Archive for July, 2013


Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

A JCB farm loader stolen by thieves
in the UK was traced and recovered less than 24 hours later in Holland
after an international police pursuit – thanks to JCB’s LiveLink tracking
The TM320 articulated wheeled loader
- with a value of around £75,000 – was taken from the premises of JCB dealer
Cotswold Farm Machinery in Cheltenham, sparking a hunt by police forces
in four countries. However, the machine was fitted with JCB’s telematics
system LiveLink so during the pursuit, staff in the security control room
at JCB’s World HQ at Rocester were able to provide international police
forces with live updates of the loader’s precise location.
The machine was tracked initially at
Dover and then through France and Belgium as it was transported on a curtain-sided
lorry. It was eventually recovered nearly 400 miles from its original destination
and the driver of the lorry arrested after police put in place a road block
near to Rossum on the Dutch/German border.

New Holland Dealers celebrate success with prestigious national awards

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

New Holland has celebrated the success of its extensive dealer network awarding four accolades recognising excellence in performance and service quality.

Winners included; Lloyds Ltd for Large full liner Dealer of the Year, Robert D. Webster Ltd for Medium full liner Dealer of the Year, Francis Bugler Ltd for Medium Tractor Dealer of the Year, with J R Perry Ltd picking up the award for Irish Dealer of the Year.

Three new dealers achieved outstanding levels of performance: Adrian O’Brien tractors of Sligo, Ireland; RES Tractors of Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire and The Burdens Group of Boston, Lincolnshire. All three exceeded objectives and fully established themselves as first class New Holland dealers

These dealers were recognised for their outstanding efforts from New Holland’s network of over 64 dealerships with 139 locations in the UK and Ireland, all providing high levels of local service to the farming community.

Andrew Watson, New Holland’s Managing Director, said: “I would like to personally thank all of our dealers and particularly those recognised with these individual awards, which are extremely well deserved. It is great to see their commitment to the New Holland brand and their customers


Friday, July 26th, 2013

JCB today announced that it had won
one of the biggest single orders in its history after securing a deal for
900 machines worth more than £53 million from leading UK plant hirer Fork
The deal for Loadall telescopic handlers
cements Ipswich-based Fork Rent’s position as the UK’s biggest hirer
of the product and with the most modern fleet of this type of machine.
The machines are manufactured at JCB’s World HQ at Rocester, Staffordshire
and all are to be delivered during 2013..
Fork Rent Chairman Guy Nicholls said:
“Fork Rent and JCB have a great working relationship that spans over 25
years and that enables us to provide our customers with the latest technology
and most highly specified machines. This latest investment in new plant
delivers on our commitment to offer customers the highest level of service
back up in our industry, reliability and peace of mind.”
The deal will also mean that Fork
Rent becomes the first major plant hire company to buy the new JCB 540-200
Loadall, Europe’s highest-reach rigid frame telescopic handler, capable
of reaching a height of 20 metres. Fork Rent is adding the 540-200
model to its fleet as part of its commitment to offer customers the most
innovative and productive equipment available in the market. Many of these
machines are fitted with JCB’s new and unique Ecomax Tier 4 Interim/Stage
IIIB engines manufactured at JCB’s engine factory in Foston, Derbyshire.
Guy Nicholls added: “Fork Rent strives
to be at the cutting edge of developments in the materials handling industry.
As the first company to invest in JCB 540-200s, we can rightly claim to
be reaching new heights in our industry with these machines. With fuel-efficient
JCB Ecomax engines under the bonnet, customers can also look forward to
lower fuel costs as well as exceptional reach. We are also proud to have
bought more JCB telehandlers than any other UK company.”
The JCB Ecomax engine meets Tier 4
Interim / Stage IIIB/ emissions standards without using costly diesel particulate
filters (DPFs) or exhaust after-treatment fluids, such as AdBlue. The benefits
for customers include better visibility from the cab, lower servicing costs
and improved day-to-day running costs, with Ecomax-powered JCB Loadalls
using 7% less fuel compared with outgoing models.
Fork Rent purchased its first JCB
machine in 1987, and since then, the company has invested in more than
5,500 JCB machines through JCB dealer Watling JCB. The company now offers
the full range of JCB telescopic handlers from the ultra-compact JCB 515-40
right through to the high-reach JCB 540-200.
JCB’s UK & Ireland Sales Director
Dan Thompstone said: “Fork Rent’s reputation for investing in modern
and up-to-date machines is well known across the industry. JCB’s reputation
for innovation in construction equipment is equally well-known. So we’re
delighted that Fork Rent is investing in machines that will deliver meaningful
benefits to their customers, with fuel-efficient JCB Ecomax engines for
lower running costs and 540-200 models offering much higher reach.”
With a lift capacity of four tonnes,
the new JCB 540-200 – which has a lift height of three metres greater
than its nearest JCB rival – was designed with the customer firmly in
mind. With faster cycle times, it will set a new benchmark for productivity
and satisfy a growing demand from customers for increased lift heights
and better forward reach capabilities.
Fork Rent Plc, the UK’s largest privately
owned self drive plant hire company, has a fleet of over 3000 machines
including JCB backhoe loaders, compact excavators, large excavators, dumpers,
access equipment and utility vehicles, in addition to a significant fleet
of the highest specified Loadall telescopic handlers


