Archive for May, 2012

JCB Supply 22 JZ140 Zero Tailswing Excavators to Rocket Rentals

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

A Gloucestershire plant hirer has bought 22 JCB JZ140 tracked excavators to meet a growing demand for the machine from UK house builders.
Dursley-based Rocket Rentals has already taken delivery of 12 machines with a further 10 to follow during 2012. All of the 14 tonne, zero tailswing models are fitted with JCB’s LiveLink telematics system which is particularly beneficial for hire fleets. With customer health and safety of paramount importance to Rocket Rentals, each has also been specified with the JCB Dualock Quickhitch, additional hand rails on the upper structure along with dozer blades for enhanced performance.

Rocket Rentals Director, Simon Tomblin said: “For self-drive rental firm like ours, zero tailswing is essential. Much of our business is in groundworks for the major UK house builders. Space is often tight, so zero tailswing means less damage and ticks many crucial health and safety boxes.
“We monitored the evolution of JCB’s zero tailswing excavators for some time before making our first purchase. Since then, the JZ140 has proven to be cracking machine with great demand from our customers, hence taking ten more over the coming months. As with the all JCBs, they are backed up brilliantly by our dealer Holt JCB which provides excellent support and next day parts delivery.

“LiveLink is another major factor why we choose JCB. Not only does it give us total peace of mind on security, it gives us complete control and a better understanding of our fleet from a business perspective. We have a real time overview of where our machines are operating and can also access data on each machine’s performance, efficiency and reliability – which shows us how effective our investment has been and steers us when updating the fleet.”
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Case IH Launchs AFS Support Centre

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Case IH Advanced Farming Systems® (AFS) customers will see an added level of support for their precision farming investment. The new AFS Support Centre provides 24/7/365 access to service and support for everything from monitors, to guidance technology, to receivers, to section control. This additional support will help Case IH customers stay on the leading edge of technology while also minimizing downtime and offering solutions around the clock.

“In cooperation with Case IH dealers, the AFS Support Centre will provide the new level of support required by today’s advanced technologies,” says Uli Sommer, Case IH AFS Marketing Manager. “Now, when a customer calls his country specific AFS Support Centre phone number, he will be connected to a local language speaking AFS support engineer who is dedicated to putting precision farming technologies to work in conjunction with Case IH equipment.”

The AFS Support Centre will further supplement the quality AFS services offered through dealerships by providing highly-trained support engineers with quick access to additional resources. These support engineers will be able to tackle particularly complex issues and will be fully integrated with a centralised knowledge database. Also, product engineers are literally on-hand for additional support and knowledge.

“The AFS Support Centre’s ability to assist with in-field support and coordinate with the service provided through dealerships will give Case IH customers an extended team of experts,” says Sommer. “This ‘one-stop shop’ allows the AFS Support Centre and the technical support staff at dealerships to “own” all issues through to resolution. Real-time data on product issues, trends and analysis are supplemental benefits.”
Case IH AFS Systems

John Deere Has Improved the ProGator for 2012

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

John Deere’s 24hp ProGator 2030A diesel utility vehicle has been improved for 2012 with the addition of hydraulic disk brakes on all four wheels for increased performance, and a higher maximum payload capacity of 1594kg.

This new version of the heavy-duty, two-seater ProGator also features enhanced styling, including a green two-post ROPS frame in common with other John Deere self-propelled machines. It can be equipped with a standard tipping cargo box for use as a general materials transporter, or with specialist turf maintenance equipment for a wide range of applications in the golf & turf and commercial groundscare markets.

These include sprayers (such as the John Deere HD200), spreaders, top dressers (including John Deere’s own TD100), materials collection systems and other equipment capable of utilising the vehicle’s factory installed auxiliary hydraulic services.

The ProGator has a five forward, one reverse speed synchronised transmission, now with a tighter gear shifting pattern, and a maximum speed of nearly 20mph. It offers a choice of two- or optional four-wheel drive plus full front and rear suspension, hydrostatic power steering and a large 30-litre fuel tank. The tilting steering wheel has five positions for maximum driver comfort.

Cargo box capacity is 876kg and towing capacity at the rear hitch is 680kg, while overall payload capacity with driver, passenger and loaded attachment has increased by nearly a third. An optional cab can also be fitted in place of the ProGator’s standard ROPS frame.
ProGator 2030A 2012 studio

John Deere’s New 6R Tractors

Monday, May 28th, 2012

6150R tractorNew small and medium frame tractors from the John Deere 6R Series tractor range can be seen on the John Deere stand at Cereals 2012 in June.

With the addition of these new smaller models, nine tractors altogether are available for 2012, from 105 to 210hp (or 125 to 240hp with Intelligent Power Management, for road and pto applications). Featuring the new John Deere tractor family styling, all 6R models offer new levels of power, performance and operator comfort, including improved suspension and cab visibility, more powerful hydraulics and increased lift capacities.

