And the winners are…
By Mike Williams
The top honours in this years RASE Machinery Award Scheme go to John Deere, winner of the prestigious gold medal for the Triple Link Suspension system on the 6010 and 7010 series tractors.
Ten companies receive silver medals in the latest round of RASE machinery awards, but it was John Deere which received the coveted top spot.
The companys front-axle suspension system was chosen for the gold medal due, in the main, to enthusiastic reports from owners and users who praised the improvement in ride comfort and the ability for it to allow faster working speeds and increased output.
Also singled out from the list of silver winners was Simba Internationals DD press rings. The rings, designed for soil consolidation and levelling and used on a number of Simba cultivation machines, won the Lloyds TSB award.
This award was presented by Lloyds TSB, the Machinery Award Scheme sponsors, to recognise equipment considered to have special economic significance for the farming industry.
New Holland gains a slot in the silver medal list for the TNF/S series tractors covering the 50hp to 72hp sector. Design features that impressed the judges included the automatic four-wheel drive control system and the New Holland Super Steer front-axle design with its 76deg wheel angle.
Two of the silver medals to be presented at this years Royal Show will go to farming families who design and build machinery. For Andrew Garnett of Allostock, Knutsford, Cheshire, this is his second silver medal.
The first was awarded last year for his tractor-powered AG Dispenser for bedding cow cubicles, and this years medal is for a more versatile version which also handles sand or wastepaper pulp.
The Walley family from Waverton, Chester, are already well known for their muck spreader developments, but this years silver award is for the Zero system of zero-grazing machinery. It was developed on their dairy farm and includes a special mower and a trailer which doubles as a self-feed bunker.
Livestock equipment also wins silver medals for P J Parmiter and Teagle Machinery. Parmiters success is with the Shear Bucket loader attachment which cuts and handles silage blocks and deals with concentrates as well, enabling a complete ration to be loaded in a feeder wagon without changing attachments.
The Teagles award is for the Tomahawk 8080, the trailed silage feeder and bedding straw dispenser which can cope with big square bales of any size or up to two 5ft diameter round bales, using the flared tailgate for self-loading.
The Green Burner from Drackedon Agriculture is designed as an alternative to using sulphuric acid and other chemicals for killing the top growth on crops such as potatoes. Designed by Suffolk-based contractor Matthew Silliphant, it produces infra-red heat by burning liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and is reported to be increasingly popular with growers.
Equipment for potatoes and other root crops also features in the silver awards for Peal Engineering. The medal is for its Lift Roller Grader which can be used for grading a wide range of root crops from swedes and carrots to daffodil bulbs, and it can also handle brussel sprouts.
Manitou features among the silver medals for the MLT633 Turbo LS120 loader. This is a high-spec telehandler, powered by a 120hp Perkins engine which is transversely mounted to lower the profile for improved visibility from the cab. Lift capacity is 3.3 tonnes to the 6.05m lift height.
There is also one Award of Merit this year which has been won by Vredestein for the Traxion+ low-profile tractor tyres. *
John Deeres Triple Link suspension system on
the 6010 and 7010 series tractors earned a
Drackedon Agricultures Greenburner gets silver – infra
red heat provides an alternative to sulphuric acid and other chemicals for removing top growth on potatoes.
Parmiter wins a silver medal for its versatile Shear Bucket feed handler.
Sharp turning angle of New Hollands Super Steer front axle earns the company a silver. The
axle is fitted to TNF and