Archive for June, 2013

UK launch of Deutz-Fahr 5 Series tractors

Monday, June 24th, 2013

The Royal Highland Show is the venue for the UK launch of the new Deutz-Fahr 5 Series tractors. Equipped with Deutz-engines famed for their economy and reliability, the three-model range offers a power span from 100hp to 122hp and three-stage powershift transmissions.

Equipped with powerful hydraulics and designed to meet the demands of modern farmers, the 5 Series tractors are equally at home working in the field or performing tough jobs around the yard operating a loader.

Joining the 5 Series tractors will be the larger Deutz-Fahr 6 and 7 Series tractors – the first time all three ranges have been displayed before. The 6 Series offers six models for a power band from150hp to 190hp and includes two four-cylinder short wheel-base versions.

Topping out this prestigious display of new tractors is the award winning 263hp 7250 which heads up the 7 Series models. Awarded the title of Tractor of the Year, the 7250 is powered by the new Deutz 6.1 series Tier 4i engine which drives through a TTV transmission.

As with the 5 and 6 Series models, the 7 Series has benefitted from a collaborative approach to its design by calling on the talents of the world famous Giugiaro Design company. The resulting design has been recognised throughout the industry as setting new standards in tractor styling.

SDF will also be displaying the well-established 100hp Agrofarm 420 GS which has a two-stage powershift transmission, complete with Powershuttle making it the ideal loader tractor for the stockman

NEW HEIGHTS WITH THE JCB FARM MASTER 435S AGRI WHEELED LOADER

Friday, June 21st, 2013

JCB has launched a new version
of the UK’s most popular high performance wheeled loader to put greater
productivity in the hands of larger farms and contractors. The JCB Farm
Master 435S Agri builds on the success of its predecessor – the 434S Agri
– as the industry’s first heavy class wheeled loader built exclusively
for agricultural applications.
Like its predecessor, the new 4.2-tonne
payload Farm Master 435S Agri is powered by a 6.7-litre Cummins QSB six-cylinder
engine but with catalyst and particle filtration exhaust after-treatment
technologies to meet European Stage 3B emissions rules.
It also has a variable geometry turbo
generating increased performance at lower engine speeds. Peak outputs are
unchanged at 230hp and 945 Nm torque, so the machine’s unrivalled power-to-weight
ratio of 16.8hp/tonne, which gives it agile silage clamp climbing performance, remains uncompromised.
The new Powerinch feature disengages
the clutch when full engine speed is required at low ground speed for optimum
loader tear-out and lift. On the road, the transmission gearing provides a 48kph top speed
Operators get to enjoy a quieter working
environment in the new cab, where maximum noise level is down to just 70
dB(A). Climate control air conditioning with increased ventilation and
air recirculation is a new alternative to the standard system and an Actimo
XXL luxury air suspension seat is introduced as an option for best comfort through a busy working day.
Essential specs – JCB 435S Agri
•    Payload/lift
height: 4200kg / 3.61m
•    Engine:
6.7-litre, 6cyl Cummins QSB Tier 3B with auto low-speed idle (700rpm)
•    Power/torque:
230hp max; 945Nm
•    Transmission:
6×3 auto powershift with torque converter lock-up and Powerinch low-speed
auto clutch
•    Axles:
4wd with open, limited slip or auto locking front, LSD rear differentials
•    Hydraulics:
Dual variable displacement, load-sensing piston pumps; 264-litre/min max
•    Weight
13,688kg

New large square balers from John Deere

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Following a strategic cooperation agreement with the Kuhn Group, announced in May 2011, John Deere has been selling limited quantities of its high capacity 1400 Series large square balers in the UK and Ireland, which are now available for the 2013 season.

There are three basic models in the range, the 1433, 1424 and 1434, respectively producing bales 80cm wide by 90cm high, 120cm by 70cm and 120cm by 90cm. Bale length ranges from 60cm up to 300cm, and can be controlled electrically from the tractor cab as an option.

