Machinery

Machinery

  • Unusually for a handler of this size, the hydraulic system uses a load sensing piston pump rather than the more usual gear pump installation.

  • OHN DEERE'S innovative DirectDrive transmission is in the running for an International Machinery Manufacturers' Award - part of the new 'Oscars' for agricultural machinery.

  • MUCH OF the proven virtues of the long-established Magnum tractors will remain a feature of the latest model line-up, but the newcomers will have power of up to 435hp available and their new FPT 8.7 litre engine Hi-eSCR after treatment system will meet European Stage IV exhaust emission regulation

  • Family-owned New Holland dealership, Lloyd, has celebrated its 50th anniversary by moving to new extended premises in Dumfries

  • A NEW variation for the Zetor Forterra brings more power, new hydraulics, bigger capacity lift linkage and a longer wheelbase as a further development of the existing 'standard' and HSX versions - it also marks Zetor's move into the 150hp class.

Motoring

Motoring

  • EVERY now and then comes along a car which knocks your socks off ...

  • THE LATEST Land Rover made its first apperance to the world this week at the Paris Motor Show and already there would appear to be a long queue of prospective custmers ready to buy the 'Sport' version of the highly successful Discovery range.

  • IT'S a Rangie Jim, but not as we know it!

  • THE UTTERLY commendable and now standard practice that Mazda has of seeking novel ways of saving on fuel and CO2 emissions using the pretty good engines that it already has, rather than simply cutting engine size to achieve the same result, has now come to its latest versions of the Mazda3 range.

  • BACK IN the day when the Subaru Impreza seemingly reigned supreme in the rally circuit and was used as a car of choice for those of nefarious intent escaping the polis, the other side of the business was providing a safe, reliable and go anywhere estate car favoured by the likes of vets, rural reps and farmers.

Technical

Technical

  • NEW HOLLAND is upping the ante in providing state-of-the-art guidance systems with its drive to equip dealers with the necessary technology.

  • CLAAS HAS introduced a new automatic steering system, GPS Pilot Flex, which can be quickly and easily transferred between different machines.

  • A NEW study has demonstrated the effectiveness of Michelin's Improved Flexion (IF) tyres at reducing soil compaction compared to a set of tread tracks.

  • WHEN FARMS set out to address a shortage of slurry storage capacity, minimising the volume of 'dirty' liquid generated by the daily routine is a good place to start.

  • A NEW research centre dedicated to bringing 'smart' agricultural machinery into wider and more productive use in UK has been opened at Harper Adams University College, Shropshire.

Buyer's Guide

Buyer's Guide

  • WITH what is calls its new global tractor platform, Massey Ferguson recently held its 'Vision of the Future' event in Beauvais, France, to showcase the project - and old school tractor drivers will feel very much at home with its simple design ethic.

  • SEVERAL NEW - some of them unique - features have been included in the design of JCB's most serious stab yet at cornering a slice of the action in the competitive 150-250hp sector.

  • WITH ITS plans almost in place to launch a serious bid to be a full-line farm machinery manufacturer, a lot hinges on how Kubota's new headliner tractors, the M7 series, is received by the market.

  • THE HEAVY duty capacity of Schäffer loaders' flagship 9510T and 9530T telescopic wheel loaders, is being more than retained in their replacement eight-tonne, 9600 series, which was seen at the Highland for the first time.

  • ARTIC CAT continues to dominate the diesel ATV market - as it has done since 2008 - with the Arctic Cat 700 diesel.

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