Machinery

Machinery

  • FOUR-CYLINDERS replace six and engine size moves down from 6.7 litres to 4.5 litres, but the replacements for Landini's Landpower series, the 6Ls, promise to be just as powerful but more fuel efficient, writes Ken Fletcher.

  • FEEDING grazing for that valuable 'early bite' might not be easy when wet conditions make it impractical to get on the land with a traditional tractor and spreader set up, but NI company, Quad-Z, thinks it has the solution.

  • THE LATEST Tucson model, which will replace the popular ix-35, is seen by its maker, Hyundai, as a significant player in its expansion plans.

  • WITH THE 121-160hp tractor power segment now bigger in sales volume terms than either the 61-100hp or 101-120hp brackets, marking the continuing climb of average tractor size sold, the latest addition to Zetor's line-up ensures the Czech firm now has a full offering in the sector.

  • AN ADDITION to its strong-selling twin-disc mounted fertiliser spreader range (featured in last week's issue), a rear furrow widener for its recently-introduced ploughs and a complete new cultivator line are among the new products from arable kit specialist Amazone for 2015.

Motoring

Motoring

  • THE LATEST Tucson model, which will replace the popular ix-35, is seen by its maker, Hyundai, as a significant player in its expansion plans.

  • SUZUKI HAS revived the Vitara name for its new five-door compact SUV - which goes on sale in the UK from April.

  • VW'S TAKE on producing a 4 x 4 estate car, the Passat Alltrack, has just been given a revamp, including the choice of five revised engines.

  • IT'S clear that a lot of people have been awaiting the birth of Volvo's new version of its popular XC90.

  • SSANGYONG'S Korando pick-up has just been given added 'farmer appeal' courtesy of an increased tax-busting payload of 1050kg.

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

  • ORGANISERS are expecting 40,000 visitors to attend this year's LAMMA Show, which is now firmly established as the UK's largest farm machinery, equipment and agricultural services event.

  • 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.

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