ISOBUS is standard on 1400 Series balers, to allow the operator to adjust and control various settings from the tractor cab, including bale density and precutter knife selection. The tractor’s existing ISOBUS monitor can be used if available, including John Deere’s GreenStar 2 1800 or GreenStar 3 2630 touchscreen displays. Tractor power requirement is from 115hp.

The balers feature a heavy duty, high capacity rotor with direct crop intake from the pick-up and fewer wearing parts, for increased performance in all crops and conditions. Depending on the model, 1400 Series balers are available with either 2.1 or 2.3m RotoFlow or precutter pick-ups with pivoting wheels.

Precutter models have 10 knives with individual spring protection on the 1433C, or 23 hydraulically protected knives on the 1424C and 1434C, giving a minimum length of cut of 70mm or 45mm respectively. The balers also feature a single tie knotting system, and hold 24 rolls of twine.

The pre-compression chamber and packer design, with a high capacity plunger working at 46 strokes/min, allows the baler to adapt to changing windrow conditions and produce a consistently hard, dense and well-shaped bale. This helps to improve bale handling, stacking and ease of transportation, and results in a more attractive bale to feed or sell.

The balers also feature cam clutch protection of the drivetrain components for extra reliability, a rear roller chute with last bale ejection, and steered tandem axles with high flotation tyres as standard. Single axles are optionally available on the 1433 RotoFlow and 1433C precutter models, fitted with larger profile tyres.

DEUTZ-FAHR logo: unmistakable power

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Lauingen, June 17, 2013; DEUTZ-FAHR has marked the progress of farming technology with innovative projects. With this orientation and an aim of pursuing ever more fervently its positioning strategy, the German brand renews its logo.

Maintaining the values and characteristics of its own history, DEUTZ-FAHR interprets them in a symbol that stands for dynamism and mechanical power, an emblem that represents its strong, decisive and ambitious personality. The new design originates from a longstanding collaboration with Giugiaro Design, which, using the stylistic lines of our products, created a distinctive and unique profile that conveys a sense of innovation, technology and design – representative values of the German brand.

The launch of the logo is also an opportunity to renew the DEUTZ-FAHR merchandising offer by creating an all-new collection with various lines specifically designed for individual audiences. You can take a sneak peek at the first new products at www.collection.deutz-fahr.com , and the catalogue will be added to as the next Agritechnica 2013 event approaches.

JCB MARKS MILLIONTH MACHINE MILESTONE IN COLOURFUL STYLE

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

HUNDREDS of JCB employees today joined in the celebrations to mark the production of the company’s one millionth machine – enough diggers to stretch from the UK to Australia.

The landmark is being marked in vivid style with the whole of the glass frontage of the World HQ at Rocester, Staffordshire, UK, being encased in a graphic wrap marking the achievement. The picture covers an area of more than 900m² and a total of 207 windows have each been individually covered with a section of the print – evolving like a giant jigsaw puzzle over a total of 50 hours as five people pieced it together.
Nestled behind the glass in the reception area is the actual one millionth machine, a 22 tonne JS220 tracked excavator in shimmering silver. Staggeringly, if all of the one million machines made by JCB were laid out end-to-end they would stretch from the UK to Australia.

JCB Chairman Sir Anthony Bamford said: “It’s taken JCB more than 67 years to produce its millionth machine. Incredibly, one third of those machines has been produced in the last six years. Reaching the million milestone is the result of a huge effort by the JCB team past and present and it’s an achievement everyone can be justifiably proud of. Given our continuing growth, JCB’s two millionth machine will be produced in considerably less time.”

More than 2,500 JCB dealers and customers will be joining in the celebrations in the next five weeks as the company embarks on the next phase of its global growth programme by staging the biggest ever product conference in its 67-year history. The event in Staffordshire is showcasing all the latest machines in JCB’s construction, agricultural and industrial ranges.

JCB CEO Alan Blake added: “The global dealer and customer conference is the biggest in JCB’s history and unveiling our latest product innovations to delegates, will be a key driver for our future growth. Given the scale of the event, JCB’s investment in this conference is also providing a very positive spin off for the local and regional economy.”

