23 November 2001

Karl Braun targets Europe with new 22t Super-Grubber

ONE of the more unusual machines at Agritechnica was the 22t Braun Super-Grubber. Probably not suited to Devon or Cornwall, this self-propelled cultivator mounts a 460hp MAN engine and chassis amid a 10m (32ft) tine and roller combination.

Transmission is a three-step hydrostatic unit, with the first fieldwork step going from 5kph (2.7mph) up to 10kph (6mph), the second a road range up to 50kph (31mph) and the third a reverse.

The rear wheels are closer together than the front to give extra room for the cultivatorto fold.

This involves the whole unit folding down backwards and tucking up either side of the tractor unit, rather like a sprayer. Converting from road to field operation takes two minutes and, once started, doesnt require any input from the driver.

Transport width is an impressively road-legal 2.99m (9ft 10in), though length in this state is a more portly 10.3m (34ft).

Weight of the combination is spread over a set of 710/75 R42 tyres, but the turning circle radius is a reasonable 10m (33ft).

Main market is expected to be Eastern Europe and the Paris basin, says the firms Karl Braun. The firm plans to add a drill to the set-up next year. &#42

Niche export market for new vegetable drill

UK company Stanhay chose Agritechnica to launch its Star vegetable drill, a replacement for the 12-year-old Stanhay 785.

The Suffolk-based firm is one of a number of UK farm machinery firms to have carved out important niches in European and world export markets. According to sales director Mike Matt, about a third of all machines produced go to the UK, a third to the US (mainly California) and the remainder to Europe and the rest of the world.

Agritechnica is a good opportunity for the firms European dealers and their customers to see what the firm has on offer and talk over their requirements, he adds.

The Star model has the same metering mechanism as the Singulaire 785 but, according to technical director Kevin Bailey, the chassis has been strengthened and the unit sits and rides easier on the ground. Depth adjustment has also been made easier, as has access to the metering unit. &#42