Archive for August, 2012

New CLAAS LEXION and ARION make Ploughing Match debut

Friday, August 31st, 2012

New ARION 600 and 500 series tractors
The ARION range has proven a major seller for CLAAS in Ireland. The new generation ARION 600 and 500 range builds on this success and features the latest engine technology in order to fully meet the TIER 4i emissions regulations.

However, the most noticeable new feature for operators is the cab, which is the same as that used on the top-of-the-range AXION 900 launched last year, which sets a new standard for tractors in the ARION power sector.

The cab is positioned slightly further forward, which allows the rear pillars to be moved forward and a curved rear window to be added which provides exceptional rearward visibility. The cab has just five pillars, so providing greater all-round visibility.

Internally, the slimline dashboard is mounted on the adjustable steering column, so can be swung up out of the way for easy entry, and up to five different seat options are available.

The new ARION is powered by Powertech PVX engines with DOC/DPF emissions treatment technology, that offer higher power and torque levels. Maximum power outputs range from 145hp up to 184hp, driving through the well proven and high efficient CLAAS HEXASHIFT transmission.

As previously, all new ARION models are available in either CIS or CEBIS variants. CIS models retain the DRIVESTICK transmission control whilst CEBIS versions, in addition to having the screen incorporated into the armrest, are controlled using the new CMOTION multifunction control unit.
New LEXION combine range
For 2013, CLAAS has introduced a new range of LEXION combine harvesters, including the addition of a new top-of-the-range model, the LEXION 780, the output from which is about 10-12% higher than that of the current LEXION 770. At the same time the output potential of the rest of the Hybrid LEXION 700 and straw-walker LEXION 600 series combines has been increased.

Central to the changes to the LEXION combine range for 2013 are new, more powerful, Stage IIIb (TIER 4i) compliant engines, plus a new DYNAMIC COOLING package for the LEXION 780/770/760 models.

The new 2013 LEXION 700 series also feature the new CEMOS AUTOMATIC control system, making it the first combine to have the ability to automatically adjust itself to harvesting conditions. The system uses numerous sensors to monitor a wide variety of parameters that enable the combine to adjust separation and cleaning settings automatically.

All LEXION 700 and LEXION 600 series combines now feature more powerful TIER 4i emissions compliant engines, with SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) technology used on the two most powerful models, the LEXION 780 and 770.

To accommodate the increased power output of these engines, the new DYNAMIC COOLING system draws air in from above the combine, which is then forced downwards over the engine and sideways through louvers down the side of the combine to stop dust rising. The system also includes a variable fan that only ever provides the cooling output required, so saving power.

In the cab, all the main operating functions are controlled using the new CMOTION control unit and LEXION 700 series and the 670 are also equipped with the latest CRUISE PILOT II system, which when used in conjunction with CEMOS AUTOMATIC and GPS steering, makes the combine virtually fully automatic.

As before, the TERRA TRAC system is available on larger models, which accounts for around 80% of sales where available. A new narrow width model, the LEXION 760 with 40kph roadspeed is available as are three MONTANA hillside versions
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Case IH Farmall

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Three new series mark the return of a legend
With the launch of new Farmall U, Farmall C and Farmall A series tractors, the Farmall name, deeply rooted in the history of Case IH returns to the forefront of farming. Ninety years after the launch of the first Farmalls, a success around the globe on account of their reliability and versatility, Case IH is relaunching the famous name on a line of tractors that have those exact same qualities. The new tractors received their worldwide launch in Switzerland at the end of July.

Farmall U – The 100 hp bracket all-rounder
The Farmall U Series is a completely new development and has been designed as a premium package, all-round performer that is equally at home on livestock or arable farms. In addition to a new design, the Farmall U series features a completely new 3.4 litre common rail engine, incorporating a wastegate turbocharger, intercooler and an external EGR system. There is a choice of 95, 105 and 115hp models.

Transmissions can be tailored according to the intended use of the tractor. Standard transmission for UK and Ireland is a 24 x 24 powershuttle with two step powershift. As an aid to driving comfort, the driver can select the response speed of shuttle by three-stage rocker switch located on cab ‘B’ pillar. On loader related activity, the fastest response setting enables quicker direction changes for short cycle times and more productivity. In addition, a 20 x 20 powershuttle with creep speed is an option.