The small frame 6105R, 6115R and 6125R models are equipped with a Stage IIIB 4.5-litre four-cylinder PowerTech PVX engine rated from 105 to 130hp. John Deere’s fuel efficient diesel-only PowerTech engines use field proven technology to meet the latest emission standards, based on exhaust gas recirculation.

The medium frame 6130R model is powered by a 130hp four-cylinder engine mounted on a six-cylinder frame, while the other two medium frame models, the 6140R and 6150R, are equipped with a Stage IIIB 6.8-litre six-cylinder PowerTech PVX engine rated at 140 and 150hp respectively.
Transmission options include the newly designed 24-speed DirectDrive, which combines the handling comfort of an infinitely variable shift transmission (IVT) with the power efficiency of a mechanical unit, while providing fuel savings of up to 10g/kWh compared to an IVT.

The new 6R ComfortView cab has over 20 per cent more space and a similar increase in visibility. It offers a completely new level of operator comfort, with features such as the 7in full-colour GreenStar 3 CommandCenter display with optional touch screen and video capability, integrated climate and radio controls, Bluetooth connectivity with SIM card access and an optional panorama roof. The display is fully compatible with ISOBUS and tractor-implement automation (TIA) applications.6125R tractor + H340 loader

The New Cultiline HR Series 1000 Power Harrow

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

The new design of the SULKY power harrows aims at total robustness in the demanding conditions of combined drilling with an “integrated” seed drill. In particular the adoption of a strengthened solid coupler head with special high elastic limit steel and redesigned side braces will be noted. The central gearboxes accept more power at power take-off: 190 HP for the 3.00 m and 220 HP for the 3.50 and 4.00 m working widths.
New non-stop oversized track eradicators have been developed. They are slightly angled to be incorporated into the power harrow without the risk of interaction with the tractor tyres.

As far as ergonomics are concerned, the new levelling bar has a centralised adjustment by a handle. This adjustment is simple and accessible. Always with the aim of facilitating operations in the field, even with a seed drill coupled on the power harrow, the scraper bar can be completely retracted to make cleaning the roller easier. The side deflectors are extended and can be adjusted so that their anti-ridging action is optimum, even at current sustained forward speeds.

The Series 1000 work quality has also undergone functional improvements. The tines have taken on a new, more receding shape which is therefore more favourable for traction.
The “Series 1000” SULKYS have retained two major assets: 4 rotors by meter to save traction power requirement and an exclusive system of fast dismantling of tines by the centre of the rotor.

For more than 10 years SULKY has guaranteed the gear troughs and the drive box of its power harrows.

New Holland Launchs Farming Weather Forecast and Services App

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

New Holland’s commitment to making farming easier for enhanced productivity is once again confirmed by the launch of the free ‘Farming weather forecast and services by New Holland Agriculture’ app which forms a key element of the overarching digital strategy. New Holland is the first in the agricultural sector to develop and launch such an application, which is distinct from the purely product based apps already on the market, and offers the increasing number of farmers and agribusinesses that use smart phone technology a comprehensive service.

The ‘Farming weather forecast and services by New Holland Agriculture’ app was initially launched in Brazil, in Portuguese, on the occasion of the Agrishow held from 30th April – 4th May in Ribeirão Preto and will be subsequently rolled out in Europe at the Cereals event, which takes place on 13th and 14th June at Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire UK, as well as in North America.

The ‘NH weather’ app, which has been optimised for iPhones, and that can be downloaded from the Apple Store (, is set to become as important for farmers as traditional sources of information. Each morning, before starting their day, farmers and contractors will consult their personalised application to confirm or modify their day’s plans. A whole host of information is available at their fingertips, from 24 hour to long range forecasting, the latest industry news and even a service which enables them to easily contact their local dealer for further information.

John Deere’s Auto Trac Controller Widens The Net

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

AutoTrac Controller

John Deere’s proven multi-brand satellite guidance system is now available as a more fully integrated solution for other makes of tractor and older John Deere models.

New AutoTrac Controller will be featured on the John Deere stand at Cereals 2012 in June, as part of the company’s AMS (Agricultural Management Solutions) precision farming display. It provides non-John Deere and mixed fleet users in particular with the same benefits and advantages as the established AutoTrac automatic steering system.

These include less operator fatigue; consistent accuracy, with reduced overlaps and misses leading to increased productivity and machine efficiency; less wear and tear on equipment; and typical fuel savings of 10 to 15 per cent. Experience with AutoTrac has shown that automatic guidance can achieve savings of between £6000 and £10,000 a year on a 500ha arable farm, for example.

AutoTrac Controller provides fast line acquisition and can be used at all accuracy levels, including the free StarFire 1 signal (30cm), StarFire 2 (10cm) and StarFire RTK (2cm). It operates with John Deere’s AMS GreenStar 2 1800 and GreenStar 3 2630 displays plus the StarFire iTC and 3000 satellite receivers to provide improved accuracy and repeatability, compared to other universal steering systems. It is also compatible with John Deere’s iGuide automatic implement guidance and GreenStar documentation systems.

