Even though there are just 60,000 farms in Finland, the country’s Okra show attracts some 80,000 visitors. Nick Fone rounds up a few of the more unusual Nordic novelties.
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Pretty in pink
As part of its effort to support Finland’s young farmers, tractor maker Valtra has pimped one of its N163 tractors with an eye-catching colour-scheme, red-leather upholstery, LED worklights, iPad (of course), big stereo, DVD player and, among other things, a mirror on the ceiling.
Called the Pink Cat, there’s also a breathalyser ignition shutoff (presumably in case the brightness of the upholstery has driven you to drink), a chrome-plated exhaust stack and auto-guide readiness.
Unveiled at the Okra show, the Pink Cat will appear at various events around the country towing a mobile hot-tub and bar, giving young farmers the chance to kick back and relax.
It will then visit all Finnish provinces before returning to its roots in central Finland at the KoneAgria fair on 11 October. The tractor will then go on sale.
Easy way to rogue
Nordic cereal seed growers prefer not to rogue their crops on foot, opting instead for narrow-wheeled carts to run up and down between tramlines. The Hukkis weeder trike has a 6.5hp petrol engine, which powers a hydraulic pump and motor on the rear right-hand wheel, propelling the buggy at up to 20kph. A second seat is an option. It costs about €3,000 (£2,370).
Bale feeder can handle tight spots
The £13,036 Varmolift self-loading bale-chopper/feeder is designed for cramped livestock units.
Two spikes lift a round-bale into the chamber and draw it back towards a full-width shear-grab-like blade that chomps down through the fodder, splitting it off into bite–size chunks that are then flung out left or right by a hydraulically driven conveyor. Power is provided by a diesel engine or electric motor.
Do the splits in record time
This loader-mounted log-splitter can fill a dumpy bag in minutes. For loading it is lowered to a horizontal position and driven forward so that the loading chute swallows a length of timber. It is then gripped by teeth and crowded back to a vertical position.
Gravity lets it feed past a ram that first chops it and finally splits the resulting log in a horizontal chamber before dropping it into a waiting trailer.
Logs up to 19cm in diameter can be processed but they need to be straight. Prices for the Pilkemaster Smart Splitter start from €2,984 (£2,360).
Watch out, here comes rubble
Back-filling drainage trenches is a time-consuming – and expensive – job, especially if you’ve got to buy-in stone. Finnish firm Agrosa has come up with this clever self-emptying stone-cart with an integrated screen so farms with access to plenty of stone and rubble can load and sort their own aggregate.
The 5cu m Sora Mara (Finnish for “Gravel Mary”) 5 is the company’s bestseller. It has a choice of either pto or hydraulic drive for the hopper auger and 2.5m or 3m feed-out conveyors. The screen lifts on rams and has a 50mm nominal size although angling it will alter the grade of material that ends up in the hopper. Fitted with a fold-out pipe rack and toolbox, the 12t tandem axle Sora Mara costs €23,500 (£18,572).
Mo power to you
Czech firm Bravo’s motorised wheelbarrow uses a 12V lead acid battery and electric motor in the hub to propel itself along at speeds of up to 4.5kph. It can carry up to 120kg and will work for up to eight hours.
The Mobarrow is popular in woodland for carting firewood through dense stands of trees but the Finnish importer had converted it for spinning on seed, fertiliser and slug-pellets in awkward places. In basic format, it costs €800 (£632).
Put on a great gravel spread
Jussi’s £848 bucket attachment uses a reciprocating grid to distribute chippings and sand at even pace. With the bucket tipped forward, the operator engages a tiny hydraulic motor that drives the grid. When it’s empty, the motor is reversed and it winds in a cable that raises the attachment out of the way to expose the bucket blade, allowing another scoop to be shovelled up.
Carried in a front-mounted application unit, sulphuric acid is mixed with slurry to limit ammonia losses; 120 of these SyreN rigs are out working in Denmark.
Mense’s pruning head is ready for the thickest of trunks
Designed to deal with hefty woody growth on roadsides and railway embankments, the Mense pruning head is an attachment for forestry harvesters and excavators. Effectively a giant, double-sided reciprocating saw, the two comb-blades shear against each other to slice through material up to 8cm in diameter. And, if it’s thicker than that, the teeth can be used like a saw to carve their way through woody branches.
Two different drive options are available – either twin hydraulic rams or a hydraulic motor with cam-drive. Several different models of different sizes are available to fit machines from 5-20t and prices range from €9,500 (£7,500) to €14,500 (£11,460).