Archive for September, 2013


Monday, September 30th, 2013

JCB TM180 and TM220

A package of upgrades ensures that
the JCB TM180 and TM220 compact telescopic wheeled loaders continue to
punch above their weight. The main change is the switch to the sophisticated
JCB Diesel by Kohler engine which provides more power and torque, as well
as lower running costs and cleaner emissions. This Stage IIIB/Tier 4 2.5-litre
engine meets the next stage of emissions regulations without the need for
a diesel particulate filter or external exhaust after treatment, in line
with the innovative JCB Ecomax engine, which is fitted into machines spanning
the 74hp to173 hp range.

Other changes include a re-designed
rear chassis that allows towing – up to 3.5 tonnes – for the first time,
and the introduction of a high-speed option for the TM180 that increases
top speed from 20kph to 35kph for quicker travel between sites. The TM220
already has a 40kph top speed option.

Off-road, the new option of a 100%
locking front differential on both machines adds to their traction potential.

Handling performance is already competitive
so remains unchanged. The TM180 lifts 1800kg to a full-height of 4.5m when
measured with pallet forks and it can handle more than a tonne with the
telescopic boom level and fully extended – useful real-world performance.

If more handling muscle is needed,
then the TM220 fits the bill with 2200kg maximum lift to about the same
height and 1250kg fully out-stretched to off-load a trailer of fertiliser
bags or place silage into a feeder.

However, boom end-damping, adaptive
load control to guard against forwards instability and a choice of three
quickhitches add to the comfort, safety and versatility of these machines.
Changes beneath the surface are highlighted by a new joystick control with
range-shift button and a more informative new instrument cluster in the
cab, as well as fresh styling for the counterweight and engine cover.

It is beneath the engine cover that
the biggest change is evident – a 2.5-litre direct injection JCB Diesel
by Kohler 2504 TCR engine now powers both machines, with Euro Stage 3B
/ US Tier 4 Interim emissions achieved without exhaust after-treatment.

The TM180 gains a useful 4.3% increase
in power to 48kW (65hp). Power output for the TM220 is unchanged at 56kW
(75hp) but the engine’s common rail fuel injection, four-valve cylinder
head and sophisticated exhaust gas recirculation combine to generate 20%
more torque: 300Nm at 1500rpm with almost 90% still available at just 1000rpm.

Low oil consumption and 500-750 hour
oil filter intervals (subject to operating conditions) will help keep running
costs of these versatile loaders in check.

JCB Farm Master 413S Agri

Increased engine and hydraulic power
for added performance, plus an all-new cabin that will make life more comfortable
for the operator, are key features of the new JCB Farm Master 413S Agri
wheeled loader.

Performance gets a shot in the arm
with a 12% increase in peak power and 3% gain in peak torque by upgrading
from the 4.4-litre JCB Dieselmax to the new 4.8-litre JCB Ecomax engine
with 108kW (145hp) and 550Nm torque.

In the hydraulics department, the
twin gear pump installation of the outgoing 412S model has been replaced
by a load-sensing variable output piston pump with 23% more output at 156-litres/min.
It also brings fuel-saving potential and less wear and tear by delivering
only as much oil as the machine needs.

Introducing electro-hydraulic proportional
control for the auxiliary valves means that the third and fourth spools
can be controlled at the same time, and the new constant flow options equips
the 413S to power attachments such as a sweeping brush and snow blower.

A high lift option giving 6% more
load-over height than standard will be welcomed by operators filling high-sided
trailers and bio-energy feedstock bunkers.

The most striking change, however,
is the new styling and cab, which bring practical improvements as well
as giving the machine a sleeker, more modern appearance that will appeal
to professional operators. The cab is significantly larger, quieter and
more comfortable, with a new instrument display set in front of the driver
providing more useful information. Optional climate control air conditioning
has been added to automatically maintain a comfortable temperature.

Visibility to the rear is better thanks
to the compact, sloping engine cover, and the glazing should stay cleaner
now that the chassis-mounted mudguards fully cover all tyre sizes. With
service items more accessible on the JCB Ecomax engine, looking after the
new JCB Farm Master 413S Agri will be an easier experience.


Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

The world’s biggest JCB dealer depot
has officially opened its doors for business after a £6 million investment
designed to accelerate growth in one of the company’s most important markets.

Stroykomplekt (SKL) is the JCB dealer
in Ekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth largest city and home to 1.3 million
people. From its base, the company covers a vast area of almost 7 million
km² (2.7 million square miles) and in the past seven years has seen a 10-fold
increase in sales. SKL’s new facility covers 3,500m² and has a showroom
for 25 machines as well as an impressive parts and service operation.

