Latest equipment at the Royal Smithfield Club Christmas Fair

Machinery companies exhibiting at the Royal Smithfield Christmas Fair on 5 and 6 December will show new and improved products alongside proven and established equipment. Peter Hill reviews some of the newcomers on show.

Twyman hedgecutter

West Country farm implement maker Twyman plans to show a new hedge cutter at the event this year.

Aimed at farmer users, it is a compact design, but incorporates typical Twyman features like the ultra-slim oil tank to keep the weight well forward while giving a good oil-cooling effect from the large surface area.


There is also a high pivot point for the power-slew arm and parallel linkage to minimise the control inputs needed to keep the head at the correct angle as it is moves up and down.

A new control option from the Tiverton company is intended to fill a gap in the choice of cable, hydraulic servo and electro-hydraulic servo controls. It uses a system that gives variable rates of response from the same joystick movement.



Kuhn‘s TBE S230 verge mower has offset hydraulic parallel linkage to suit different working situations and a generous 155° of pivot. This enables it to work down banks as well as on the level, supported by a 160mm diameter steel roller.


An auto-return mechanical break-back mechanism allows the head to swing to the rear if the operator fails to spot an obstruction and the rotor can be equipped with universal or heavy-duty hammer flails.

Kuhn will showcase its latest mixer-feeder designs at the Christmas fair. These have been developed, says the French manufacturer, in response to demand for machines capable of quickly and efficiently chopping and mixing long-fibre forages, including straw. At the same time, more capapcity options have been introduced to its twin vertical auger series and higher-specification 80 series as producers look to larger models or inproved productivity.

Twyman post driver

Farmers planning a winter fencing programme will find an example of Twyman’s new telescopic-mast post drivers at the event.

Available in a range of sizes and configurations for tractor, digger and loader mounting, the drivers feature Twyman’s characteristic captive wedge-shaped weight, which runs down a rail on the mast.

But in this case the mast can be extended by a hydraulic cylinder to give heavier impacts for hard driving conditions.

Digga post auger


Among the Australian-built fence post augers featured on the Digga stand will be a budget version of the hydraulic-drive Premium model Power Drill designed for use on mini excavators, skid-steer loaders and telehandlers.

Essentially, the Silver Series does away with some of the equipment that comes as standard to reduce the price, notably the no-swing system. But there is also a redesigned coupling hitch said to be easier to use.

Three sizes are available: The PDD hydraulic drive unit for 14-45 litre/min hydraulic flow and a standard auger size of 400mm (16in) the PDX2 – 30-55 litre/min, 610mm (24in) and the PD4 – 50-85 litre/min, 760mm (30in).

Digga ram drill

The tractor linkage-mounted Ram Drill will also be shown – a post-hole borer with a hydraulic cylinder to generate down-force that helps the auger bore its way into tough soils instead of relying on its weight and gravity.

There are pto- and hydraulic-drive versions, the latter providing a reversible auger and eliminating the potential dangers associated with pto shaft drives.

Royal Smithfield Christmas fair

  • When: 5 and 6 December
  • Where: Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
  • Cost: £10
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