle style dash with a modern, auto-style instrument layout. The Stability Indicator is now placed conveniently on the right-hand side. There is also a chunkier steering wheel, new switch gear as well as a roller blind, which replaces the sun visor.

Outside the cab, new headlamps and round work lights provide enhanced illumination.

MF 8900

MF 8900

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VOLVO TRUCKS DELIVERIES JANUARY 2010

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Deliveries in the month of January were down 31% compared to the year-earlier period. Deliveries in January this year were impacted by extra stop days in production over Christmas and New Year in both Europe and North America.

The deliveries in Europe decreased by 41% in January compared with the corresponding period last year.

Deliveries in North America were down 20% compared with year earlier period. The decrease was due to lower production volumes compared with the year-earlier period.

The deliveries in Brazil increased in January by 214%. This is mainly an effect of the strong Brazilian economy, tax incentives and subsidized financing.

To respond to a slightly improved demand in Europe and a significant improvement in South America, Volvo Trucks is now gradually increasing production rates.

Volvo

Volvo Truck deliveries for January 2010 were down 31% compared with January 2009, but were  impacted by extra stop days in production over the Christmas/New Year period in Europe and North America

Deliveries by market area:

Delivered Units

Volvo Trucks

Change

Volvo Trucks

2010

2009

Europe

1,360

2,300

-41%

– Western Europe

1,110

2,065

-46%

– Eastern Europe

250

235

6%

North America

546

680

-20%

South America

950

349

172%

Asia

304

1,056

-71%

– Middle East

121

914

-87%

– Other Asia

183

142

29%

Other markets

179

436

-59%

Total Volvo Trucks

3,339

4,821

-31%

Medium duty (7-16t)

107

101

6%

Heavy duty (>16t)

3,232

4,720

-32%

Total Volvo Trucks

3,339

4,821

-31%

New Holland continues winning streak at FIMA and GOOD DESIGN™ Awards

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Following the haul of medals and mentions garnered at the Spring and Autumn exhibitions of 2009, New Holland Agriculture continues its winning streak with six innovation awards captured at FIMA 2010 as well as two prestigious 2009 GOOD DESIGN™ awards.

The awards won at FIMA include two outstanding innovation awards (Novedad Tècnica Sobresaliente) — equivalent to a gold medal — for the ABS SuperSteer™ system featured on tractors of the T7000 and T8000 series, and for the IntelliFill™ system used on FR9000 series forage harvesters.

IntelliFill

The four ‘silver medal’ awards won in the technical innovation category (Novedad Tècnica) went to the SideWinder™ II console featuring on T7000 series tractors, to the EasyDrive™ Continuously Variable Transmission adopted for Boomer 3000 tractors, to the Opti-Fan™ system used in CSX7000 combine harvesters, and to the automatic weighing system incorporated into BB9000 big balers.

In addition to the FIMA awards, New Holland Agriculture has confirmed its reputation as the leader in agricultural design with two prestigious 2009 GOOD DESIGN™ awards.

The Boomer 8N compact tractor and the SideWinder™ II armrest  were both recognised by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art, Design and Urban studies. These awards acknowledge New Holland’s tailored and intuitive solutions to make state-of-the-art technology available to improve agricultural efficiency.

Side Winder

“I am especially pleased with these awards and very proud since they represent yet another well-deserved accolade for our company,” says Carlo Lambro, Vice President of New Holland Agriculture Europe.

“They highlight two areas I care very much about: our people — who have exerted themselves at every level and without respite in the design, construction and implementation of these state-of-the-art systems — and our mission, namely to supply farmers and growers with advanced technological innovations that will be extremely intuitive to use and guarantee an immediate increase in productivity as a result.

“Farmers, growers, experts and specialist journalists from all over Europe have understood, admired and rewarded our efforts to make life easier for our customers — and make their work more enjoyable. And of course, not only in Europe. Just a few days ago, news arrived from the United States that the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has named New Holland for no less than seven prestigious AE50 innovation awards. A worldwide success that inspires us to keep doing better and better.”

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More awards for Massey Ferguson innovations

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Massey Ferguson’s unstoppable awarding-winning reign continues with Technology Innovation Awards at the FIMA 2010 Show, Zaragoza, Spain being presented to the MF 8690 tractor for its use of Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) as well to the AGCOMMAND telemetry system.

The expert judging team at the Spanish show assess new equipment for technical developments that offer improvements in efficiency, operation, capacity, safety or environmental aspects. This is the first award for AGCOMMAND telemetry and the latest accolade for the advanced MF 8600 Series, which was named ‘Tractor of the Year’ immediately after it’s launch and has received a range of honours ever since.