The honour of officially opening the
new premises fell to JCB CEO Alan Blake who described Russia “as one of
the jewels in the crown of JCB’s global sales regions.”

“Almost one in four machines sold
in Russia is made by JCB”, Alan Blake said. “This success could not have
been achieved without excellent dealers; dealers with vision; dealers who
are prepared to invest and dealers with ambition. And this is what we have
with Stroykomplekt.

“By investing £6 million in new premises
Stroykomplekt has demonstrated not only a commitment to providing excellent
service support but also great ambition to grow their business. The opening
of this fantastic new building sets the standard for others to follow.”

JCB sold its first machine in Russia
- a backhoe loader – in 1979 as part of the build-up to the Moscow Olympics.
Today the company sells a wide range of other equipment in the country
including tracked and wheeled excavators, telescopic handlers, mini excavators,
wheeled loading shovels and skid steer loaders.

Across Russia and the CIS JCB’s dealers
have a network of 70 depots with another six opening this year.

Same Deutz-Fahr at the National Ploughing Championships

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Same Deutz-Fahr plans to have two distinct display areas to at this year’s Ploughing event – a move designed to emphasise a differentiation of the SAME and Deutz-Fahr brands.

*Deutz-Fahr: stand 388, avenue W

For the Deutz-Fahr display, the event will be the first time that models from the recently introduced 5, 6 and 7 Series tractors will be on show in both Powershift and TTV formats. There will be examples from each of the ranges – the award winning 7250 TTV, the 6180 TTV and the 5120 TTV and, with Powershift transmissions, there will the 6180P followed by the 6150.4 and the 5110.

The range topping 263hp 7250 TTV, is powered by a Deutz 6.1 series Tier 4i engine while the 6180 forms part of a six-model line-up which covers the 150hp to 190hp power band. The 5 Series comprises three models and offers a power span from 100hp to 122hp.

Deutz-Fahr will also be promoting a new initiative which will involve inviting visitors to register on the stand for a Deutz-Fahr driving experience – dealers will be running a series of driving days during October and November to provide an opportunity for customers to drive the 5, 6 and 7 Series tractors.

Completing the Deutz-Fahr exhibit will be the brand’s 5-walker 6040 combine harvester and the new Agrovector 37.7 telescopic loader.
*SAME: stand 413, avenue X

The SAME display will provide visitors with the chance to see the new 122hp Same Virtus 120 alongside the latest versions of the popular Tiger, Dorado and Explorer tractors.

Introduced last year, the three-model Same Virtus range is powered by electronically powered 4-cylinder Deutz engines driving through powershift transmissions. Features include a high power to weight ratio – the 120, for example, has a ratio of just 38.5kg/hp.

For SAME tractor enthusiasts, there are also plans for a vintage SAME to be on the stand in support of a brand focus on the SAME heritage. All of which should make interesting viewing.

New heavy-duty XUV Gators from John Deere

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Reflecting the growing popularity of crossover utility vehicles, John Deere’s latest heavy-duty Gator line-up features two new four-wheel drive models, the fast and powerful XUV 825i plus the four-passenger XUV 855D S4.

More power, speed and acceleration are provided by the XUV 825i Gator, which has been designed for drivers who demand advanced off-road performance, all-day riding comfort and the ability to cope with extreme terrain. Gators have always been known for their durability, versatility and safety – the XUV 825i maintains all of these core qualities, but the extra power and speed are what set it apart from the rest of the current range.

The XUV 825i is equipped with an 812cc, three-cylinder, liquid-cooled, dual OHC petrol engine producing 50hp and a top speed of 44mph, plus a 26.7-litre fuel tank. The engine incorporates electronic fuel injection for easy starting, which together with the new continuously variable transmission (CVT) air intake results in smoother automotive-style performance.

A fully locking four-wheel drive system allows this Gator model to cope easily with all types of terrain. The fully independent double wishbone suspension provides 203mm (8in) of wheel travel and up to 267mm (10.5in) of ground clearance. Power steering with an anti-kickback feature is standard, providing easy control of the vehicle with little effort, regardless of the driving conditions.

New Holland sets the pace at BBC Harvest

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Is it feasible that agriculture should step back one hundred years to try and regain a little of the romanticism that seems to have embraced harvest time? As part of the BBC’s Harvest program, a
series of three programmes set to be broadcast in September, an experiment took place on the Essex farm of Guy Smith to establish just what the difference is between a modern combine harvester and a more traditional way of bringing in the harvest.

