Lamma 2016: Tractors and telehandlers on show

Tractor and telehandler manufacturers were out in force at this year’s Lamma show touting their latest wares to the crowds of eager visitors.

From the smallest pivot-steer loaders to tillage monsters from Canada, there was something to suit most farms and budgets.

Here are a few of the machines that caught our eye.

Versatile rigid-frame tractors

Versatile is looking to build on the success of its Delta Track crawler with a range of rigid-frame tractors that offer power outputs starting at 260hp.

Versatile-260

Versatile 260 © Jonathan Page

There are also 290hp and 310hp models in the range, and 340hp and 360hp versions are expected to arrive by the end of this year.

Motive power is provided by a 9.0-litre Cummins block that is tied to a 16-speed full powershift gearbox.

Exhaust gas recircultation currently takes care of emissions, but it won’t be long before AdBlue is added.

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The smallest of the Winnipeg-built heavy horses still weighs in at 12t and comes with an £80,000 price tag.

There is the option of adding auto-steer, but it might be worth waiting to put in your order until the summer because front suspension should be available by then.

Massey Ferguson 4700

Last year’s Lamma show saw Massey Ferguson reveal its “global tractor”, designed to suit different markets and farming conditions across the world.

This time around it was sporting a cab, rather than just a ROPS frame, that will better suit UK farmers.

The little 3.3-litre three-pot is tuned to deliver outputs from 75-95hp and drives through a two-range, six-gear box with the option of a creeper range.

Four-wheel drive is standard and the 3t max lift is managed via electronic linkage controls.

Hydraulic output is about 61 litres/min and the asking price is about £30,000.

Case Optum and New Holland T7.HD

The Case Optum and New Holland T7.HD have been doing the rounds of all the major machinery shows since they were unveiled last summer.

Case Optum 300 at Lamma

Case Optum 300 CVX © Jonathan Page

Though one is built in Basildon and the other fights out of St Valentin, Austria, the pair’s internals are the same.

There are two models in the range, both powered by a 6.7-litre Fiat engine with a new electronic variable geometry turbo.

Peak power comes in at 288hp for the smaller version and 313hp on its bigger brother. Rated power is 271hp and 300hp respectively.

The tractors are only available with a CVX transmission and can be shod with 2.15m tall tyres.

There’s the choice of 165 litres/min or 223 litres/min hydraulic pumps and max rear lift is a shade over 11t.

Gehl 650 pivot-steer

Manitou’s sister brand Gehl was showing off a new compact pivot-steer loader with 2.8t tipping load capacity.

Gehl 650 pivot-steer

Gehl 650 pivot-steer © Jonathan Page

Called the 650, it’s powered by a 65hp, four-cylinder Yanmar, has a two-speed hydrostatic transmission and a top speed of 30kph.

Bucket breakout force is a shade under 4t and it has a Z-bar loader linkage with mechanical self-levelling.

There is also a return-to-dig function that means you don’t have to worry about positioning the bucket every time you want to dig.

As standard the 650 comes with a simple tubular safety frame, but this can be upgraded to a full cab with heating and air conditioning.

Prices have not yet been finalised, but it’s likely to have a list price of about £40,000.

Cat 306D telehandler

Caterpillar is steadily expanding its line-up of agricultural-spec telehandlers and the 306D is one of the latest to joint the fleet.

CAT 306D telescopic loader © Jonathan Page

CAT 306D telescopic loader © Jonathan Page

This has a 3t lift capacity, 6m reach and load-sensing hydraulics with a 95 litre/min pump.

Power comes from a 3.6-litre, 100hp Deutz block that drives a two-speed hydrostatic gearbox and it has a top speed of 32kph.

To help make life easier when working in tight sheds, the 306D measures just over 2m wide and 2m tall and it has an operating weight of about 6t. It can also be specced with a towing hitch that is rated to 8t.

The Belgian-built machine should be available towards the end of the year.

Armatrac

Turkish tractor maker Armatrac was making a big splash at Lamma, with a new importer and a couple of updated models.

ArmaTrac 1104 Lux

ArmaTrac 1104 Lux © Jonathan Page

Stoke-on-Trent-based UK importer ArmaTrac Sales UK is now in charge of bringing the tractors to the UK and it will be concentrating on two models – the 50hp and the 113hp 1104 Lux.

The bigger 1104 Lux model has a 3.4-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged Perkins engine putting out 113hp.

The transmission has 16 forward and 16 reverse gears with full synchromesh.

An auto-hitch control system is fitted, as well as a compressor and trailer brake hook-up.

The tractor was being sold for £26,000 at the show.

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