Farm Ireland

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Stage set for FTMTA's machinery extravaganza

Over 20,000 farmers and contractors are expected to travel to the Punchestown Arena for the machinery highlight of 2015

A view of the main exhibition space at FTMTA 2013. The biennial show returns to Punchestown this week and over 20,000 farmers and contractors are expected to attend the three-day event in Co Kildare. Photo: Alf Harvey/HR Photo
A view of the main exhibition space at FTMTA 2013. The biennial show returns to Punchestown this week and over 20,000 farmers and contractors are expected to attend the three-day event in Co Kildare. Photo: Alf Harvey/HR Photo
New model: John Deere's 8600i forage harvester
Derek Casey

Derek Casey

Final preparations are being made for what is sure to be the farm machinery highlight of 2015 - the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show being held from Thursday to Saturday this week at Punchestown Racecourse, Naas, Co. Kildare.

Doors open at 10am each day and close at 6pm on Thursday and Friday and at 5pm on Saturday. Tickets are priced at ¤15 for adults and ¤10 for juniors and seniors.

This year's show has attracted a full house of exhibitors and will comprise three exhibition pavilions, indoor heated exhibition space, as well as the largest ever area of outdoor displays.

In all, over 130 exhibitors will exhibit across 160 indoor stands and 30 outdoor display areas.

The event will feature exhibits of all the latest farm mechanisation technology from the major Irish and international manufacturers.

I've had a few calls this week from both farmers and exhibitors wondering what this event is like and if it is worthy of their time and money.

My answer was that machinery people like it because they have the opportunity to meet product experts from various manufacturers. And exhibitors like it because they don't have to deal with too many biro collectors - the vast majority of visitors are researching a significant purchase decision.

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John Deere's new 6R and 7R series tractors and 8000 series self-propelled forage harvester - all featuring the company's latest fuel-efficient engines - will be on display.

Deere reports that the six-cylinder 6215R features enhanced manoeuvrability, improved operator comfort and an industry-leading extended service interval of 750 hours.

The tractor is powered by a new 6.8-litre engine rated at 215hp, with an extra 40hp boost available for transport and PTO work from the intelligent power management system.

The top of the range 8600i wide-body, self-propelled forage harvester features a 625hp 13.5-litre John Deere engine, the award-winning Harvest Lab constituent-sensing system and new multi-crop processor.

The forager's automatic length-of-cut feature allows the operator to pre-select the precise cutting length based on actual forage conditions.

Sticking with silage kit, the TH 11008 tedder from Fella is the newest model in its Transport range. This has already established a reputation for strong performance thanks to importers Farmec Ireland Ltd.

The 10.2m working width machine - equipped with eight rotors, each fitted with six arms - is designed specifically to combine excellent in-field performance with ease of transport.

The eight rotors provide a full overlap, helping to mix and aerate the material, while mounting the tines on flat, spring-steel arms allows them to flex and also adapt to the terrain to further reduce contamination to the swath.

Samco Carry All

Limerick firm Samco, renowned for their three-in-one maize seeders, will use the show to unveil their exciting new Carry All machine.

This has been designed to be used with the full range of Samco drills and allows customers to increase output from their existing maize drills.

The unit has a three point hitch on the rear that simply connects to an existing Samco maize drill and allows the Carry All to carry film, herbicide, spare parts and liquid fertiliser if required.

The unit is pulled either by a draw bar or on the tractor's lower linkage. The PTO drive is taken from the tractor to the rear of the Carry All so that the machine functions as though it were mounted on the tractor.

The Carry All has the capacity to carry 27 rolls of film, which are mounted on either side of the tank. Having the rolls in close proximity allows swift roll changes to take place. This, along with carrying up to 3,000 litres of herbicide, will allow for a minimum of 30ac to be worked between refills.

D&S Machinery

Moving back to tractors, D & S Machinery have taken more stand space to present a full display of new models from the Landini and McCormick brands.

In the sub 100hp category, the Landini 5-90D, rated at 85hp will be on display. The 5-D Series replaces the Powerfarm and remains a basic spec model with manual shuttle and manual lift.

This new model now features electric four wheel-drive and PTO power assist engagement. An extensive restyling process, means the 5-H range now offers a neat combination of power and comfort with its new four-post cab.

Of particular interest to contractors will be McCormick's impressive X7 Pro Drive series. The range features six models; three four-cylinder models and three six-cylinder models. On display will be the X7.670, with 50kph transmission and max power of 192hp. The X7 inherits from the MTX the rugged chassis which supports the engine that reduces noise and vibration in the cab. This Series offers four-speed PTO with up to 9300kg lift capacity.

D & S Machinery will also take the opportunity to preview its affordable range of Solis tractors, currently available up to 90hp. The Solis 90 tractors use their own 4.1-litre, four cylinder engines.

These engines are matched to an Indian-built Carraro transmission. The six post cab made in Turkey is spacious, modern and bright with air-con as standard. The rear lift is manually controlled and a Dromone pick-up hitch is fitted as standard.


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