During the conference JCB will demonstrate more than 100 of its innovative machines as well as present technical details on their features and benefits. Over the period of the conference JCB has booked a total of 4,700 hotel room nights for delegates from almost 130 countries.

Gator gets a makeover

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Following customer feedback, John Deere has introduced a number of additional new features on the XUV 855D Gator 4×4 utility vehicle for 2013. These include a digital instrument cluster, a bigger capacity 55A alternator and a much larger 27.6-litre fuel tank, to enable longer working days.

The dash-mounted instrument cluster displays the odometer, ground speed, fuel level and coolant temperature, engine rpm, a clock and the four-wheel drive indicator. It can be adjusted for different tyre sizes to ensure that the ground speed is accurately shown, particularly when using sprayer or spreader attachments, or driving on the road.

Engine braking has also been improved, to provide better performance in hilly conditions. The vehicle’s descent control system has been redesigned to enable the clutch to stay engaged, providing more controlled deceleration down to around 3mph.

In addition, the continuously variable transmission (CVT) intake now draws in 50 per cent more air to reduce heat, as well as the amount of water ingested by the CVT system and the clutches. This leads to less belt slippage and improved durability overall.

This follows the introduction of a new electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) system earlier this year, which is now standard on the XUV 855D Gator with olive & black livery, and optional on the green & yellow version.

The 25hp XUV 855D Gator has a top speed of 32mph (52kph) and features true on-demand four-wheel drive, activated by a dash-mounted electronic switch, and all-round suspension, adjustable at the rear. Ground clearance is 267mm (11in), total payload is 635kg and towing capacity is 680kg.

The Gator’s standard four post ROPS frame can be optionally upgraded to a deluxe full glass cab if required, and further options include tool carriers and cargo box dividers, a front mounted load rack, a bull bar and side extensions. A rear bumper and horn are now standard.
Price of the new 2013 model John Deere XUV 855D 4×4 Gator utility vehicle starts at £12,227 (€14,385 in Ireland) for the base machine in green & yellow livery, fitted with standard seats and Terrahawk all-purpose tyres. The power steering option adds £512 (€602) to this model, while the olive & black version with power steering as standard starts at £12,843 (€15,110). All prices exclude VAT.

New Holland launches Auto Command™ transmission for T6 and T8 ranges of Tractors and new Roll Belt Baler in the UK at Cereals 2013

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

New Holland has chosen the forthcoming Cereals Show at Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire to mark the first UK showing of the T6 and T8 ranges of tractors equipped with the industry-leading Auto Command transmission, to add to the existing line up of T7 models. This gives the brand a comprehensive range of tractors with a variable speed transmission from 110 to 230 rated engine horsepower.

Also on display for the first time will be a new Roll Belt baler to add to the current offering of round balers and combination wrappers.

As well as the excitement of new products on stand number 10-M-1001, New Holland will also be exhibiting a selection of other hay and forage equipment as well as a CR9090 Combine Harvester on tracks and a selection of other tractors and material handling equipment.

Visitors to the New Holland stand will be able to meet Product Specialists and learn more from the New Holland team not only about the range of products but also the full array of equipment dedicated to precision farming.

New Holland will also showcase information on the newly unveiled Customer Centre in Basildon, located at its award-winning assembly plant.

PEAK PERFORMANCE FROM JCB IN VENEZUELA

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

A JCB 3C backhoe loader is carrying out dramatic mountainside road repairs on a dilapidated stretch of highway in the Venezuelan Andes.

The JCB machine is one of six JCB 3C backhoe loaders recently purchased by civil engineering firm Construcciones y Asfalto Andes C.A. which specialises in road construction and asphalt work. They join a JC330 tracked excavator and a JCB 456ZX wheeled loading shovel in the fleet.

One of the 3C models is working alongside the brand new JS330 on a major road repair project. The machines are operating on the edge of a steep valley, reinstating eroded sections of a 40km stretch of the Carretera Nacional Meridas Barinas Troncal 1 highway that runs from Apartaderos in Merida state to La Raya on the border of Barinas state.