Using a state-of-the-art New Holland CR8080 SmartTraxTM combine from local dealer Ernest Doe, presenter Philippa Forrester shows viewers how a modern machine brings together all the separate
operations that our ancestors used to undertake to complete harvest and took control to get a feel for the output of a modern harvester. Equipped with New Holland’s GPS guidance system IntellisteerTM, Philippa managed to resist the temptation
to grab the steering wheel and take a straight swath out of the field.

To offer a contrast and a glimpse of a bygone age, volunteers learnt the art of hand cutting wheat with hooks and scythes while a veritable army of local schoolchildren was gathered to relearn the
lost art of hand threshing. Led by co-presenter Gregg Wallace and equipped with pillow cases, bats, sticks and even tennis rackets, the volunteers proceeded to thresh the cut crop and then using sieves and a further measure of manual labour, were introduced
to the art of winnowing – using wind to clean the crop.

Over more than 100 years, the founding companies that have created the modern entity that is New Holland have sought to make life easier and more productive for the farmer. From stationary engines
and threshing machines, through to tractors and grape, cane and combine harvesters, New Holland has consistently been at the forefront of innovation, helping farmers to expand the boundaries of agriculture.

The BBC Harvest Programme is intended to give the wider public an in-depth view of harvest time for UK Agriculture. A series of three programmes covering the harvest of fruit, cereals and vegetables
is scheduled to be broadcast this week (Sep. 11th, 12th, 13th). Following on from the difficult harvesting and sowing conditions of 2012, the series of programmes will show viewers the culmination
of what has proven to be one of the more difficult farming years in recent memory.

Using the CR8080’s GPS system and on-board weighing equipment, Philippa managed to harvest an average of 11kg of wheat a second during her stint behind the wheel.

To find out how the challengers fared with their un-mechanised harvest, tune in to BBC Harvest.

BBC Harvest is on at 8pm on BBC 2 on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th and at 9pm on Friday 13th. Enjoy the viewing!

New DEUTZ-FAHR C9000 Series combine harvester

Friday, September 6th, 2013

DEUTZ-FAHR is set to launch a new range of combine harvesters for the 2014 season. The C9000 series, with its new technical innovations has been designed to bring a new dimension to harvesting efficiency and operator comfort and, in collaboration with Giugiaro Design, the style of the new machines has been completely reworked in line with the latest Deutz-Fahr tractors.

The new range comprises four models: The C9205 TS and C9206 TS with 5 and 6-straw walkers, and the C9205 TSB and C9206 TSB hill models having the slope compensation Balance system (20% lateral and 6% longitudinal). The hill modes are also equipped with new adjustable rear axle and 4WD traction, with the proven and exclusive Anti-Skid system which maximises productivity on all working terrains.

Powered by DEUTZ engines (7.8 litre TCD L6 T4i) to guarantee optimum performance in the field with 334hp output for the C9205 and 395hp for the C9206, fuel consumption is one of the lowest for this power category due to the use of SCR technology and the advanced technical design of the machine which, uniquely, employs transmissions positioned on each side of the engine.

All models are equipped with the high-performance cutter bar, now also available in the 9.0 metre version. A one-piece construction, the Autocontrol device and the Schumacher Easy Cut II system ensures safe and efficient operation in all conditions, providing a uniform cut with minimal wear.

A new feature is use of a feed roller positioned at the start of the intake trunking which takes the crop to the threshing drum. Having retractable tines the feed roller helps to provide an even flow of crop to maximize threshing capacity.
In addition to the new and improved Maxi-Crop threshing system and the exclusive concave with adjustable sections, the hydraulic feed passage inversion system and the Extra Feeding supply system (along with other specifics) have been redesigned by the Deutz-Fahr engineers.

The new and exclusive electro-hydraulic bearing control system on the header is just one of several innovative developments on the new harvesters which help to ensure there is a continuous and uniform feed delivered to the threshing components.

Separation capacity, performance is optimised by the Maxi-Crop system and also by the long straw walkers. Cereal cleaning and integrity are guaranteed by other exclusive proven DEUTZ-FAHR systems, including the grain pan with its 2-step removable sections, the turbo-ventilator, the wide sieves and the DGR (Double Grain Return) recovery system on each side of the machine.

The high visibility driver’s cab is integrated into the new design, with an array of lights and mirrors with dual-reflectors and electrical adjustment. The soft, welcoming driver and passenger seats are equipped with a capacious 21 litre integrated thermo cooler, offering maximum comfort and convenience during long working days. The soft, anti-dust coverings are ideally suited to the needs of the most demanding operators. The steering wheel and column have also been completely redesigned and, as a result, provide optimum ergonomics and safe driving in the field and on the road.