22 November 1996

Look no further if youre after something new

The Royal Smithfield Show takes place at Earls Court, London, on Sun, Nov 24-27 – an event which now takes on even greater importance as it enters its biennial regime. Andy Collings and Andrew Faulkner provide a preview of what is on show

IF you are looking for something new, then this years Smithfield show is the place to find it.

Tractors, balers, fertiliser spreaders and a positive deluge of other different types of machinery are all set to make their debut.

Case IH announces the Maxxum Pro tractor range – a range which offers more power and improved cab build. The four-model line-up comprises the 94hp 5120, 105hp 5130, 117hp 5140 and the 132hp 5150.

Tractor transmissions, a feature which has seemingly been in almost constant change over the past decade get two new outings at Smithfield.

Same Silver and Lamborghini Premium models are to be offered with Directronic shuttle system, which claims to produce smooth directional changes irrespective of engine speed and at speeds of up to 10kph – while the Fendt 926 Vario is equipped with an intricate hydraulic/mechanical transmission designed to improve operating efficiency.

On the baler front, Lawrence Edwards is poised to launch a new version of the Norwegian-built Orkel round baler. The fixed chamber GP1250 is equipped with an integral pre-chopper unit and 18 steel rollers – a combination designed to produce high density silage bales of 1.2m diameter.

In a year which has already seen its fair share of developments on the new sprayer front, the Smithfield Show sees the launch of new models from Gem, Frazier and Knight Farm Machinery. Gem has what it calls an "enhanced" version of its Sapphire self-propelled sprayer while Frazier is looking to launch the Stealth sprayer – so designated, says the company, because of its angular looks and "almost invisible tracks in the field".

A new design of narrow tank is featured on Knight Farm Machinerys latest range of tractor-mounted sprayers. The 1000-litre GRP tanks have two internal jet rinsing systems and are fitted with an integral 100-litre clean water rinse tank.

While most companies are content with launching one, or maybe two products at the show, Kverneland intends to display eight new machines from the companys tillage, grassland and potato equipment ranges.

New ploughs, cultivators, mower conditioners, diet feeders and potato harvesters all await the sharp eyes of the discerning buyer.

ATV enthusiasts will not be disappointed at Smithfield. Suzuki GB will be unveiling a two-wheel drive version of the Arctic Bearcat – the four-wheel drive model was launched earlier this year. EP Barrus is set to launch a new version of its Xplorer range – the shaft driven 500 4×4.

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High clearance for Fraziers Stealth self-propelled sprayer, so designated because of its "angular looks". Ground clearance is 76cm (30in).

Teagle is set to launch this twin disc fertiliser broadcaster which is designed to give a full overlapping spread pattern. The TD50 offers hopper capacities from 1.2t to 2.2t, and is fitted with hydraulic shutter control and hydraulic tilt for boundary spreading. Price starts at £3925.

Large scale sweeping with the new tractor-mounted Syklone from Gurney Reeve. Available in two sizes – 1.2m and 2.1m (4ft and 7ft) – features on the Syklone include a high capacity collection hopper which empties hydraulically. Price of the 2.1m (4ft) version is £2500.

Latest version of the Orkel baler, marketed by Lawrence Edwards – the GP1250 – makes its debut appearance at Smithfield.