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Monday 21 August 2017

Machinery: Upping the tempo in tillage

The new Tempo V precision drill with front mounted fertiliser hopper and upgraded Rapid A 400 and 600 drills.
The new Tempo V precision drill with front mounted fertiliser hopper and upgraded Rapid A 400 and 600 drills.

With the turn of the year just around the corner, attention is already switching to one of the first machinery exhibitions planned for 2016 - the LAMMA Show in Birmingham next month.

A number of manufacturers have been showing their hand in terms of the new products that will be on display.

Krone will use the show to display its new Big X 630 and Big X 770 self-propelled forage harvesters for the first time, as well as launch its new Active Mow R 280 rear mounted mower.

Krone operatives will be on hand to explain to growers and contractors the performance enhancing features on the Big X models and to see the impressive 626hp and 729hp engine on the Big X 630 and the 770, respectively.

With operator comfort a key focus, climate control in the cab is now standard on the new Big X and a deeper and wider cab makes more space, while a wide windscreen and high side windows optimises visibility of the spout.

An ergonomic gearstick gives optimum operator comfort and easy to reach buttons and touch screen terminal helps reduce fatigue.

Also on display will be a range of Krone's Easy Cut mowers, all featuring the safe cut disc protection system and a mower bed which gives an enhanced cut in extreme conditions.

The models will include an EC R 320 CV rear mounted, EC F 320 CV front mounted and EC B 870 CV butterfly mowers launched last year to replace the popular EC 9140 CV mowers.


On the tillage front, Vaderstad will use Lamma to display a range of drills, including its new Tempo V precision drill with front mounted fertiliser hopper and upgraded Rapid A 400 and 600 drills.

The Tempo V is a three-point linkage, vertical folding machine for up to 12 rows and is available in seven different models.

The drill frame is designed so that row units and fertiliser coulters can be moved to any position.

Its new aluminium seed meter has an emptying hatch for easy cleaning when changing crops.

A new front fertiliser hopper with capacity of 350kg/ha will also be available.

A sloping front design on the hopper gives the driver improved visibility and the wide opening makes it easy to fill with a front loader.

In terms of harvesting equipment, John Deere's new T-Series combines will be on show. These machines have undergone a comprehensive redesign for the 2016 harvest.

Deere claims many components have been changed to achieve the best straw walker combine performance possible, enabling operators to achieve an increase in output of up to 15pc.

The result of this redesign is a number of leading features in this class of combine, including the largest active separation area on the market and a larger cleaning shoe area, as well as the fastest unloading rate.

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