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FORAGE WAGONS

Pottinger shrinks Jumbo forage wagon for new 5000-series

Grass farmers and contractors that like the look of Pottinger’s big 7000- and 8000-series forage wagons, but can’t justify their size or cost, now have a smaller range of 5000s…

TRACTORS

First-of-its-kind wheel hire service set up by Brocks

A new hire service – believed to be the first of its kind in Britain – enables growers and contractors to hire specialist wheel assemblies for long-term or seasonal use.…

MOWERS

Auger swather offers lower-cost grouping for Claas mowers

By grafting an auger system to the back of its 9.1m plain disc butterfly mowers, Claas has created a simpler, lower-cost grouping option. While belt systems require a conditioner to…

CEREAL DRILLS

Farmer combines Karat and Solitair for one-pass bean drill

It’s a Lemken drill, but not as you know it. The perfectly colour-matched Kinair, named after Craig and Claire Grant’s Kindrought Farm and the Solitair seeder on which it is…

MOWERS

Sauerburger Condor triple-deck rotary cutters come to UK

The design and specification of a trio of heavy-duty, triple-deck rotary cutters from German manufacturer Sauerburger has been influenced by importer Simon Richard to meet user requirements in Britain. “We…

TRACTORS

Major uplift in big kit sales, but less tractors sold overall

Larger kit is leading the way in the UK tractor tractor market, with a 40% uplift in the number of 260hp-plus machines registered during the first half of 2024. Tractors…

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MOWERS

New Pottinger Novacat mower gets automated curve control

Pottinger has unveiled new 2.62m and 3.04m Novacat F front mowers, the larger of which is available with a novel “curve control” feature. Dubbed Opticurve, this simultaneously side-shifts and turns…

4X4S

Wilderness Lighting offers numberplate-mounted escort boards

Bedfordshire-based Wilderness Lighting has developed a quick-to-fit wide load warning kit for escort vehicles. For £155, buyers get a 79x10cm high-vis front board that, handily, attaches via the existing numberplate…

TOOLS

New Milwaukee M18 blower gets more power and less noise

Milwaukee has ramped up the power and cut the motor din of its latest M18 Fuel Blower. It now delivers an air volume of 14.2cu m/min – up about 10%…

TELEHANDLERS

Bobcat cuts fuel use on new S630 and S650 skid-steers

Upgrades to make the four-cylinder engine in Bobcat’s S630 and S650 skid-steer loaders cleaner and greener have yielded improved fuel consumption. A particulate filter is part of the Stage 5…

CULTIVATION AND DRILLING

KRM reveals 15m-wide Carré Pressius comb harrow

With a wider than usual range of tine pressure adjustment, the Carré Pressius harrow added to KRM’s product line is designed primarily for harrowing and weeding in delicate and robust…

BALERS AND WRAPPERS

Claas Rollant 630 RC Uniwrap offers faster bale transfer

Claas has unveiled its third-generation round baler wrapper, which has received a smattering of updates to increase output, improve durability and make it easier to work on. Unlike the two-model…

CLOTHING

On test: Reusable half-mask respirators – which is best?

Time to swap your disposable dust masks for a reusable respirator? Oliver Mark and James Andrews gear up and try out seven widely available options. Any job involving a dust…

ATVS AND UTVS

CF Moto unveils low-cost two-seater Touring ATV

Budget brand CF Moto has launched two-seater Touring versions of its big CForce 850 and 1000 ATVs. Both are propelled by V-twin engines, with the smaller model running an 800cc…

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WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? Somerset farmers spill the beans

Working to a tight budget, Somerset farmers Martin and Michael Waldock aim to buy their kit well … and sell it even better. Andrew Faulkner gets the measure of the…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? visits Massey-mad YouTuber Tom Lamb

Farmer, digger fleet owner and budding YouTuber Tom Lamb gives us the lowdown on his business. See also: Owner rates Massey Ferguson 8S.265 tractor with Dyna E-Power transmission Farm facts A…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What’s in Your Shed? visits a Cumbrian farming family

Tractor paint colour matters little to Cumbrian farmers and contractors Vaughan, Karl and Ryan Hodgson, who run a mixed fleet of Fendts, JCBs and John Deeres. See also: Direct drills revisited:…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? Dorset contractor Will Box reveals all

This time What's in your Shed heads over to Dorset to visit contractor Will Box. We hear how he built up his business and customer base and why hiring in…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? visits a Yorkshire arable farm

Lifting the lid on their machinery shed high and lows are Yorkshire arable farmers Michael and Will Scholey. See also: How to adapt cut-price cultivators for low-disturbance system How brand loyal…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? visits FW 2023 Contractor of the Year

Kevin Heywood, Farmers Weekly’s 2023 Contractor of the Year, reveals the best and worst decisions he’s made in assembling a distinctly green machinery fleet.  We head over to Cornwall to…

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CLOTHING

On test: Reusable half-mask respirators – which is best?

