Archive for August, 2013

SDF appoints new Parts Sales and Marketing Manager

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Taking on the mantle of Parts Sales and Marketing Manager for Same Deutz-Fahr is Jason Webb who will head up a team of three to expand and grow what is already a successful business for the company.

Jason, whose working career has been involved in agricultural machinery, joins SDF from Agco where he was Business Manager Parts Sales for Central Europe.

“I have always been interested and involved in the mechanical side of agriculture and particularly in the aftersales side of the business where parts can make an enormous contribution to a dealer’s business,” he says.

“Same Deutz-Fahr is clearly a major manufacturer which produces a range of high quality tractors having the respect of the industry and I look forward to the opportunities and challenges my position will provide.”

Jason will be based at SDF’s UK headquarters at Barby, Warwickshire although he says he will also be visiting dealers throughout the UK and Ireland.


Monday, August 26th, 2013

A fleet of eight 20-tonne JS200 crawler excavators has been bought by a construction company and put to work one of the biggest ever highway projects in the Caribbean.

Construction company Construtura OAS has purchased the machines and pressed them into service on the US$7.5 billion Solomon Hochoy highway extension project in Trinidad and Tobago. They have been bought from JCB’s distributor in Trinidad & Tobago, FT Farfan.

The customer, a division of the OAS Group, has a fleet of more than 150 JCB machines in its domestic market of Brazil, and the level of service and back-up provided by JCB and its dealer network has played an important role in this latest purchase.

Construtura OAS has been awarded several sections of the highway contract and the company decided that because the contract was due to last for around five years, that it was more economical to purchase equipment outright rather than to hire in excavators from local companies.

JCB Dealer FT Farfan, a member of the Bryden Group, has supplied the fleet with full service contracts for the first three years of ownership. Farfan will provide OAS with 24/7 emergency support, as well as carrying out all regular maintenance on the contract.

The Solomon Hochoy Highway is the major north-south highway in Trinidad and Tobago, connecting Chaguanas with San Fernando. Originally built as a two-lane road in the early 1970s, it was expanded to a four-lane highway later in the decade. The Ministry of Works and Transport is now undertaking the project to extend the road to Point Fortin.

The project will include a new section of four-lane highway from St Mary’s Junction to Point Fortin, a four-lane highway from Golconda to the Siparia area, a four-lane section from the Siparia area to Point Fortin with a two-lane road connection to La Brea, and the creation of four lanes on the existing South Trunk Road from Gulf City to Paria Suites.

One of the biggest construction businesses in Brazil, Construtura OAS is no stranger to large infrastructure projects and already carries out major works throughout Latin America, with current contracts in Haiti, Columbia and the Dominican Republic. This is the firm’s first project in Trinidad though. OAS has dealt with JCB dealers in a number of countries as well as in its native Brazil.

Combine and Round Baler tour showcases New Holland technology

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Farmers across the UK will be able to get to grips with the latest New Holland harvest technology during a debut tour of the new CX8080 Elevation combine
and RB150 baler.

The two-day demonstrations at a series of sites around the country are the earliest opportunity for customers to get a taste of the machines and see
their capabilities in action.

During August and September New Holland specialists will be on hand with the dealers at these special events to provide the latest information and
answer questions .

CX8000 Elevation super conventional combines are raising the stakes in terms of productivity for strawwalker technology, producing over 490 hp for
unsurpassed capacity. The CX8000 Elevation is perfectly at home in all crops, terrain or conditions.

The CX8000 Elevation combines are also fitted with ECOBlue™ SCR engines which comply with the stringent Tier 4A emissions regulations.

The new Roll-Belt range brings the entire baler line up to date, answering the needs of contractors and farmers alike
for a high performance variable chamber baler.

The RB150replaces the BR7000 and delivers capacity increases of up to 20 per cent. Available in 1.5 and 1.8-metre bale diameters, it’s set to become
the default choice for large livestock operations together with cooperatives and straw, hay and forage contractors.

New Holland Marketing Manager Richard Spencer said: “The CX8080 Elevation combine and RB150 baler are both setting the standard in their segments,
so this is a really exciting tour when they will be unveiled to the market.
“For our customers it’s the first time they’ll be able to see these two stunning machines in action. It will showcase their power, efficiency and quality,
as well as New Holland’s standard comfort and ease of use.

