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Monday 24 July 2017

See 8 of the most innovative machines at this years Farm Machinery Show

FTMTA Show

Case IH scooped the 2017 Tractor of the Year title for the Optum 300 CVX. The Optum is positioned between the US-built Magnum and the Puma range. Driving through a continuously-variable transmission, the 6.7 litre six-cylinder engine in the Optum CVX is built around a structural sump.
Case IH scooped the 2017 Tractor of the Year title for the Optum 300 CVX. The Optum is positioned between the US-built Magnum and the Puma range. Driving through a continuously-variable transmission, the 6.7 litre six-cylinder engine in the Optum CVX is built around a structural sump.
Derek Casey

Derek Casey

Over 18,000 farmers, contractors and machinery enthusiasts made their way to Punchestown, Naas last week for the 2017 FTMTA Machinery Show. As can be seen from this pictorial review, the Show featured the latest in tractor and farm machinery launches, with some unusual nuggets thrown in for good measure.

There was a healthy balance of tillage and grassland equipment on display, including some Irish debuts, so most visitors would have seen something that interested them.

The beauty of this show for punter and exhibitor alike is that it is a mostly indoor event, insulated from the unpredictable weather at this time of year. This affords the opportunity to talk in comfort with various machinery sales personnel at the show and - for those on the market - to do some careful research ahead of a purchase.

What about that all-important buyer sentiment? Around the indoor exhibition halls, the mood was upbeat.

However, most exhibitors I spoke to were not realistically expecting an improvement on last year's machinery sales figures.

Indeed, tractor sales to date in 2017 are running 15pc behind last year's levels for the same period.

John Deere T670 model
John Deere T670 model

While dairymen are expecting a nicer year, the mood is not as buoyant with tillage and dry stock farmers.

Farmers and the trade alike will be hoping for a run of good spring weather, which has the power to change everything.


Farmec displayed some new Sloveninan-made SIP range of grass machinery, including this single rotor rake with four double spring tines per arm on a modular rotor and with a tandem axle as standard. Known as the Star 470/13, a flexible tandem axle on the rotor chassis provides good ground contouring and higher working speed
Farmec displayed some new Sloveninan-made SIP range of grass machinery, including this single rotor rake with four double spring tines per arm on a modular rotor and with a tandem axle as standard. Known as the Star 470/13, a flexible tandem axle on the rotor chassis provides good ground contouring and higher working speed
Punters were keen for a look at the new self-propelled Bateman RB35-S sprayer from F Jenkinson Ltd, which has just been launched in Ireland. The Bateman’s Panoramic 3 cab is designed and built in-house and proved a popular draw with visitors. The sprayer is fitted with a four speed transmission and can travel at 50kph at just 1900rpm.
Punters were keen for a look at the new self-propelled Bateman RB35-S sprayer from F Jenkinson Ltd, which has just been launched in Ireland. The Bateman’s Panoramic 3 cab is designed and built in-house and proved a popular draw with visitors. The sprayer is fitted with a four speed transmission and can travel at 50kph at just 1900rpm.
Pottinger's Novacat RCB
Pottinger's Novacat RCB
Meet Bomford’s futuristic-looking Flailbot, a wireless operated tracked mower for working on risky terrain that offers remote-controlled mowing capability with zero operator risk. Covering challenging, steeply inclined ground with a traditional man-on-board mower puts a driver at risk. Distributors IAM Machinery say the Flailbot can work at angles of up to 55 degrees!
Meet Bomford’s futuristic-looking Flailbot, a wireless operated tracked mower for working on risky terrain that offers remote-controlled mowing capability with zero operator risk. Covering challenging, steeply inclined ground with a traditional man-on-board mower puts a driver at risk. Distributors IAM Machinery say the Flailbot can work at angles of up to 55 degrees!
Img 3481.jpg; Massey Ferguson are packing power into four cylinders with their new 6700 S series. The flagship 6718 puts out 200hp through a 4.9 litre four cylinder engine. MF reports that the 6700 series weigh around 500kg less than their equivalent six-cylinder models, and for the first time the well-known Dyna VT transmission is available on the 130hp 6713 and upwards.
Img 3481.jpg; Massey Ferguson are packing power into four cylinders with their new 6700 S series. The flagship 6718 puts out 200hp through a 4.9 litre four cylinder engine. MF reports that the 6700 series weigh around 500kg less than their equivalent six-cylinder models, and for the first time the well-known Dyna VT transmission is available on the 130hp 6713 and upwards.

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