Monday, July 22nd, 2013

AGCO’s overarching new global technology strategy is called FuseTM Technologies and it will provide professional growers seamless integration and connectivity across all their farm assets – regardless of brand. It will transform current precision farming practices by delivering precision agriculture solutions that lead to reduced input costs, greater efficiency and profitability. AGCO’s current telematics and data management offerings such as AgCommandTM and VarioDoc TM, auto guidance solutions such as Auto-Guide TM 3000 and VarioGuideTM, and future generations of these and other core precision farming technologies will be added to the Fuse Technologies portfolio. Additionally, as the strategy evolves, a major focus of Fuse Technologies will be to ensure an “open” approach to technology integration in AGCO equipment. This will allow connections to existing service providers and Farm Management Information System (FMIS) software that is already in use and trusted by AGCO customers.

Same Deutz-Fahr at the Royal Welsh Show

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Taking centre stage in the Deutz-Fahr display is the award winning, range topping 7250 TTV which is powered by a new 263hp, 6-cylinder Deutz engine having its exhaust gasses treated by an SCR catalytic converter to meet Tier 4i emission requirements.
A ZF TTV transmission provides a top speed of 50kph and a fuel saving 40kph which is achieved at 1300rpm engine speed. A joystick control allows stepless speed changes from zero through to top speed and precise speeds when operating in the field.
The event will also be an opportunity for visitors to see examples from the recently launched 6 Series tractors – the 6160.4 with its new Sense-Shift transmission system – and two models from the new 5 Series – the 5120 and the 5100 complete with loader. The 5 Series offers four models in the 100hp to 130hp power bracket.
Heading up the SAME presentation is the new 110hp Virtus 110, one of three models in this new range which feature a high power to weight ratio. All models are powered by 4-cylinder, electronically managed common rail engines and comply with Tier 4i emission regulations.
For the transmission, a 30+30 Powershift provides a top speed of 40kph, a working range from 2.9 to 16kph and a 134m/hr creeper speed. There is also an automatic front wheel drive engagement.
Supporting the new SAME Virtus is the popular Explorer 105 which is rated at 102hp and powered by a turbocharged and intercooled SDF 4-cylinder engine which drives through a 15-speed, three range transmission
There is also the Dorado 90 Classic on display. Rated at 95hp when the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is running at 1600rpm, this tractor is equipped with an independent shuttle operation when using, for example, a loader.


Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

The company – which currently has 11
plants in the UK and 11 overseas and is the world’s third largest manufacturer
of construction equipment – is creating a new logistics hub on land next
to the A500 in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
The facility will open in the environmentally-friendly
Blue Planet warehouse on the Chatterley Valley site. JCB has agreed a long-term
lease for the building and has been conditionally offered £2.9 million
from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund to support job creation on
the site and to provide training programmes. In addition, the company has
also signed an option to purchase an adjacent 7.7 acres of land from Newcastle
Borough Council to facilitate future expansion.
The distribution hub will be commissioned
this month and by the end of the year will employ around 60 people. Employment
levels are expected to rise to more than 300 people once the facility becomes
fully operational in the next two years.

