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Saturday 16 December 2017

Some big names pitch in with new loaders at show

Machines put through their paces in front of large crowd at Grass and Muck show

Efficient: HLR Machinery, agents for the Bergmann range of silage wagons in Ireland, demonstrated the impressive new 39 cubic metre capacity Carex 39k wagon. It has a slim drawbar for best turning angles. This wagon uses four floor chains for packing and emptying a compact load and is fed from a 1.94m wide pick-up. It has 41 cutting knives giving a 35mm cut length, and delivers fast unloading due to a double-speed floor drive
Efficient: HLR Machinery, agents for the Bergmann range of silage wagons in Ireland, demonstrated the impressive new 39 cubic metre capacity Carex 39k wagon. It has a slim drawbar for best turning angles. This wagon uses four floor chains for packing and emptying a compact load and is fed from a 1.94m wide pick-up. It has 41 cutting knives giving a 35mm cut length, and delivers fast unloading due to a double-speed floor drive
Next Generation: Carlow based Hi-Spec Engineering demonstrated their second generation Xcel 1250 spreader, which uses a chain flail and spinning disc spreading system. The large rear hydraulic door helps contain loose material, and the spreading system can handle a range of materials such as farmyard manure, chicken litter and sludge
Shredder: The Cross Agricultural Engineering muck spreader uses twin vertical beaters to shred and spread a range of agricultural and industrial manures. It comes in sizes ranging from 6-14t, with the 9t model pictured. Key features include a commercial axle, twin floor-chain and heavy-duty drive mechanisms. All Cross spreaders are equipped with large flotation tyres for the wetter conditions
Extendable: Cornwall-based Teagle Machinery took their new Titan 10 model with rear discharge to FTMTA Grass and Muck. This is a 10 cubic metre machine that is extendable to 15 cubic metres with the addition of greedy boards. The machines are built in Cornwall with key features including a sprung drawbar, cam-clutch and oversize wheels for good flotation
Debut: Making its Irish debut through Farmhand was Krone’s flagship ZX silage wagon series. This unit is designed for top end contractors and features a gear-drive. Similar to its sister MX range, the ZX has hydraulic levelling suspension for fast and safe travel over uneven fields or roads
Crowd pleaser: Caterpillar, through Templetouhy Farm Machinery, grabbed plenty of attention with their new 924K Ag Handler. This articulated wheel loader has been designed specifically for the farming sector. Visitors were able to learn all about the new Cat 924K specification, which offers increased power, lower operating costs, enhanced ergonomics, visibility and comfort
Petite: Claas launched three new telehandlers last summer and this is the smallest model, the 7044 that replaces the Claas 7040. However, its vital statistics are impressive, including a 7m reach and 4.4t lift. Deutz is the engine maker, with a 3.6-litre power plant producing an output of 122hp
Powerful: Armagh-based NC Agricultural Engineering used Grass and Muck to debut their new FH 225 telehandler, which has a maximum lift height of 4.69m and handling capacity of 2.4t. The loader is powered by a four cylinder 100hp Deutz engine, working through a four-speed power-shift transmission
Replacement: ECI JCB had a couple of loaders pushing up grass, including the firm’s new 230hp 435S Agri wheeled loader that replaces the outgoing 434S model. Power is delivered from a 6.7 litre Cummins six cylinder engine, and JCB uses both a ZF six speed power shift transmission and ZF axles in the 435S. The cab also gets a new styling and is now more spacious and quieter.
Unveiled: On the tractors front, one of the very newest launches at Gurteen came from D and S Machinery in the form of the new McCormick X7 440. The new range consists of six power shift models that run from the 143hp X7 440 (pictured) to the 212hp (boosted) X7 670. For the first time, McCormick uses ZF transmissions with 24-speed units over six ranges and four power shift steps
Hot off the shelf: Paddy Callan of Ardee displayed their new Agrex range of spinners which are selling ‘like hotcakes’. Priced at €3,000 plus VAT, the Agrex SDA range is complex and light and will suit those working lower powered tractors
Advantage: Mayo company Major Equipment International refocused on silage mowing with the Irish debut of their new farmer-spec mower, the 8ft Major Pro Mow. Featuring a heavy duty headstock and service bed, a key advantage of the new mower is its galvanised fold back cover for easy access to the mower bed and knives
Galvanised: Another Mayo-based firm, Malone Engineering, displayed their new Procut range of mounted disc mowers with Comer beds. Two new additions join the range, namely the 9ft Procut 900 (foreground in this picture) and the range topping 10ft Procut 1000 (background). The mowers have a galvanised frame and use multibank belts in the driveline.
Derek Casey

Derek Casey

This week we bring you the second of our reports from FTMTA Grass and Muck 2014, which recently took place in Gurteen Agricultural College in Co Tipperary.

Many of the headlines went to the big ticket items being demonstrated on the grass plots, such as the silage mowers and harvesters.

However, over in the farmyard at Gurteen College there was a huge crowd of spectators watching on at the silage clamp as several loaders were put through their paces.

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There were new loaders being worked by all the big names such as Claas, JCB, Caterpillar and Komatsu, most of which are covered here.. Northern Ireland-based NC Engineering also showed off their new telehandler, and it was great to see an Irish marque line-up with all the international big hitters.

The show wasn't all about grass, though. Over in the muck section there was a range of giant spreaders working for punters to assess in terms of capacity, output and spreading performance.

There were machines on offer from brands like Cross, Hi-Spec, NC, Bergmann and Teagle. Again, the strong Irish representation showed that the machinery manufacturing industry in Ireland is in very good fettle right now.

Stand holders I spoke to expressed satisfaction at the quality of inquiries being made by farmers and contractors. Traffic was well managed on the day as well, which made things a lot more enjoyable.

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Credit should go to the show organisers, the FTMTA, for a good technical gig designed for those serious about machinery.

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