“These new models have answered the latest demands from farmers and businesses, ready in time for the 2014 selling season. This is an excellent opportunity
to demonstrate first-hand what these new models can achieve.”

Fruit Focus gives warm welcome to new Boomer 50 from New Holland

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

New Holland’s brand new Boomer 50 compact tractor got a warm welcome both from the weather and visitors when it was introduced to this year’s Fruit Focus.

There were a record 126 exhibitors at the East Malling Research Centre in East Malling, Kent, on Wednesday July 24th, where the Boomer 50 made its debut for New Holland dealership Haynes Agricultural Ltd.

At least one deal was agreed off the back of the show, with a T3030 tractor on its way to a local buyer. Several quotes were also requested, including for the unveiled Boomer 50 which impressed the crowds.

Fruit Focus is the UK’s leading technical event for the fruit industry, annually bringing together more than 1,200 growers and industry professionals with over 115 leading suppliers.

Haynes Agricultural Ltd General Sales Manager Jeremy Cloude said: “People there were impressed with the products on display. In particular there was plenty of interest in the new, adaptable and manoeuvrable Boomer

“A lot of the good response is down to its three-speed rear PTO providing up to 1,000 rpm. It’s got a powerful four-cylinder engine, a tight turning circle, and ergonomic controls with a practical, easy-to-use layout.

“Farmers are starting to renew their older tractors and the new Boomer range is meeting their demands very well. It’s going to be very popular.”

Also attracting the crowds to the New Holland stand was the impressively versatile T4050N narrow four-wheel-drive with its exceptional array of options to refine steering – such as with the tight-turning SuperSteer™
front axle – transmission, speed, power and more.

The go-to tractor for fruit growers, the award-winning T4000 range offers perfect dimensions and unmatched manoeuvrability. Combining rugged build and excellent operator comfort it suits every specialist requirement.

Jeremy Cloude added: “There was a lot of optimism about at Fruit Focus and it was busier than usual on what was a scorching day!

“Both the Boomer 50 and the T4050N got a great reception and we’re looking forward to displaying more new products at the National Fruit Show in October.”

Haynes Agricultural Ltd is based in Maidstone, Kent, and operates from three depots in Great Chart, Wrotham and Uckfield, serving customers across Kent and East Sussex.

Join John Deere on Facebook

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Fans of John Deere in the UK and Ireland can now follow the company on the official John Deere Facebook page and YouTube channel, with new content tailored specifically for these countries.

The Facebook page aims to provide a place for John Deere fans to exchange news and information about the company, its products and activities. Fans are encouraged to get involved by posting comments and photographs, or by clicking the Like button.

Recent official postings have included Zara Phillips celebrating John Deere’s 50th turf division anniversary at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, The 2013 Open golf championship at Muirfield, the latest Gator 4×4 crossover utility vehicles and John Deere’s online harvest campaign, featuring S- and T-Series combines. The John Deere Facebook page can be found at or by clicking on the Facebook icon on the company’s website home page at

The John Deere YouTube channel features product videos, along with helpful tips and advice. Fans can sign up on the site as subscribers to get updates when something new is posted. The link for the John Deere YouTube channel is

Massey Ferguson flagship MF 8700 Tractor Series hits 400hp

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

With Power Management generating up to 400hp, the new MF 8700 Tractor Series includes the most powerful tractors from Massey Ferguson ever built.

Set for launch at the Agritechnica Show in November, the new MF 8700 Series builds on the success of the award-winning MF 8600 Series, which were the first ever agricultural tractors to use Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology.

The five new models are powered by the latest, most advanced AGCO POWER engines, which comply fully with the strictest Stage IV/Tier 4 final emissions regulations and feature changes to the transmission, cab and controls to further boost performance, efficiency and ease of use. All are now available with a choice of Efficient or Exclusive specifications.
New MF 8700 Series specifications
Model MF 8727 MF 8730 MF 8732 MF 8735 MF 8737
Max. power EPM (hp)* 300 325 350 380 400
Max. power (hp) 270 295 320 350 370
Rated Power (hp) 240 265 290 320 340
Cab Versions Efficient, Exclusive

New Holland CX7000 and CX8000 Elevation Combines. The cleanest grain sample from the world’s most powerful super conventional combine harvester

