Lamma might be one of the chilliest agricultural shows in the calendar, but it’s the best place to see the latest machines on offer.
Oliver Mark, James Andrews and David Cousins layered up to see what was new.
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Scaip Warrior STX350
Farmers struggling to get enough traction from their rubber-tracked crawler now have the option of a good-gripping, metal-tracked machine from Italy.
The Scaip Warrior is being imported by Lincolnshire dealer Robert H Crawford to fill a gap in the market left by the demise of Track Marshall.
Crawfords sell several refurbished Track Marshalls a year, but it says customers are looking for similar machines with a bit more power and comfort.
That’s where the Scaip Warrior comes in. There are four models in total and power starts at 150hp in the entry-level STX150, going up to 350hp in the flagship STX350. Smaller models have a six-cylinder Deutz powerplant and bigger ones feature Cats, but this might change in later models.
To get that power to the tracks there’s a two-speed hydrostatic transmission with automatic range changes. All the driver has to do to control speed is slide a drive stick backwards and forwards. The Warrior’s metal tracks are driven by a sealed chain that’s said to reduce maintenance and make them last longer.
At the back end there’s a beefy Cat 4 linkage with 12t lift capacity and a single-speed pto that runs at 1,000rpm. There are also four electric spools powered by a 78-litre/min pump.
Drivers also get a decent time of it with a suspended, insulated cab that has air-conditioning and an electronic dash.
So far Crawfords has imported just one STX350 that is being demonstrated in the eastern counties. Prices start at £155,000 for the STX150.
Niagri Forwarding Trailer
Norfolk firm Niagri was showing off its new conveyor trailer that allows root crops to be loaded into waiting trailers or bulkers parked on the headlands.
The maker says this speeds up the haulage process and avoids getting mud on the road.
To get the crop out, the 16t trailer has hydraulically driven rubber belts on the floor. These move the material to the back of the trailer, which lifts high enough to fill an artic trailer.
The floor can then be sped up or slowed down to get the right flow rate and there’s a hydraulic end section for adjusting the drop height.
To cope with the sizeable oil pressure and flow the trailer is fitted with its own pto-driven pump and 200-litre oil tank.
Build-up of soil is avoided thanks to vertical sides and it has twin rams to help keep the body stable at height. Twin commercial axles have also been fitted with beefy 700/40 R22.5 tyres and it has both hydraulic and air brakes.
The Forwarding Trailer is being built to order and the 16t version costs £76,000.
Massey Ferguson 7700
Visitors to Lamma got a first look at Massey Ferguson’s 7700 tractors ahead of their official launch at the Sima show next month.
Power is provided by 6.6-litre and 7.4-litre Sisu engines that churn out between 185hp and 255hp depending on which of the five models you pick. Those figures include boost, but it’s worth noting that power is only available with the pto running or at higher transport speeds. The engines also meet Tier 4 final emissions.
The range starts at the 7719, which is rated to 170hp and weighs in at 7t. There are also 7720, 7722 and 7724 models, before the range tops out at the 7.5t, 240hp-rated 7726.
There are two transmission options available whichever model you pick – the Dyna-6 with four ranges and six powershifts, and the seamless Dyna-VT.
JW Fabrications silage conveyor
Stevenage-based contractor Joe Williams decided to build his own silage conveyor after constantly caking the road with mud while shifting grass, maize and wholecrop.
The idea is to park the elevator on the field, with the conveyor poking across a hedgerow or ditch to empty the load into HGVs or road-going trailers.
The conveyor unit can be dragged around just like a standard trailer. It rolls on flotation tyres and the chassis rails act as baseplates to sit the conveyor flat on the ground.
The chain-and-slat floor is powered by an ordinary muckspreader gearbox and carries silage to a rubber elevator belt, which is propelled by a high torque hydraulic motor from a Liebherr digger.
There’s also a built-in hydraulic pressure sensor which stops the slatted floor should there be a blockage at the base of the elevator. A 75hp Deutz air-cooled unit does the donkeywork so there’s no pto connection.
Starting and stopping of the machine is remotely controlled and drivers should be able to dump an 18t silage trailer in a little over four minutes.
JW Fabrications builds the conveyors to individual specs, but also hires out its own one. The company offers a Krone Big X forager, two tractor and trailers and the maize-loading machine for hire at £4/t.
Hyundai loading shovel
Another Lamma, another loading shovel launch. Last year it was Cat that decided it was going to point its construction-oriented 924K loader at the ag market, while this year it was the turn of Hyundai.
Its 15t HL757-9 is part of a bigger range of shovels and is pretty much construction spec, but with adapted fenders and the Ag Loader badge. The shovel also gets 750/65 R26 flotation tyres that are better suited to farm work.
Power comes from a 200hp Cummins and drives through a five-speed powershift. The hydraulic pump will push out 185 litres/min.
The sticker price is about £110,000 so it will compete with the JCB on cost at least. The machines are sold by Willowbrook Plant Services in Corby, Northamptonshire.
Kramer 2205 telehandler
Kramer’s 2205 compact telehandler is a new model that slots in between the tiny 1245 (1.2t/4.5m) and the 2506 (2.5t/6m).
It is expected to mainly appeal to pig and poultry producers, thanks to its 1.8m width and height of less than 2m.
A Perkins 50hp engine is fitted as standard, though there’s also a 60hp option. There’s a neat cab, too, and all controls sit nicely on the joystick.
The steering column can be tilted and the side-mounted boom should mean that visibility is good.
Price is about the £30,000 mark, depending on spec levels says the company.
Cultivating Solutions CTF Genesis drill
Cultivating Solutions’ Genesis drill was too big to fit into the hall in its entirety but one module was on show to give visitors an idea of what it could do.
Available in widths of 8m, 9m,10m, 12m and 13.3m, it is largely aimed at the increasing number of farmers looking to use controlled traffic farming techniques.
It can be operated as a simple disc-only drill but what’s more interesting is its ability to operate as a full cultivator drill with almost part of the machine capable of being altered hydraulically from the cab.
The idea is to give good contour following and there’s 600mm of vertical travel on each drill module to help that along. And the 13.3m unit fits in neatly with the 40m tramlines that many UK farmers are now using.
Folding involves the 6,000kg hopper turning through 90deg to make the whole unit narrower for road transport. Sounds complex, but that helps provide weight over the discs and means there’s no need for a US-style grain cart. The drill will be available for 2016.