Time to swap your disposable dust masks for a reusable respirator? Oliver Mark and James Andrews gear up and try out seven widely available options. Any job involving a dust…

4X4S

On test: Toyota's super-frugal Rav4 plug-in hybrid

Toyota reckons its latest Rav4 plug-in hybrid can return an impressively frugal 282mpg. James Andrews finds out if it delivers in the real world Comfortable, capable and practical they might…

SPRAYERS

First impressions: McConnel's bigger and heavier Agribuggy

At what point is a small, lightweight self-propelled sprayer no longer small or lightweight? The McConnel Agribuggy has defined this relatively niche segment since its inception in the early 1980s…

4X4S

On test: Ineos Automotive's debut 247hp Quartermaster pickup

Ineos has built what could be the toughest mainstream pickup on the market, but simple, solid engineering comes at a cost. With its snorting straight-six diesel, creamy eight-speed gearbox, and…

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TRACTORS

Driver's view: Why Norfolk grower runs trio of Deutz 7250s

Deutz-Fahr tractors are now the go-to prime movers for Norfolk-based potato grower Ian Mason Farms, primarily because of their keen up-front costs and driver-friendly controls. The business runs four of…

201-300HP

Driver's view: Leics farm rates McCormick's 240hp X7.624

Shifting fewer than 100 tractors a year at the last count makes McCormick one of the lowest volume tractor brands selling in the UK. But what the Italian marque lacks…

TRACTORS

Driver’s view: McCormick X6.413 P6-Drive

Fitted with a 4.5-litre FPT engine and an in-house six-speed semi-powershift transmission, the X6.4 is McCormick’s premium offering in the four-cylinder sector. This means buyers have access to a host…

TRACTORS

Driver's view: Case IH Maxxum 125 ActiveDrive 4

A recent reordering of Case IH’s smaller tractor ranges has resulted in a slimming down of the popular Maxxum series to a trio of models. But with three transmission options…

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CONTRACTOR COMMENT

Contractor Comment: Warranty dilemmas and pricey pickups

High lamb prices, new kit and plenty of silage in the stack have lifted spirits at Daniel Freeland-Cook’s family-run farming and contracting business, following a dismal winter that hampered lambing…

CONTRACTOR COMMENT

Contractor Comment: Lots of plans but not enough staff

The final members of our 2024 Contractor Comment cohort are Suffolk-based Derek and Linda Keeble. See also: Contractor Comment: Infuriating weather sees new kit sit idle About the contractor Straw is…

CONTRACTOR COMMENT

Contractor Comment: Infuriating weather sees new kit idle

Third in this year's Contractor Comment hotseat is James Townley, who runs JD Townley & Son with his father Roy. See also: Contractor Comment: Interest rates a threat for Cropmech About…

CONTRACTOR COMMENT

Contractor Comment: Interest rates a threat for Cropmech

For this year’s Contractor Comment it’s all change, as we visit a fresh batch of four contracting firms located in different regions of the UK. Second up is our new…

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WEED MANAGEMENT

Video: Leicester farm trials weed seed unit on Fendt combine

Europe’s first Redekop seed control unit (SCU) fitted to a Fendt Ideal 10T combine, aimed at controlling weed seeds, is being put to the test this harvest in Leicestershire at…

FORAGE WAGONS

Video: Lely revolutionises zero grazing with autonomous Exos

Dutch firm Lely has put the finishing touches to its self-propelled grass harvester and feeder, which is set to go on sale in the Netherlands next year. The battery powered…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

WIYS: Contractor ditches new kit for retro fleet

Mark Bowran, 2003 winner of Farmers Weekly’s Tractor Driver of the Year competition, opens the doors of his MBC Services contracting business. Machinery editor, Oliver Mark asks the questions and…

TECHNOLOGY

Video: Retrofit Mojow tractor kit automates arable fieldwork

Mojow may have found the holy grail of fieldwork autonomy by devising a means of controlling tractors of any sensible vintage with state-of-the-art driverless technology. Better still, the Canadian firm’s…