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.
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
- More details: www.bathandwest.com