New SAME tractor site, , is now on line.

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Designed to meet the needs of farmers and dealers who wish to know all about the latest product developments, the new SAME web site is available in 16 versions and nine languages to promote the product range and provide information on local initiatives and promotions.
The site’s graphics have been completely redesigned and the SAME brand image has been defined with the new logo which was introduced in 2012.
Visitors to the site will also discover the dealer locator has been updated – not only can the nearest dealers be located, it also enables them to be contacted immediately via email, as well as displaying the relevant telephone numbers and the route to get there.
Above all, the product presentation has been completely revised, full of insights, multimedia content and information material which can be down loaded. Worthy of note is the ability to compare up to three models to help to select the tractor which best suits requirements. Assisting this selection process is a series of topical questions regarding the type of work the tractor will be required to perform. By registering, site visitors can also specify their preferred models and receive personalised information and updates.
The web site’s contact area offers opportunities to be in touch with the SAME world, both in terms of sales networks and also in the various aspects associated with the activity of the brand, including company visits and the possibility of becoming a testimonial and sharing with other “SAME enthusiasts” your experience with SAME tractors.

John Deere’s online harvest

Monday, July 8th, 2013

John Deere combines will be the stars of a new video campaign during this summer’s harvest, as part of the company’s ‘Let’s meet in the field’ initiative.

Expert operators from dealers in Scotland and East Anglia – Will Hutchison of Thomas Sherriff at Haddington, East Lothian and Andy Mennell of Ben Burgess at Newmarket, Suffolk – will be demonstrating the performance of John Deere S- and T-Series combines at various farms in their respective areas throughout the harvest period (weather permitting!)

The drivers will be filming the progress of their individual combine demo tours, and the results will be posted weekly on a dedicated section of the John Deere website, at The harvest tour footage will also be highlighted on the company’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

In addition, during each week of the tours visitors to the website will be able to play an online game, with the chance to win prize vouchers to spend at the John Deere Online Shop. The website will also provide details of the dealer drivers and technical features of the combines.

John Deere launches new X700 diesel lawn tractors

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

The new range includes:
 the X750 with two-wheel drive and two-wheel steering, which replaces the previous X740 model;
 the X754 with two-wheel drive and four-wheel steering, which is a new model in the range;
 the X758 with four-wheel drive and two-wheel steering, which replaces the X748.

All three new models are built around a redesigned, fully welded steel frame for maximum strength and durability. They also feature a redesigned air intake for improved air management and cooler operating temperatures.

The liquid-cooled three-cylinder diesel engine is rated at 24hp and has a displacement of 904cc, offering the right capacity to handle demanding commercial applications. Efficient combustion reduces exhaust emissions, increases fuel economy and consequently lowers operating costs.

The permanent hydraulic four-wheel drive system on the X758 lawn tractor avoids turf damage by adjusting the speed automatically on each front wheel. The X754 model’s improved four-wheel steering system provides maximum manoeuvrability and efficient trimming around landscape features and other obstacles.

Three rotary mower decks are available for all three models. The 48C, 54HC and 60HC are shaft-driven, stamped from a single piece of heavy-duty steel and painted in a dual stage process, to provide extra durability and protection from rust. Cutting widths are 122, 137 and 152cm (48, 54 and 60in), and mulching kits are optionally available.


Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

AGCO, Your Agriculture Company (NYSE: AGCO), a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, today named Eric Hansotia Senior Vice President, Global Harvesting and Advanced Technology Solutions. “We are very pleased to announce that Eric Hansotia has joined our executive team,” said Martin Richenhagen, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of AGCO. “He will be responsible for a global team of professionals focused on the development, sales, product management and support for global harvesting equipment as well as for precision agriculture and connectivity technology for all AGCO machinery.”

Mr. Hansotia has extensive Agricultural Industry experience in engineering, quality, advanced technology, manufacturing, product management and global business leadership. In his 20-year tenure with John Deere, his most recent role was Senior Vice President, Global Harvesting, where he led a multi-billion dollar business with 13 facilities located around the world. In addition, he served as Vice President, Global Crop Care based in Mannheim, Germany where he managed a multi-billion dollar group responsible for Sprayers, Tillage, Seeding, and Planting equipment.