Powerful back end
There are further improvements and performance enhancements at the rear. Maximum lift capacity of the electronically controlled linkage is 5,400 kg, with fingertip operation of all key functions, including float, transport lock and maximum hitch height. External raise and lower buttons are positioned on both rear fenders to enable easy hitch up of implements. An external pto start / stop switch extends versatility in static pumping or slurry mixing operations.

New cab concept
Farmall U benefits from the same premium cab concept as Farmall C, and brings significant advances compared to the outgoing JXU. To limit overall vehicle height, heating and ventilation components are packaged under the cab with outlets incorporated into the dashboard allowing cooling air to be directed to the body in summer and hot air to the feet in winter. Standard equipment includes a passenger seat and factory fitted radio with many storage pouches located around the interior. Electrical power outlets and an optional ISO 11786 socket enable Farmall U to power the most demanding of implements.

In front loader operations, an integrated roof visibility window maximises operator convenience.

Farmall C – Compact and versatile
The Farmall C is a completely new series spanning the 55 to 75 hp range, designed for use in livestock farming, specialist crop work such as vegetable production or wide spaced fruit orchards as well as municipal and ground care tasks where compactness and light weight are a bonus. Farmall C features impressive manoeuvrability, an outstanding power-to-weight ratio and strong hydraulic performance, plus superb all-round vision to the key working areas.

Agile modern engines
The new Farmall C replaces the former Quantum C series in the 55-75 hp band, with three models of 55, 65 and 75hp. Power is provided by a 3.2 litre four-cylinder engine from FPT (Fiat Powertrain Technologies), which combines with the tractors’ compact form to produce a favourable power to weight ratio and a turning circle of only 3.80 metres.

Standard transmission in UK and Ireland is a 12 x 12 synchromesh with optional 20 x 20 creep speed transmission. Whilst mechanical shuttle is standard, the powershuttle is proving to be a very popular option. Top speed is 40 km/hr, while a creep option allows speeds down to 123 metres/hr.

New cab concept
In the development of the new Farmall C series, Case IH engineers focused on maximum driver comfort and ergonomics. Farmall C has a flat-deck cab with heating and ventilation components located under the cab and outlets incorporated into the dashboard. The result is improved comfort from a completely flat floor, good air distribution and exceptional visibility without negative impact on vehicle height. For loader usage, the integrated roof visibility window permits optimum vision of the front loader and the optional loader joystick incorporated into the design delivers best ergonomics.

Farmall A – More power, improved ergonomics,
With the new 65-113hp six-model Farmall A series, Case IH offers greater flexibility and with two new higher powered models at 105 and 113hp offering a wider choice in this popular power sector.

Farmall A is about economy and efficiency, with tractors that feature powerful engines and simplicity of operation.

At the heart of the Farmall A Series are modern, three and four cylinder turbocharged FPT engines. Robust and compact, their characteristics include a high torque rise, meaning fewer gear shifts and high efficiency, plus a low specific fuel consumption.

A wide range of transmissions are available, including an economical 12 x 4 constant mesh, a 12 x 12 synchromesh, a 20 x 12 creep speed transmission or a 12 x 12 powershuttle, the latter particularly suited to loader work. For powered implements, a 540rpm and a 540rpm Eco PTO are provided, plus a 1000rpm PTO for bigger implements.

The new comfort zone
Driver comfort has been at the core of the design of the new Farmall A series, and while these are relatively small tractors, their operator accommodation is anything but. Spacious cabins with convenient access, they also offer improved comfort through the grouping of important controls to the operator’s right.

In comparison to the outgoing JX, the heating and ventilation components of Farmall A are mounted externally to the rear of the cab increasing internal space and enabling a loader visibility panel option. A new engine hood with headlight cluster completes the family appearance.
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JCB’s Mini Secuirity Measures

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

JCB has taken a big step to protect
its smallest plant by announcing all JCB mini and midi excavators sold
in the UK now feature its 3-star Thatcham approved immobiliser fitted as
standard. With over £1 million worth of plant stolen every week across
the UK and Ireland – and just five per cent ever recovered – this move
will protect thousands more machines against theft and reduce insurance
premiums on them by up to 45 per cent.

The 801 mini excavators were the first
to benefit from the fitting of immobilisers in 2010 and the security measures
have gradually been rolled out to the rest of the range, culminating now
in the final three models, the 8025, 8030 and 8035ZTS machines, having
the security device.

