This week we take another look at some of the show stars from the recent Agritechnica Show, in Hanover, Germany. Chris McCullough reports:

JCB launch new agri-telescopic handler

JCB added a new telescopic handler to its vast range, called the Loadall 532-60 Agri.

Key features on the new model include a joystick switch-controlled four-speed powershift transmission, the JCB EcoMAX four-cylinder 4.4-litre 109hp engine and a 3200kg lift capacity to a maximum 6.2m full height, or 1400kg to 3.34m forward reach.

Exhaust gases are cleaned using selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) to meet Euro Stage IV/US Tier 4 Final emissions compliance.

It can be specified on 20-inch tyres to bring the machine’s height down to just 2.4m, from 2.49m on 24-inch tyres, together with a slight reduction in overall width.

Top speed on the 380/75 R20 tyres is 33kph and the 460/70 R24 tyres increase this to 40kph.

Gold medal for joint venture

THE only gold medal awarded at this year’s Agritechnica went to a joint effort by Joskin and John Deere for development in electric drives.

The heavyweight manufacturers have introduced a system where two axles on a tridem manure spreader are electrically driven by motors for extra traction.

The eAutoPower gearbox for the new 8R large tractors from John Deere represents the first electro-mechanical power split gearbox in agricultural technology.

Two electric motors are used as a continuously variable actuator and are specified to not only supply the drive, but provide up to 100kW of electric power for external consumption.

On the tractor side, this electrical integration results in improved gearbox efficiencies and reduced maintenance costs.

Used in combination with an axle drive on a manure spreader improves traction, reduces slip and improved track guidance on steep slopes.

New stone picker eases back ache

A new 7m-wide stone picker has been launched by Finnish company, Pel-Tuote, which is the widest machine in its portfolio.

Called the Kivi-Pekka 7, the machine can pick up stones across the entire width and has a stone tank capacity of holding three cubic metres.

It can handle stones with a diameter up to 50cm via a lifting drum that has 33 lifting tines. The picker can handle 1400kg per minute.

The standard tipping height is 2.9m, making it easy to unload the stones into a trailer.

It comes with bogie wheels in either 560/60-22.5 or 700/45-22.5 sizes. In addition to the new 7m model, Kivi-Pekka stone pickers are also available with working widths of 4m, 5m and 6m.

New Swadro rake from Krone

ANOTHER new grass rake hit the market when Krone introduced its new Swadro TC1370 four rotor model.

With a hydraulic rotor suspension, electric height control and adjustable headland lift, the latest model has working widths from 10.8m to 13.7m and swath widths from 1.4m to 2.6m.

Tractor attachment is either via the standard two-point headstock, or an optional 80 ball hitch. Hydraulic connection also offers the choice between a standard load-sensing solution and connection to a regular oil circuit as an option.

Buyers can also choose between a standard air or, optionally, a hydraulic braking system.

The transport running gear is fitted with either standard 620/40R22.5 or 710/35R22.5 tyres.

Sampo goes hybrid

FINNISH manufacturer, Sampo Rosenlew, exhibited its first hybrid double rotary combine harvesters, the new Comia C20 and C22 models.

With cutting widths of up to 7.5m, the new models are suitable for large and mid-sized farms.

Both the new C20 and C22 feature a double rotary instead of traditional straw walker, to deliver significantly higher threshing capacities. The C20 is fitted with a single threshing cylinder and the C22 fitted with a pre-threshing cylinder.

Both have a threshing drum width of 134cm and have new cylinder variators, high capacity grain elevators and shaker shoe areas.

They are fitted with Sampo’s premium Avara cab, designed and developed for easy, efficient, safe and long hours of work.

Slurry tanker range from Samson

SAMSON'S new TG slurry tanker range has capacities from 18 to 20 cubic metres in the TG18 and TG20 models.

The vacuum is only generated in the ejector pipe system and not in the entire slurry tanker which helps to minimise the weight of the TG tankers.

The ejector system can build a very high vacuum, under optimal conditions down to -0.9 bar, and has a filling capacity of up to 6000 litres per minute.

The Samson TG can have filling points via a hopper placed at the top of the tanker, hose with filling pump on the side of the tanker, via single or double articulated side arms, or via a front arm pump.

Tankers can be equipped with a Samson hydraulic three-point hitch with a lifting capacity of 3.8 tonnes.