The judges praised the Technical Innovation of the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) on tractor’s AGCO Sisu Power six cylinder, 8.4-litre 84CTA engine. This was the first tractor to introduce SCR technology to control exhaust emissions, which uses ADBlue additive to transform the noxious nitrogen oxide (NOx) in the exhaust gas into plain nitrogen and water.

As well producing the ‘cleanest’ exhaust emissions on the market, SCR technology also cuts fuel consumption. Independent tests show that it provides a 16.6% fuel saving compared with similar sized engines. This can be achieved because the engine timing and operation can be set for optimum efficiency, without having to make compromises to control exhaust emissions.

AGCOMMAND telemetry offers unrivalled communication

Massey Ferguson’s AGCOMMAND telemetry system was praised by the judges for its ability to provide farmers, contractors and managers with instant access to a wide range of information about equipment working in the fields or travelling on the road.

The system automatically records data from machines and transfers this, via the mobile telephone network, to a computer server. This can then be accessed via the internet from an office PC, laptop or even a ‘smart’ phone, providing immediate information about the vehicle’s location, performance plus the ability to see a huge range of data.

This, says the judges, “is essential information to the run the company with maximum efficiency. It saves time, resources and money, with the ability to access this information from anywhere and at any time.”

Massey Ferguson has invested heavily in introducing new equipment and products designed to help businesses to improve efficiency and increase profit. These innovations are being acknowledged throughout Europe with prestigious awards from important shows and industry expert panels.

“We are proud and honoured to receive such high profile recognition from these independent juries for our new products,” says Richard Markwell, Vice President and Managing Director Massey Ferguson, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “We have built our reputation on pioneering new technology and these awards clearly demonstrate that Massey Ferguson continues to set benchmarks for others to follow.”

MF 8600 Series – the awarding winning choice

EIMA Show 2008 (Italy)

NF 8690, European Tractor of the Year 2009

MF 8690, Golden Design award 2009

(Press awards)

AGRO + MASHEXPO (Hungary)

MF 8690, Grand Prize for innovation

SIMA Show (France)

MF 8600’s OptiRide Plus dynamic cab suspension

Gold Medal (Technical Innovation award)

SIA Show (France)

MF 8600’s solar panel, Silver Medal

Agriculture & New Technologies

(Press award)

Demopark (Germany)

MF 8600, Gold Medal Innovations award

FIMA 2010 (Spain)

MF 8690 – SCR technology

Technical Innovation Award

AGCOMMAND Telemetry

Technical Innovation Award

More Awards for MF

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Two new ‘butterfly’ triples

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

With a total of 28 different models, in the 15 years since the CLAAS DISCO range of disc mowers was first introduced, it has grown to become one of the most extensive ranges on the market.

For 2010 two new mower conditioners, the DISCO 8400 C CONTOUR and DISCO 9100 C CONTOUR, have been added to the CLAAS triple mower range.

9100 C contoura

The addition of these two new ‘butterfly’ type triple mowers gives customers the option of five conditioner and two non-conditioner triple or butterfly models to choose from, with working widths from 8.10m up to 9.10m.

On both the new 8.10m DISCO 8400 C CONTOUR and 8.90m DISCO 9100 C CONTOUR mower conditioners, in order to reduce weight loading, and hence compaction, in addition to using higher strength materials, the mounting system for the outer two rear-mounted units is designed so that the mowers are positioned as close to the tractor as possible to reduce axle loading.

The two outer units are centrally suspended and incorporate the CLAAS ACTIVE-FLOAT hydro-pneumatic suspension system. Depending on ground conditions, this system allows the operator to adjust the suspension pressure from the cab, so ensuring a clean cut and minimal risk of crop soil contamination.

The outer units also incorporate an automatic breakback feature where, due to the 15 degree mounting of the pivot arm, when an obstruction is hit the whole mower unit swings back and lifts to avoid potential damage.

All three mower units utilise the well-proven CLAAS conditioner unit that is fitted with rubber-mounted steel tines. To further reduce wilting time, if required a full width spreader hood is also optionally available that allows the crop to be spread across the full width of the mower.

Both mowers use the CLAAS P-CUT cutterbar, which is designed to achieve an extremely even and clean cut. Drive to the discs is through a smooth running, low wear transmission using large diameter gearwheels, with an individual drive system for each cutting disc.

The cutting discs themselves are set lower in the cutterbar for a cleaner cut and improved crop flow, and are mounted in a new, high strength sealed double tapered roller bearing assembly.

