Unlike most other machinery shows on the calendar, Lamma puts the smallest manufacturers in the game on an equal footing with the big boys.
Here are a few highlights from both camps.
Fendt aims to broaden appeal
Fendts have traditionally been the playthings of large-acre arable farmers, but the German brand has it sights set on widening its appeal to those sub-150hp buyers.
Understandably, high sticker prices usually put smaller livestock farmers off, but the company argues that the tractors offer the sort of reliability and good residuals smaller farmers might want. Fendt’s 200, 300 and 500 series CVT-only tractors usually sell well on the continent and suit livestock jobs like diet feeding quite nicely.
To try and boost the appeal, Fendt is offering lower level specs to bring the prices down, so there’s no need to have a front linkage and you can also have mechanical spools if you like. Suspension is still part of the package, though it can be mechanical rather than pneumatic.
That’s not to say the tractors are cheap – they still carry a big premium over most rivals – but you might be able to get one for less money than you first thought.
Dealer imports creosote fence posts that last 25 years
Few things are more frustrating than when a recently strung fence collapses due to shoddy rotting posts.
The finger of blame is usually pointed at the abundance of fast-grown timber and a lack of decent-quality treatments.
But two dealers, Davis Implements and JF Supplies reckon they’ve hit on a solution. Together they’re importing posts from a Swedish company that is still using slow-grown softwood posts that are kiln dried and treated with traditional creosote.
These come with a guarantee that they will stay rot-free for 25 years and they are expected to last more than 30 years.
The downside is that they’re a pricer option, but the maker claims they only add about £1/m to the total fencing bill.
PMC shows Bourgoin’s side-tip trailers
The physics of side-tip trailers means they are bound to cause a few sweaty-palm moments, but they remain popular among pea and bean growers.
Harvesting specialist PMC is importing Bourgoin’s French-built version, which is available in two sizes – either the smaller 12cu m model or larger 30cu m set-up.
Side-tip trailers are finding more work in the UK as a chaser during maize harvests, where they can avoid splattering the road with mud and all the ramifications of that. Side discharge means unloading is pretty rapid, too.
Both models run on single axles with 650/65 R30.5s and will hoist the hopper up to 4.3m high via two hydraulic cylinders. Bigger models carry a 2,100kg counterweight to stop the whole lot toppling over and the tyre opposite the unloading side is also full of water to try and balance things out.
Prices are roughly £25,000 for the tiddler and £52,500 for the big version. Standard models include a hopper weighing system.
Salmac bird scarer works in silence
There are plenty of pigeon deterrents out there, however they all have a drawback of one sort or another. But Chichester company Salmac’s Bird Patrol System (BPS) aims to give deterrence without noise.
It’s a simple idea – a wheeled platform with a life-size, realistic image of a shooter powered by a 24v motor moves slowly up and down the field. A solar powered panel keeps the 24v battery topped up and the image of the shooter rotates to keep the pigeons unsettled.
But rather than just trundling along at the same speed, the BPS can be set to enact a variety of speeds and sequences. It can move forward for 2m, for instance, then stop, then go another 10m and stop again. And you can set the number of rotations the shooter makes each time.
The axles are telescopic, too, so you can alter the width for tramlines or bed systems.
At the moment you do have to turn the BPS round when it gets to the headland, but the mark 2 version currently being worked on will allow it to automatically turn at the end of the field. There’s a safety sensor at both ends that automatically stops it if something gets in the way and a key start prevents anyone meddling with it.
Cost is £2,800. If you want a simpler alternative, there’s also a static version with the same revolving shooter for £499.
Standen adds lighter models to power harrow range
Power harrows may be relatively slow and use a fair bit of fuel, but their ability to make a nice seedbed out of rock-hard clods continues to endear them to generations of farmers.
Ely firm Standen has been making the heavy-duty Powavator power harrow for many years but has now added lighter models to its range.
There are two ranges, the Sigma power harrows and Delta rotary tillers, which are made by a well-known Italian maker to Standen’s specification.
A 3m Delta with 170hp gearbox with cage roller costs £10,250, depending on spec. An air drill option is also said to be in the wings for next year.
Brock reveals 18m rolls
Not many years ago, an 18m set of rolls was something to brag about to your neighbours. But Brock’s RR2450 24.5m Radial Rolls put those machines in the shade and, unusually, also have 24in rings.
Heavy-duty shafts and bearings are fitted, says the company, and are likely to appeal to controlled traffic farmers wanting to get over the ground quickly.
Despite the rolls’ great width, a clever rack and pinion system and heavy duty bars reduce roll strain and allow the rolls to be reversed in the field if necessary. allows them to fold up to just 3m for road transport .
Large wheels and axles are fitted and a low centre of gravity keeps it all stable. Dual-line brakes are fitted as well as a hydraulic emergency breakaway system.
Perard chaser gets longer auger
Several chaser bins on the market come with stumpy auger arms, but if you’re looking for extra reach or height then Perard’s Interbenne should be on your shortlist.
It’s designed for those loading fertiliser or seed drills with their chaser, where operators might need to get to the hoppers over the top of a high tractor cab.
The extension means it’ll reach 5m outwards and 5.4m high, and it’ll still unload its 27cu m hopper in roughly 90 seconds. The chaser weighs 10t empty, comes with rear axle steering and can be specced with air brakes. Asking price for the base model is £58,395.