Subscribe and save

Farmers Weekly from £129
Saving £36
In print AND tablet

SUBSCRIBE NOW

sub_ad_img

Archive Article: 1995/12/29

29 December 1995

Visiting the Midlands recently, David and Di Cray were appalled at the poor showing of British meat at a big national food promotion show.

    Read more on:
  • News

Archive Article: 1995/12/29

29 December 1995

Stanhay Selekta 585 and Stanhay 985 sugar beet drills are now being fitted with clod deflectors. The company says their use ensures a clear passage for the row unit, allowing it to maintain constant ground contact and, as a result, more accurate placement of seed. For vegetable growers Stanhay offers a choice of three blade widths – 15, 19 and 24cm.

    Read more on:
  • News

Archive Article: 1995/12/29

29 December 1995

Mixing concentrate with water could be a thing of the past for those involved in lance-spraying operations. This weed-killing kit from Northants-based Dosatron/Hingerose employs an injection system which automatically and continuously incorporates the required percentage of concentrate with water. Power for the unit is supplied by water pressure which needs to be in excess of 2.5 bar (35psi) and could require an auxiliary pump system. Two lances can be operated off the unit at the same time. Price is £979.

    Read more on:
  • News

Archive Article: 1995/12/29

29 December 1995

KEYTOPICTURES

1 Tired but generally well cared for, this J-plate John Deere is starting to show signs that 6000-hour+ life has taken its toll. Tidy cabin interior and all lights and mirrors in place are indicators of a proud previous owner.

2 Fuel tank and cap markings are useful check on registration plate authenticity. Both these were stamped in 1991.

3 Transport tractors are prone to sloppy pick-up hitches in later life. Check for wear by dropping the hitch and humping it back and forth. Any slop could mean worn front hinge pin, hitch frame and base plate. Replacing the complete package will cost a hefty £350+ – ouch!

4.This cylinder head gasket is still painted green – a good sign. A reddish colour here suggests gasket is not original and alarm bells should start ringing; it means the gasket has been changed. Not necessarily bad news in itself, but a head that has blown once tends to have difficulty kicking the habit.

5 Another sign of overheating problems is a strap fitted between Eco-Fan and drive pulley. Not seen here, but straps have been found on tractors with a penchant to cook and boil. May just be that Eco-fan isnt working properly. Still, beware.

6 Inspect contents of header tank. A slight blue tint to the liquid hints at correct use of John Deeres additive-laden coolant. Use of any other coolant – or worse, none at all – could lead to liners with pinholes and a complete engine rebuild. Rare but it can happen.

7 Main hydraulic pump from big American-built Deeres takes some driving. With engine ticking over, listen out for front end rattles – a sign that pump drive-line is worn. Best scenario is a new rubber coupling (£7), worst a new drive shaft (£200 plus fitting).

8 Cab trim in place and seat tatter-free indicate a house-proud driver and that Shep has stayed in his proper place – on four paws and outdoors. This late tractor is fitted with Prohytronic electronic hydraulics option (black box by seat), which may be a disadvantage to some second-hand buyers – just something else to go wrong.

9 Post-1991 3650s got a hand-operated diff lock in place of earlier foot-operated arrangement. Generally not recognised as an improvement because many of the hand levers push/twist action never worked. Where fitted, check operation with brief test; engagement should feel tight.

    Read more on:
  • News
blog comments powered by Disqus