All the machines were supplied by JCB’s Venezuelan dealer – Meta – which is based in the capital city, Caracas. Construcciones y Asfalto Andes is one of Meta’s leading customers with a relationship dating back to 1990.

New Fella centre-drawbar mower works both sides

Monday, June 10th, 2013

The new 3m Fella SM 3065 Trans KC, trailed mower conditioner is a clean sheet design that introduces a range of innovative features including a centre-pivot drawbar, a heavy duty transport chassis frame as well as Fella’s exclusive driveGuard protection.

“A central-pivoting drawbar provides the huge advantage of being able to operate to the left and right, like a reversible plough,” says David Blackwood, Fella’s Export Area Manager. “This brings a number of benefits – for a start you don’t have to work in lands. This increases field efficiency because there is no time wasted driving to the next bout and it reduces the amount of short-work. It also cuts headland compaction because the ground is only driven over once.”

Prototypes of the Fella SM 3065 T have been on test for the past three years and have worked in heavy grass crops in the UK, Sweden and New Zealand. “Actually we had a prototype, disguised as a current machine, at work at last year’s Welsh grassland event and it was one of few mowers that was able to cope in the atrocious conditions and continue to cut all day,” adds Mr Blackwood.
Unique driveGuard protection

Mounted in a new chassis, the mower bed features Fella’s unique shaft drive to each disc unit. This unique system increases efficiency, with much less power loss across the bed compared with gear trains.

The driveline protected by Fella’s award-winning driveGuard overload system. Instead of shear bolts or pins, this simple, cost-effective device employs special external discs, fitted to the top of the disc units, which transmit the drive from the central shaft to the discs through small shear-point ‘tabs’.

Should the discs hit an obstruction, the tabs shear off to protect the driveline. Replacement simply involves removing a cover, undoing and a set bolts that hold the discs in place and slotting in a new disc before replacing and tightening the bolts.

With a socket on a ratchet the process can be accomplished in just a few minutes. As well as being faster and easier to replace, the disc-system doesn’t suffer cause damage to the driveshaft, unlike shear bolts and pins that elongate their threads and mounting holes and potentially contaminate the oil in the bed.

Record sales for Horsch in 2012

Friday, June 7th, 2013

• 1000% growth during the last 10 years
• HORSCH achieves a record result in 2012
• 20 Million Euro invested in expansion projects

Horsch Maschinen GmbH announced a record 226 million Euro turnover for 2012, an increase of 33% compared to the year before. A turnover of 23 million Euro in 2002 means this is an increase of 1000% within 10 years. No other manufacturer of agricultural machinery has shown such growth. Horsch is facing 2013 with a lot of optimism and is planning a medium-term turnover increase to approximately 250 million Euro.

Strong key markets
Strong key markets (Germany, France, Poland, Czech Republic, United Kingdom and Denmark) and the resurgent markets of Russia and Ukraine, as well as a high turnover increase in the Eastern European States, contributed to this enormous turnover boost. Horsch is also pleased to be operating strongly across diverse markets, which provides greater sales resilience.

Strong Leeb sales in the plant protection sector increased its turnover share to 5%. Excellent performance by our sales partners contributed to this exceptional high growth.

In 2012, business in the US developed positively too. Horsch North America and Horsch Anderson were able to gain market shares and to extend the range of products. Especially the Joker compact disc harrow and the Maestro single grain seed drill, which are proving very popular with the customers. Single grain technology is also one of the most requested for products in South Africa, another market that is developing well.

Horsch’s top performers – Pronto, Terrano, Joker and Tiger – are being supported by strong sales of the sprayers and Maestro drill, which has been awarded the prize Machine of the year 2012.

New jobs
But all these records would not be possible without new employees. The company slogan “Farming with Passion” is an attitude to life that encompasses all employees at home and abroad. Employee numbers have risen again by 200 to about 950 people, with a 100 new jobs to be created in 2013. In addition, Horsch invests heavily in the training and development of new colleagues.