Agritechnica has some of the biggest, newest, brightest agricultural machinery on show and if money is no object you can take your pick.
Most farmers, though, are on a budget, so we have picked out some of the best low cost options at the show.
Gomselmash GS12 combine
European combines don’t get much more utilitarian-looking than the ones built by Belarusian manufacturer Gomselmash.
The state-owned company builds about 5,000 combines a year and Russia, Kazakhstan and China take a large chunk of them.
With five straw walkers and a 326hp Mercedes engine, the Palesse GS12 is the company’s flagship. It has most of the niceties – hydrostatic drive, a full-size passenger seat and climate control. There’s also an on-board computer.
The Palesse GS12 is available with 6m, 7m and 9m headers and costs about €135,000.
Turkey might be best known in the UK for its kebabs and bazaars, but the country is also something of a specialist when it comes to building smaller tractors.
One manufacturer reporting plenty of success is Hattat, whose tractors bear more than a passing resemblance to Valtra’s sub-100hp machines. There’s a good reason for that, too – Hattat builds Valtra’s smallest tractors for the Turkish market.
Its biggest model is the A110 – a Perkins-powered, 102hp tractor that has plenty in common with the Valtra A-series. The cab dash and steering wheel are particularly recognisable, but there are a few differences underneath.
The Turkish company builds its own 11×11, solely mechanical transmission, which will keep things relatively simple if you have a breakdown.
Rear lift is 3,700kg and hydraulic output is 58 litres/min, which should be ample for basic, livestock-oriented farm tasks. There are three pto speeds as standard as well, and the company currently exports the tractors to almost 40 countries worldwide.
Hattat makes around 3,000 A110 models each year and the asking price is €23,000.
Farmer F7 23032
Polish-made Farmer was another budget brand pulling in the bargain hunters at Agritechinca. There are plenty of household names on the components list, with Sisu providing the engine, the transmission bought from ZF and hydraulics from Bosch-Rexroth.
The company is widening its appeal, too, by building new models that extend to the 282hp F8 range. So it won’t just be the smaller-scale farmers shopping with a small purse the Polish maker is trying to attract.
On stand was the 227hp F7-23032. It uses a six-cylinder Sisu powerplant, but Farmer doesn’t commit itself to one engine brand – it uses John Deere, FPT and the Minsk-made MMZ engines in other tractors in the line-up.
Power is directed through a 40×40 ZF gearbox with a shuttle and top speed is an impressive 50kph.
On the back there’s a Cat III linkage that’ll lift 10.5t, two pto speeds and the hydraulic pump will push out 80 litres/min.
It has noticeably impressive ground clearance, too, and you probably won’t find very many 227hp tractors for €100,000.
Another budget tractor maker boasting a reputable list of component parts is TYM. Lely currently brings the red-liveried Korean tractors to the UK, but the agreement only covers models below 50hp.
That means you might have to wait a little longer if you want to get a closer look at TYM’s new 150hp tractor on British soil, which is still waiting for EU approval. The most notable change is the decision to use a stepless gearbox on all tractors it builds above 150hp, which makes it one of the first budget tractor manufacturers to go down the CVT route.
The design of the TX1500 is less revolutionary, with a straight row of six working lights running along the cab roof and a couple of gills cut into the bonnet side.
Like its rivals, TYM has invested in household names to provide the component parts and bring a bit of street cred. It’s no surprise to hear that Peterborough-based Perkins has been picked as the engine supplier with a 6.6-litre six-pot.
The power drives through a ZF CVT, which has four ranges. Top speed is 40kph and buyers also get the luxury of front axle suspension. Hydraulic pump capacity is 128 litres/min and rear lift is a slightly low-sounding 5,300kg.
Farmtrac DT range
Farmtrac seems to periodically dip its toe in the UK tractor market. We might not have seen all the Polish maker’s models in the UK but it’s continuing to expand its product range abroad.
Perkins, again, is the engine maker of choice for the updated DT range. This time it’s a Stage 3b 4.4-litre unit that maxes out at 101hp and 384Nm of torque in the 7100DT, although there is a more powerful tractor in the range.
There are 16 speeds available in both directions and a synchro shuttle deals with directional changes. The Cat II linkage will lift 4,900kg.
The eight-model range currently tops out with the 7110DT, which offers 112hp, but a 130hp version is in the pipeline. A new cab is also due next year, as well as an electro-hydraulic shuttle, but prices are likely to go up a bit too.
There’s no doubt baler-wrappers take the hassle out of silaging duties, but the problem is they’re not cheap.
Although Irish dealers can now sell you Polish firm Unia’s Master baler-wrapper, which has most of the bits and bobs you’d find on one of the big maker’s machines, but for €45,000.
At the front there’s a 1.2m roller baler that’s based loosely on an old Deutz-Fahr design. This has a 2.2m pick-up with integrated pre-roller, an optional set of knives and it’s controlled by an Adel computer.
The standard machine is pretty basic, but there are some nice-to-have options such as autolube and a hydraulic pick-up.
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