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Advice and tips

COMBINES

Guide to buying a used hill-sider combine

True full body levelling on combines is not just a nice-to-have feature – for some farms it’s essential. And although the additional cost when buying new isn’t as much as…

COMBINES

Custom-built combine spares could save farmers cash

Bent drums, bashed augers and snapped straw walkers are just some of the common injuries that can bring combines to a lengthy standstill. And with genuine replacements for these major…

MACHINERY

Combine fires: Why do they keep happening?

Combine fires are far from a new phenomenon. From the earliest petrol-powered Masseys to the latest tracked Claas Lexions, they are all capable of succumbing to the destructive forces of…

MACHINERY

What to look for when buying a used combine

A combine is probably one of the largest long- term capital investments an arable farm can make, so while a second-hand machine can make an attractive alternative to new, it's…

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Case studies

HARVEST EQUIPMENT

Aussie contractor converts old bin lorries to bale chasers

An innovative Aussie contractor has designed and built a gang of self-propelled chasers, each one capable of stacking up to 1,600 bales in a day. Resourceful inventor and keen up-cycler…

COMBINES

Beds farmer fits combine with inventive fire protection kit

After losing 3ha of wheat, several rows of straw and a combine to fire, grower Simon Bath decided to protect himself for future harvests. In addition to built-in fire safety…

COMBINES

Farmer builds £2k weed-crushing combine add-on

Earlier this year, we featured the Harrington Seed Destructor – an Australian invention that fits to the tail end of the combine to grind down weed seeds harvested with cereal…

COMBINES

How combine makers are improving residue-management tech

Increased slug pressure, slow break down into the soil and nutrient lock-up are just some of symptoms of poor harvest residue management. Improving how the combine harvester chops and spreads…

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Insights

COMBINES

Retrofit fire suppresion kit could save combines

Isolated in an air-conditioned capsule at the front of the machine, combine operators are usually completely unaware when there’s an inferno slowly building behind them. By the time they do…

BALERS AND WRAPPERS

Ultimate guide to buying a big square baler

With contractors and larger arable units increasingly turning to big square balers for both grass and straw, technology is playing a role in helping operators get maximum performance from their…

GRAIN TRAILERS

Options for fitting driven axles to farm trailers for winter

As the winter weather starts closing in and the ground turns to pudding, wheeled implements need all the help they can get to keep moving.  Hydraulic drive systems promise to…

MACHINERY

Unusual harvesters: The kit used to fell and haul timber

The UK produces about 11m tonnes of softwood and half a million tonnes of hardwood every year in a market estimated to be worth about £2bn. Some serious kit is needed…

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News

GRAIN STORAGE EQUIPMENT

Mobile colour grain sorter helps clean up dirty crops

Growers who have harvested dirty crops this year could clean things up by hiring a full-colour, optical mobile grain sorter from seed specialist Evans & Pearce. The Dorset-based company says…

HEADERS

Case unveils new 8.5m combine header for CTF

Case-IH has added an 8.5m option to its Axial Flow combine header range to suit those working in controlled traffic systems. The new Varicut table is designed to slot into…

HEADERS

Wisbech dealer to import tractor-mounted Honey Bee swathers

Wisbech-based combine dealer BP Combine Harvesters has taken on the import job for Honey Bee draper flex headers and tractor-mounted belt swathers. The five-model swather range extends from 4.6m (15ft)…

COMBINES

John Deere announces 2020 combine updates

John Deere has introduced a number of upgrades for its flagship S-series combines, including improvements to its automation systems and residue management. These will apply to 2020 model machines, for…

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Test and reviews

HARVEST EQUIPMENT

Video: Driver's view - Tom Hawthorne's Big Bale Transtacker

The very thought of loaders and artic flatbed trailers running over a field collecting bales is enough to send shudders down the spine of any controlled traffic farming (CTF) convert.…

COMBINES

Driver's view: Nick Brown’s John Deere S790i combine

The biggest combine in John Deere’s line-up is the S790i, featuring a 617hp, six-cylinder engine, single rotor threshing mechanism and various header options up to 12.2m wide. It replaced a…

COMBINES

Driver's view: Clive Wreathall’s New Holland CR10.90 combine

The CR10.90 is still the biggest combine New Holland produces, but this machine has since been replaced by the Revelation model. Despite being located in an area that is a…

COMBINES

Driver's view: Richard Ledger's Claas Lexion 8900 combine

Kent farmer Richard Ledger is one of several UK growers to have run a pre-production version of Claas' latest range-topping Lexion combines. We get the verdict from driver Nigel Richardson.…

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Video

HARVEST EQUIPMENT

Video: Driver's view - Tom Hawthorne's Big Bale Transtacker

The very thought of loaders and artic flatbed trailers running over a field collecting bales is enough to send shudders down the spine of any controlled traffic farming (CTF) convert.…

COMBINES

Video: Claas launches biggest-ever Lexion combine

Claas has just won the most recent hand of combine manufacturer Top Trumps after it launched its most powerful Lexion machines yet. The headline-grabbing flagship 8900 is the biggest in the…

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