Archive Article: 1997/07/19

19 July 1997

Designed to fit the northern requirement for grain and fertiliser drills, Amazones Airstar Duo combines a front-mounted 1,500 or 1,800 litre fertiliser hopper with an AD or RPD drill unit with power harrow and following harrow. Without the front unit, the drill adapts to a grain only option when autumn seeding. The 3m version starts at £9,040; the 4m from £9,180. Amazone, Rowse, Pillaton, Saltash, Cornwall PL12 6QU (01579 351155).

Three models in the 160-200hp bracket boost the Deutz-Fahr Agrotron range this autumn – although they are unlikely to reach UK buyers until early next year. They will feature the nine-speed powershift, three-range transmission featured on other Same group tractors, but coupled with Deutz liquid cooled engines. Two years after the German brand became part of the Italian-owned Same-Lamborghini organisation, responsibility passes from importers Watveare to a much expanded manufacturers subsidiary at Barby. Same Deutz-Fahr (UK), Barby Lane, Barby, nr Rugby, Warks CV23 8TD (01788 891892).

Latest and largest of the Thomas range, the T-243HDS skid steer loader features 61.9kW (83hp) Deutz diesel power for enhanced loading and operating capability. Thomas Equipment, Two Gates Industrial Estate, Tamworth, Staffordshire B77 5AE (01827 284141).

With a spring-tined cultivator and drill combination, the Rau Startiller provides an alternative to the power harrow. Or, as a replacement for the standard pipe roller on the Polymag cultivator, its said to enhance straw incorporation and improve reconsolidation to stimulate weed and volunteer germination and minimise moisture loss. The Startiller adds £650 to the cost of a 3m Polymag. Ferrag, PO Box 90, Haydock Lane, Haydock Industrial Estate, St Helens, Merseyside WA11 9UU (01942 272777).

The Proshot range of cold water electrically powered pressure washers span 1,600 to 2,300 psi (110-160 bar). Checo, New Kensington Court, Hallam Fields Road West, Ilkeston, Derby DE7 4BL (Freephone 0800 371165).

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