AutoTrac Controller needs to be fitted by a John Deere dealer, which may take one or two days depending on the level of modification required. Currently it can be fitted to selected John Deere 6000/6010 and 7000/7010 Series tractors plus Fendt Vario, Case IH Steiger and Case IH MX Magnum models – further information on approved platforms can be found at the website.

JCB Win £60m Machine Tender

Monday, May 21st, 2012

JCB has won one of the biggest single
tenders in its history with an order for more than 1,000 machines worth
over £60 million for the Brazilian Government.
The company beat off competition from
other major global manufacturers to secure the deal for the fleet of backhoe
loaders, which will be used to improve the road infrastructure in the country.
The first 114 of the 1,016 backhoes have now been delivered and the keys to one of the first machines handed over by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff
to Cleri Camilotti, the Mayor of the city of Três Passos from the State of Rio Grande do Sul.
The remainder of the 3C backhoes – all of which will be manufactured at JCB’s factory in Sao Paulo, Brazil – will be delivered by the end of June. The machines are being bought by the Brazilian Federal Government for use in more than 1,000 municipalities across the country with populations over 50,000 people. They will be deployed to improve and open up thousands of miles of secondary roads in communities heavily dependent on farming, ensuring food gets to its final market much quicker.
president of Brazil Dilma Rousseff and governor of Rio Grande do Sul state Tarso Genro walking by the Backhoes

Case IH Farmall A Tractor Range

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

The new seven-strong Farmall A range will makes its debut to UK and Irish customers at the respective grassland events. The range extends from the 55hp Farmall 55A to the 115hp Farmall 115A tractor.
Farmall 55A – the farmyard specialist
Farmall 55A is a new 55hp single specification tractor open station tractor. Standard specification is an 8×8 synchro transmission with left hand mechanical shuttle enabling quick and easy direction changes in shuttle type operations. Standard equipment also includes one rear double-acting remote valve and 540 rpm pto.
Whilst these tractors are designed primarily for working in and around yards and livestock buildings, the rugged and robust construction also makes the tractor very capable in a support role within many other environments. Available in either 2wd or 4wd, these tractors are equipped with an easy access spacious, comfortable operator’s platform.
A folding roll over protection is also part of the standard equipment. When folded this allows the tractor to access areas with a door height of 2m.
Farmall 65A, 75A, 85A, 95A, 105A, 115A – for farmyard and field
Farmall A, which supersedes JX range, brings new features, an increase in power, two additional higher powered models and a new ergonomically designed cab. These six new models which span the 65 – 115hp range are all available in 4wd.
Standard specification on Farmall 65A, 75A, 85A, 95A is a 12 x 12 mechanical shuttle, while the Farmall 105A and 115A benefit from a 12 x 12 powershuttle. In addition, the powershuttle is available as an option on Farmall 85A and 95A.
Internally the ergonomics of the cab have been given a complete overhaul with remote valve levers, hand throttle and rear 3-point hitch control relocated to improve the simplicity of operation. The heating and ventilation unit is now relocated to the rear of the cab to improve the feeling of spaciousness and enable a high visibility panel to be incorporated into the roof. This optional high visibility panel will be especially valuable for front loader operations enabling drivers to keep the loader in view when stacking bales or operating in low roof buildings.
Farmall 65A and 75A are ideally suited to perform the support role on large livestock units whether operating yard scrapers or powering straw choppers. The Farmall 85A and 95A combine power with economy and make ideal loader tractors, while the extra power available from the Farmall 105A and 115A makes these tractors ideally suited for high pto power tasks like operating diet feeder wagons.
Outside of the farmyard these tractors will play an important role in transport, slurry / manure spreading, fertiliser application, silage making and a variety of other field operations. Maximum rear lift capacity is an impressive 3,565kg and up to three rear remote valves can be specified.
Farmall 115AFarmall 115U

Same for Deutz-Fahr At Cereals 2012

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Deutz-Fahr L730

Cereals 2012 will be an important event for Same Deutz-Fahr – the company is displaying a comprehensive line-up of the latest Deutz-Fahr product ranges.
These will include top end models powered by the very latest Tier 4i Deutz 4-valve turbocharged high torque engines based on SCR technology and employing AdBlue injection systems.
Taking centre stage is the new Agrotron L730. With a six-cylinder 7.1 litre, 213hp engine under its bonnet, this Deutz powered tractor has a full powershift transmission offering three speed ranges.
Deutz-Fahr combine harvesters are represented by the range topping 366hp 6095 which has, for this event, been equipped for the first time with a Biso header – a 7.5m version. The five-model Deutz-Fahr 60 Series combine harvester range, which use straw walkers and well proven technology, are renowned for their reliability.
Telescopic loaders will also be present headed up by the popular mid-range Agrovector 30.7, which has a lift capacity of 3000kg to a height of 6.9m.
Add in the 163hp M625 Profiline, the 181hp M640 Profiline and the latest versions of the Agrofarm models and the Deutz-Fahr line up for Cereals is complete.