The LAMMA Show in Britain is always one of the biggest machinery shows of the year. Taking place at the Newark and Nottinghamshire Showground in Winthorpe, Nottinghamshire on Wednesday and Thursday week, it will undoubtedly attract a lot of Irish visitors.
It is run by the Lincolnshire Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Association (LAMMA) and is free to park at and get in. Despite most of it being outdoors, its popularity seems to be ever increasing and perhaps fills a void left by the demise of the Smithfield Show in London's Earls Court.
Many manufacturers use the event to showcase new products, particularly tractor manufacturers. With the latest round of engine emission regulations driving manufacturers to launch 'cleaner' and updated tractors throughout last year for the 2012 marketplace, LAMMA looks certain to be extremely busy.
It is also an extremely important event for Irish machinery manufacturers, with Britain being one of our biggest and, of course, nearest markets.
Irish firms will be extremely well represented at the event with the listings beginning with Abbey Machinery and including most manufacturers from this island right through to Wakely Engineering. A full list of exhibitors is available at www.lammashow.co.uk
Making their British debuts at LAMMA are John Deere's new range-topping 9R and 9RT series tractors. There are four articulated wheeled models in the 9R series with engine horse powers ranging from 410-560hp and three tracked variants spanning the 460-560hp band.
All are fitted with John Deere's 13.5-litre PowerTech PSX diesel-only engines and according to the firm meet the European Stage IIIB emissions standard.
Deere has preferred the 'diesel-only' route instead of the Ad-Blue route as a means of engine exhaust emission control. The engines used in these new models are no different and use four valves per cylinder and common rail fuel injection.
To make them clean-burning engines, they are equipped with cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and exhaust filters which include a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and a diesel particulate filter (DPF).
In the comfort department, the new 9R and 9RT tractors feature the firm's newly designed CommandView II cab. Deere claims the cab is 10pc bigger, has 7pc more glass area and four times as much storage space as the previous range. ActiveSeat suspension provides more comfort for the operator and the undercarriage of tracked versions are equipped with what Deere calls AirCushion suspension.
Also in the cab are seat-mounted CommandArm fingertip controls and the newly designed GreenStar 3 CommandCenter Display.
All the tractors use an 18 forward and six reverse speed PowerShift transmission with Efficiency Manager as standard.
According to Deere, Efficiency Manager allows the tractors to operate at an optimal performance level while minimising fuel consumption.
Lift capacity has been improved and is quoted at a little over 9t. Deere also says that the new tractors feature an improved hydraulic system with a common oil reservoir for hydraulics and drivetrain.
Prices are to be announced.
Meanwhile, British firm Watson and Brookman, which produces stainless steel tanks for agricultural sprayers, has developed new pesticide induction hoppers equipped with twin container rinsing nozzles for washing out crop chemical containers.
One rinsing nozzle uses rotating water jets, while the other uses a blade-shaped jet of water to clean the inside of chemical containers.
The ProClean nozzle, with rotating water jets, is a proven rinsing nozzle and ideal for smaller containers. The ProClean Plus nozzle, with its powerful blade-shaped jet, is ideal for larger containers and removing persistent residues.
Watson and Brookman produces a conversion kit for operators wanting to install the second rinsing nozzle into the regular 25l Mk2 hopper.
The firm's new 50l hopper fitted with the twin Hypro nozzle system is designed for larger trailed or self-propelled sprayers. This size is more suitable for operators who use a lot of 20l pesticide containers because it provides more room to move them about over the fixed-blade nozzle.
Visitors to the LAMMA Show will get a chance to see examples fitted on sprayers from different manufacturers.