Machinery

Machinery

  • TWOSE of Tiverton is to merge with its sister company, McConnel – combining two of the most famous names in British agricultural engineering, with both coming from the Alamo Group of manufacturers.

  • A WORLD first is being claimed for JCB’s new Loadall AGRI Pro telescopic handlers, which will feature a unique transmission combining the characteristics of powershift and hydrostatic drives. 

  • THE CONCEPT of a truly 'global' tractor initiated by Massey Ferguson has grown arms and legs and with the launch of the new MF 5700 and 6700 Global series recently, it has become a serious player in the market.

  • ‘All-purpose’ are the key words associated with New Holland’s latest tractor series updates for its big selling T5 and T6 ranges. 

  • JOHN DEERE has opened which it says is the first purpose-built apprentice training facility aimed at training young people for a working life in agricultural engineering.

Motoring

Motoring

  • IT'S quite a big engine for a small car and it packs a fair bit of oomph, but the 2.2-litre diesel fitted to the updated CX-5 middle-of-the-table SUV from Mazda also scores well on thriftiness.

  • I HAVE a feeling that Suzuki has a little winner on its hands with the latest version of the Vitara, especially the punchy ‘S’ version that I had the pleasure of companioning recently.

  • WHILE it might have been little tardy in entering the mid-size SUV market, Mercedes Benz’ latest offering will certainly make the buying public sit up and pay attention as its first contender in this segment is quite some beast.

  • AUDI'S latest generation of the Range Rover rival, the Q7, is a big lump of a car and there is no doubt that it has an on-road presence to match Land Rover's products, but the engineers have managed to maintain that size, but without the weight.

  • IT CERTAINLY looks like an SUV, but don't be fooled into thinking it is one, because the new Renault Kadjar - the French manufacturer's biggest crossover model - comes in a bewildering array of engine size and gearboxes that you might be unsure whether your one will come with four-wheel-drive or not.

Technical

Technical

  • AN IDEAL 'farmer-type' ATV and an updated version of its popular side-by-side ATV, the Ranger, are new on the market for 2016 from Polaris.

  • IT is that time of year again when dealing with livestock through the winter is at the forefront of all farmers minds.

  • NEW additions to its catalogue will mark spares business, Spaldings' return to the Royal Highland Show for the first time in five years.

  • THREE Gold medals for innovative excellence have been awarded in this year's round of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland's Technical Innovation Award scheme.

  • THE Kombi2Plus silage sheet and Silofix cover belt from forage clamp specialist, Bock UK, are designed to make sheeting down easier and more effective.

Buyer's Guide

Buyer's Guide

  • MARKER WEIGHTS the AGRIbumper being imported by Lincs-based McCormick dealer, Robert H Crawford and Son, performs a number of roles - it can provide up to 1600kg ballast using steel plates; LED daytime running lights that flash for turns on the road; reflective width markers; and a bumper that will discourage the tractor mounting a car in the event of a collision.

  • PLOUGH MAKER Tim Hubert, of Suffolk-based farm machinery business Agri-Hire, is filling the void left by Dowdeswell Engineering's closure by building his own ploughs.

  • SMALL SCALE in addition to a Tier 4 Final engine specification and enhanced smart hydraulics features for full-size Loadall telescopic handlers, JCB unveiled the compact but high specification 525-60 Agri Plus.

  • FAST SPRAYER fancy a new Fastrac 4000 for spraying?

  • ENGINE UPGRADE Caterpillar distributor, Finning, showed the TH306D, the first - and smallest - of a new generation of telescopic handlers that meet latest emissions requirements with urea injection (SCR) and a catalyst (DOC) on the Cat engines.

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