Plenty of new machines on show at Stafford
Therell be no lack of shiny new machinery at Burgess Farm
Machinery 98. Heres a small sample of what the makers
have on offer. Its by no means a comprehensive list and many
other makers not mentioned may also have new machines
Case IHs Maxxum MX range replaced the eight-year-old existing Maxxum range in spring 1997. There are four models, the 100hp MX100, 110hp MX110, 120hp MX120 and 135hp MX135. All engines are 5.9-litre turbo charged units.
Main changes are a 115mm (4.5in) longer wheelbase designed to give a smoother road ride, stronger rear lift and new cab. Separating the engine and transmission has helped isolate the cab from noise and vibration, with a claimed 72dbA one of the lowest in the class. Electronic facilities have been added to give auto engaging and disengaging of 4WD and diff-lock on headlands and the control of the four-speed powershift has changed from a lever to a gearstick-mounted switch.
Case will replace its 4200 series tractors this spring with the CX series. Perkins-built engines replace the previous Case designs, a new gearbox gives forward-reverse shuttle with all speed options.
There will be six models – a 50hp three-cylinder (CX 50), 60hp three-cylinder turbo (CX 60), 70hp four-cylinder (CX 70), 80hp four-cylinder turbo (CX 80), 90hp four-cylinder turbo (CX 90) and 100hp four-cylinder turbo (CX 100).
Transmission choice is likely to be 8×8, 16×8 including splitter and a 24 x 12 with creep option. All models will have a mechanical shuttle.
Updates to Matbros TS280 model in mid-97 have increased lift capacity from 2.8 to 3t and resulted in the machine being rebadged the TS290. The standard 6.7m (22ft) boom is also complemented by 7.4m (24ft 4in) and 9m (29ft 6in) boom options with stability afforded by a 7.1t unladen weight.
The TS290 now has high-density polyethylene mudguards, a restyled engine cover and plastic moulded diesel tank, the latter designed to improve visibility between offside wheels.
A restyled cab interior and Turner torque converter/power shuttle transmission complete the changes. Cost of the standard 6.7m (22ft) version is £34,975.
Earlier in the year the firm launched the four-wheel-steer compact TS230 telescopic handler. This has a 2m (6ft 6in) width and 2.2m (7ft 2in) wheelbase, allowing it to outmanoeuvre most machines in its class, says the maker. Turning circle is 2.9m (9ft 6in).
Aimed at farmers with smaller traditional livestock buildings who want to move up from a tractor/loader combination, it lifts 2.3t to 5.06m (16ft 7in) and 1.2t to a maximum forward reach of 3.05m (10ft). Stability comes from an operating weight of 5.5t. Prices start at £31,910.
Valmet is to replace its M5 range with four new tractors. The M600 has a three-cylinder, non-turbo engine developing 60hp, the M700 has a turbocharged version that achieves 70hp, the M800 a four-cylinder non-turbo unit developing 80hp, and the M900 uses a turbo to take it to 90hp.
The cab has been redesigned and there is a choice of three transmissions – 8 x 4, 12 x 8 with creeper gear and 16 x 8. The latter has a splitter to give a 15% overdrive.
Teagle has extended its range of Tomahawk bale shredders with the introduction of the trailed 808MF – MF designating its moving-floor conveyor.
The company claims it is suitable for two round bales up to 1.5m (5ft) diameter and any size of rectangular bale. A hydraulically-operated tailgate with tapered sides means self-loading is possible by reversing into a bale. Maximum spreading width is 18m (60ft) and price is £9,875.
Lely has extended its range of Welger bale shredders with the introduction of the Farmer, Ranger, Master and Profi models.
All are fixed-chamber machines producing 1.5m (5ft) bales and include Welgers Powergrip bale roller system. Master and Profi models are equipped with pre-chopping units with 12 and 23 knives respectively.
Twin-twine wrapping, net wrapping or a combination of both can be fitted to all models and pick-up widths range from 1.5-2.25m (5-7ft bin). Prices start at £13,275.
Amazones new mounted ZATM 4.2 fertiliser spreader consists, in effect, of two spreaders in one. There are four spinners – two on the bottom and two on the top. The hopper has two 1600-litre sections which can, if necessary, be filled with two different fertilisers.
The latest Mailleux loaders, sold in the UK through Chillton, are due for launch this spring. They will have all-new jibs, improved electrical and hydraulic quick-couplers and tidier hydraulic pipe work. Full-height lift performance is improved and switching between single and double-acting operation made easier.
There will be five models, the MX60 (45-70hp tractors), MX80 (60-80hp tractors), MX100 (75-100hp tractors), MX120 (95-150hp tractors) and MX150/155 (130-230hp tractors).
Latest addition to the Armer range of belt-type sugar beet harvesters is the three-row ST3 model. Equipped with a 7t hopper, it is designed to achieve work rates of 4.8ha/day (12 acres/day).
Production models will be available with a moving-floor system to give on-the-move emptying and all four wheels are hydraulically adjustable. Power requirement is 125hp upwards and juice is expected to be about £50,000.
Two new machines on the UK market. Case Maxxum MX (left) and Matbros TS230 compact telescopic loader.
Four-model M100 range from Valtra Tractors (UK) spans the 60-90hp sector.