The P-CUT cutterbar itself is manufactured from high strength steel, and incorporates robust cutterbar skids underneath with Hardox inserts between each skid. In addition, the design is such that groves on the underside of the cutterbar funnel away any built-ups of earth for a cleaner cut.

In addition, each cutting disc is protected by the unique SAFETYLINK drive protection system, where defined shear points prevent gear and cutterbar damage should an object be hit.

9100 C

As standard the cutting discs use the CLAAS quick knife release system, in which the knives are held in place using a spring leaf to ensure that damaged or worn blades can be quickly and simply replaced without using tools.

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Mower range for 2010

DISCO disc mowers

Mounting

Conditioner

Working Width (m)

No of discs

Quick Knife Change

Safety Link

COUGAR 1400C

Self-Propelled

Yes

14.00

35

Yes

Yes

Triple Mowers

DISCO 9300 C CONTOUR

DISCO 9100 C CONTOUR

DISCO 9100 CONTOUR

DISCO 8600 C CONTOUR

DISCO 8550 AS Plus

DISCO 8400 C CONTOUR

DISCO 8400 CONTOUR

Triple/Bfly

Butterfly

Butterfly

Triple/Bfly

Butterfly

Butterfly

Butterfly

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes+Grouper

Yes

No

9.10

8.90

8.90

8.30

8.00

8.10

8.10

23

23

23

21

21

21

21

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Centre Pivot Trailed Mowers

DISCO 3500 TC

DISCO 3100 TC

DISCO 3100 AS

Trailed

Trailed

Trailed

Yes

Yes

Yes+Grouper

3.40

3.00

3.00

8

7

7

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Trailed Mowers

DISCO 3050 AS Plus

DISCO 3050 TC Plus

Trailed

Trailed

Yes+Grouper

Yes

3.00

3.00

7

7

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

DISCO CONTOUR

DISCO 3500 C CONTOUR

DISCO 3500 CONTOUR

DISCO 3100 C CONTOUR

DISCO 3100 CONTOUR

DISCO 2700 C CONTOUR

DISCO 2700 CONTOUR

Rear

Rear

Rear

Rear

Rear

Rear

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

3.40

3.40

3.00

3.00

2.60

2.60

8

8

7

7

6

6

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Plus Mounted Mowers

DISCO 3450 Plus

DISCO 3050 C Plus

DISCO 3050 Plus

DISCO 2650 C Plus

DISCO 2650 Plus

Rear

Rear

Rear

Rear

Rear

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

3.40

3.00

3.00

2.60

2.60

8

7

7

6

6

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

In-Line Mounted Mowers

DISCO 290

DISCO 250

DISCO 210

Rear

Rear

Rear

No

No

No

2.90

2.50

2.10

7

6

5

No

No

No

No

No

No

Front Mounted

DISCO 3100 FC Profil

DISCO 3100 F Profil

Front

Front

Yes

No

3.00

3.00

7

7

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

CORTO drum mowers

Mounting

Conditioner

Working Width (m)

No of drums

Quick Knife Change

Trailed Mowers

CORTO 3100 NC

CORTO 3100 N

Trailed

Trailed

Yes

No

3.00

3.00

4

4

Yes

Yes

Mounted Mowers

CORTO 310 N

CORTO 165 N

CORTO 3100 FC

CORTO 3150 Profil

Rear

Rear

Front

Front

No

No

Yes

No

3.00

1.65

3.05

3.05

4

2

4

4

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

JCB FINANCE LTD – 40th ANNIVERSARY

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

JCB Finance Ltd is celebrating its 40th Anniversary, tracing its origins back to the formation of JCB Credit Ltd in February 1970.  In the first year of operation they achieved a turnover of £900,000 -

reaching the milestone of over £500,000,000 in lending balances in December 2007.  Over the years they have gained an enviable reputation for providing fast flexible finance through good times and bad – supporting their Construction, Agricultural and Industrial customers through four recessions and one foot & mouth outbreak. Their maxim of supporting customers was especially true during the Credit Crunch when JCB Finance continued to lend when other lenders would not.  They consistently finance almost 90% of all JCB equipment financed in the UK along with other non-competitive plant, machinery and vehicles so that their customers can enjoy a one stop shop for the majority of their asset finance requirements.

August 1998 saw a name change to JCB Finance Limited, the result of a desire from JCB to replicate the success of its UK finance arm under one common finance brand across the world.   JCB Finance’s Managing Director, David Burgess, stated that – the company would continue to use its skills and intimate knowledge, backed up by award winning systems, to support its customers as they emerge from the recession. It is by providing such assistance in difficult times that we have helped customers survive and ultimately thrive so that they can continue to buy more JCB’s in the future.