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

New Holland has launched the latest generation CX7000 and CX8000 Elevation super conventional combines. The world’s most powerful strawwalker machine, up to 490hp, delivers unsurpassed straw quality and the cleanest grain sample for the
world’s professional large-scale farmers and contractors. In just over a decade, over 10,000 CX combines have been produced, testament to its immense popularity amongst industry professionals the world over.
“The CX range was launched in 2001, and today it is still the most powerful, highest capacity conventional combine in the world.” Stated Hedley Cooper, Head of Combine Harvester Product Management. “The introduction of our award winning
Opti-Fan™ and Opti-Clean™ technology improves cleaning performance by up to 20% and will enhance the profitability of all farmers.”
Award-winning Opti-Fan neutralises the effects of slopes on the cleaning system
The Opti-Fan™ system, standard on all models, compensates for the impact of uphill and downhill slopes on harvesting performance. The operator sets the fan speed on level ground and the system automatically adjusts it when the harvester
goes up or downhill. When travelling on upward slopes the speed is reduced to ensure the material does not travel too quickly over the sieves causing losses, when tackling downhill gradients it increases the speed to prevent thick build ups. This efficient
system provides a better grain sample and reduced losses.
Opti-Clean™ system delivers up to 20% more efficient cleaning
The Opti-Clean™ system is standard on machines specified with a self-levelling cleaning shoe, and improves cleaning performance by up to 20%. It optimises the stroke and throwing angles in the cleaning system for enhanced cleaning efficiency.
The grain pan, pre and top sieves operate independently to optimise the cascade for increased capacity, and the longer sieve stroke and steep throwing angle keep more material airborne for enhanced separation.
Ground-breaking Opti-Speed™
strawwalkers: up to 10% higher productivity
The CX7000 and CX8000 Elevation also feature the exclusive Opti-Speed™
strawwalker technology, which delivers up to a 10% higher productivity. This unique system automatically varies the strawwalker speed based on the field’s gradient. The operator simply selects from four pre-sets: wheat, maize, rapeseed and rice, and
the Opti-Speed™ system takes care of the rest. When driving uphill, the strawwalker speed reduces to decrease the transport speed of the straw over the strawwalkers and when driving downhill, strawwalker speed is increased
to prevent blockages. This system is particularly beneficial for maize harvesting thanks to slower strawwalker speeds.
Larger grain tanks and faster unloading
All grain tank sizes have been significantly increased; and the CX8080 & CX8090 Elevation now benefits from a maximum 11,500 litre tank. This means combines can work for longer without having to unload, to facilitate grain logistics. Furthermore,
unloading speed now tops 125 litres/second, 14% faster than previous, to ensure the largest grain tank is emptied in just over 90 seconds.
SmartTrax™ rubber tracks: reduced compaction and improved traction
The in-house designed New Holland SmartTrax™ rubber track system is available on the CX7090, CX8080 and CX8090 Elevations models. The triangle structure reduces ground pressure by up to 57%, when compared to wheeled machines. The SmartTrax™
features positive lug drive to transfer maximum tractive force to the ground. The SmartTrax™ system is available in two track widths: 24” (610mm), for conformity with the 3.5 metre transport width restriction, and 30”(760mm), ideal for those working in the
most extreme conditions.
High intensity light packing for true, around the clock harvesting
In order to deliver at-a-glance harvesting efficiency, the entire range is equipped with the IntelliView™ IV, 26.4cm ultra-wide colour touchscreen monitor. This terminal enables operators to monitor and modify a whole host of harvesting
parameters instantly.
Following extensive customer consultation, New Holland has introduced its most complete lighting package as an optional extra, improving the spread of light to the front of the combine by up to 55%. The two additional HID lamps light the
full header, and an additional lamp illuminates the field ahead. Two halogen lamps are fitted to the rear shield, and cast a broad spread of light to enable operators to monitor residue distribution or straw flow from the rear of the combine. A further two
lamps are positioned on the side panels, and illuminate the rear axle, to prevent operators inadvertently driving over standing crop or valuable straw.
Operator comfort has been further enhanced courtesy of the upgraded seat with deep cushions and extended fore-after adjustment to ensure operators of all sizes are comfortable. The optional, heated full-leather seat offers a luxurious touch
for the most demanding operators.