This means all of JCB’s extensive
16-machine mini and midi excavator line-up – from the 1.5-tonne 8014CTS
model up to the 8-tonne 8085ZTS – now have the new JCB immobiliser. It
is available as either a key transponder immobiliser or a key pad punch
button pin system, depending on customer preference.

Key customer benefits include:

•    Reduced
insurance rates of up to 45%

•    Nil
insurance theft excess when insured with JCB Plantmaster insurance

•    Reduced
likelihood of machine theft

•    Increased
control over machines by eliminating unauthorised starting

•    Restriction
of machine use to approved and competent operators only

•    Easy
management of the system – enabling the addition or re-programming of keys
or PIN

JCB’s UK & Ireland Sales Director
Yvette Henshall-Bell said: “This latest announcement is another clear
signal of our commitment in the on-going fight against plant theft in the
UK. JCB’s development of a 3-star Thatcham approved immobiliser and decision
to fit it as standard across our mini and midi excavator range sends a
clear message to our customers. We will continue to invest in measures
to help protect their businesses and reduce the cost of owning JCB equipment.”

Thatcham – the motor insurance repair
research centre – is a non-profit organisation created and funded by the
UK motor insurance companies to develop nationally recognised standards
for security equipment. Its endorsement of a product has a significant
impact on insurance rates for equipment. To obtain approval, machines fitted
with this immobiliser system have been subjected to a 15 minute attack
test as well as demonstrating compliance with a number of other stringent
requirements, such as limiting the number of attempts to enter a code and
the duration of the ‘restart window’ after a machine is stopped.

TMF Group Expand Into Kilkenny

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

John Deere dealer Templetuohy Farm Machinery Ltd (TFM) has agreed to purchase the business of Comerfords Garage of Ballycallan, Co Kilkenny, as part of John Deere’s on-going ‘Dealer of Tomorrow’ initiative.

Comerfords Garage will continue to trade under the name of TFM/ Comerfords at the same location, covering the Kilkenny/Carlow and surrounding areas, with Pat Comerford remaining as branch manager. All administration will be centralised at the group’s head office at Templetuohy, Thurles, as is the policy for all TFM branches. The existing Comerfords staff will become part of the TFM team, and the branch will continue to provide full sales, service, parts and workshop support from the existing premises.

The deal which has been agreed will see two of the country’s most respected and long-serving John Deere dealerships combined to form a stronger, future-proof organisation dedicated to servicing customers in all areas. “Customers in the Kilkenny/Carlow region will see no change to the existing team, but we hope they will enjoy the benefits of a more efficient and specialised service,” says TFM sales manager Pat Costello.

“Our aim is to work closely with the Comerfords team so that we can continue to build on the excellent values, customer relationships and service levels that have already been established over many years in this area.”

Pat Comerford of Comerfords Garage adds: “Delivering the best sales and service solutions to our company’s customers has always been our top priority. Although very successful to date, we fully understand that as a single outlet organisation, Comerfords Garage was more exposed to the future challenges of the agricultural and machinery industries.”

Each business has a trading history of approximately 30 years as John Deere dealers, with the majority of key staff having from 15 to 30 years’ experience. “We can offer sales and service specialists in all the main product lines, including tractors, combines, green crop equipment, sprayers and AMS precision farming systems, as well as support programmes such as PowerGard maintenance and protection,” says Pat Costello.

“We also carry over 2.4 million euros worth of parts in stock, with a 90 per cent fill rate and a 99 per cent next-day parts delivery service. This agreement is a good fit for both dealerships, and by joining forces in this way we’ll be better placed to offer the very best in machinery sales and service to existing and new customers.”

Templetuohy Farm Machinery was established by brothers James and Joseph Butler at Barna, Templetuohy, Thurles, Co Tipperary in the spring of 1982. Since that time they have added three other branches at Clonmel in Co Tipperary, Enniscorthy in Co Wexford and Portlaoise in Co Laois.

In the spring of this year John Deere also appointed TFM to cover the Wicklow territory. In addition to John Deere’s full line of agricultural equipment, TFM’s other key franchises include Caterpillar and Schaeffer farm loaders, and Lemken ploughs and cultivation equipment. The company has also recently launched a new hire fleet service across the whole of its trading area.
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