New John Deere baler range for 2010

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Designed for farmers and contractors looking for higher density bales and increased versatility, John Deere’s round baler range has been completely updated and renumbered for the 2010 season. There are now eight basic models altogether, with a range of pick-up and feeding systems, extra options and new features.

The new model line up includes the 623 and 644 fixed chamber balers, the 842, 852, 862, 854 and 864 variable chamber balers, and the 744 wrapping baler, which is based on the 644 fixed chamber model:

Model Bale size

(diameter x width, m)

Pick-up width (m)
Fixed chamber
623 RotoFlow & Maxicut 1.25/1.35 x 1.17 2
644 & 644 Premium 1.25/1.35 x 1.17 2, 2.2
Variable chamber
842 & 842 HiFlow 0.6/1.3 x 1.17 1.81, 2
852 HiFlow 0.6/1.55 x 1.17 2, 2.2
862 HiFlow 0.6/1.8 x 1.17 2, 2.2
854 & 854 Premium 0.6/1.55 x 1.17 2, 2.2
864 & 864 Premium 0.6/1.8 x 1.17 2, 2.2
Wrapping baler
744 & 744 Premium 1.25/1.35 x 1.17 2, 2.2

Both 623 models are available in either Silage Special or MultiCrop versions. The MultiCrop option is suitable for those who wish to bale silage and hay with a fixed chamber baler, but also want good performance in straw. The front part of the bale chamber on this hybrid model retains seven robust rollers, but the rear door replaces the other rollers with a conveyor, which provides improved bale rotation in slick materials such as straw.

Depending on model and specification, there is a choice of three pick-up types for different baling conditions. The HiFlow pick-up is available in widths of 2 and 2.2m, for high baling capacity especially in dry crops. The 2 or 2.2m RotoFlow pick-up features a large diameter, high rpm rotor for increased performance, and a new drop-floor unplugging system; and the 2 or 2.2m MaxiCut pick-up offers either 14 or 25 precutter knives for greater flexibility.

All the rotor feed models – ie the 623, 644, 854, 864 and 744 – feature the new drop-floor device operated from the cab, which prevents blockages caused by the build-up of crop material. All the balers in the range also feature a new knife design with an improved position for increased quality of cut and productivity. Variable chamber models incorporate an adjustable starter roll position for greater versatility, while all the balers feature increased gearbox capacity and bigger chains, also for higher productivity.

All four Premium machines can be equipped as standard with the new 2.2m Maxicut 25-knife precutter pick-up. This fine chop pick-up allows four different cutting length adjustments from 40 to 140mm, or the knives can be removed from work for maximum versatility. To extend working time when a fine chop is not required, it is also possible to run with effectively a half set of knives, by simply retracting 12 or 13 knives.

A new pto driveline with longer greasing intervals for easier servicing is featured on the 644 and 744 models. In addition, the 744 wrapping baler is now ISO-Bus certified and features as standard the new CAN-Bus VTI 1300 display. This Virtual Terminal Implement system replaces the previous combination of a BaleTrak Plus monitor and a GreenStar display unit in the tractor cab.

This is designed to be easier to operate, with more functionality, and offers an automatic greasing system option that enables the operator to adjust the baler lubrication process from the tractor cab. Bale diameter on the 744 is adjustable between 1.25m, 1.3m and 1.35m for additional versatility in all crop conditions. The baler can also load up to 12 rolls of film for longer working days.

The 644 fixed chamber baler, on which the 744 wrapping baler is based, is a heavy-duty machine delivering high-density bales for intensive silage operations. The netwrapping system features storage capacity for three net rolls, including CoverEdge, and optional features include a pick-up roller compressor, pivoting gauge wheels and an electronic bale shape indicator.

The 854 and 864 variable chamber balers produce up to 15 per cent higher density bales of up to 1.55m or 1.8m diameter in all crops, from straw to silage, by utilising larger diameter tensioning cylinders and redesigned tension arms.

These newly styled models incorporate reinforced composite side panels, and Premium versions are fitted with a range of other features as standard, including the pick-up roller compressor, automatic chain lubrication, a cleaning auger and the CoverEdge netwrapping system. CoverEdge stretches 5 to 10cm over the edge of the bale, to improve silage quality as well as ease of bale handling and storage.

New Round Balers range for 2010

854 Roto Flow Round Baler

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