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Mower prototype uses laser to cut grass

Mower prototype uses laser to cut grass
An Irish inventor has come up with a revolutionary mower design which relies on a laser to cut the grass. Frank McAmadán has been trialing the unit for the past two seasons and says it has proved very

120tph capacity for latest sugar cane harvester

120tph capacity for latest sugar cane harvester
Weighing around 17 tonnes, and costing roughly the same as a combine harvester, power to the latest version of Case IH’s Austoft 8000 self-propelled sugar cane harvester comes courtesy of a

Lemken builds new sprayer factory

Lemken builds new sprayer factory
With no possibility to extend the existing facilities at Meppen (Germany), Lemken is currently building a new sprayer factory at Haren. Located close to the existing premises (which Lemken acquired in

Deutz engines are Stage V ready

Deutz engines are Stage V ready
Tractor and self-propelled machine makers are currently swapping Stage IIIB/Tier 4i power packs for Stage IV/Tier 4f compliant versions, but engine manufacturers are already working on the next stage.

Sparex celebrates 50 years of spare parts

Sparex celebrates 50 years of spare parts
It is 50 years since Sparex founder Malcolm Brook identified an opportunity in the market for selling lynch pins. Armed with a £200 bank loan, and operating out of a small family garage in Exeter, he

Arable sector spending less on new machinery

Arable sector spending less on new machinery
Preliminary 2014 figures reveal the arable sector’s unwillingness to invest in new ploughs, cultivators, drills, fertiliser spreaders and sprayers, the spend on which fell by around 5% to €3.6...

Machinery Tests

Fendt 724 Vario

Fendt price tags have long had a propensity to make the eyes water, yet many owners argue the marque’s strong residuals mean that owning a Fendt is no more expensive than any other premium-brand...

Case IH Farmall 115 U Pro

If you want something with a little more spec, splendour and finesse than the standard Farmall has to offer, then there’s always the Pro version, complete with its four-step powershift and other...

Tractor test: Deutz-Fahr 6160.4 TTV

Externally, Deutz-Fahr’s semi-powershift Agrotron models may look similar to their TTV counterparts, but then the CVT-equipped tractors benefit from a completely new cab layout, bringing them bang...

Used machinery Tests

John Deere T-series combines

Launched in time for the 2008 season, John Deere T-series combines feature a so-called ‘TTS — Tangential Tine Separation’ system. In outline, TTS adds a tine separator set-up behind the drum,...

Dowdeswell DP7 reversible ploughs

Launched in 1983, the Dowdeswell DP7 ‘auto turnover’ plough remained in production through to 2008. The fixed-width DP7 was supposed to be superseded, first by the mechanical vari-width DF120 and...

Claas Axion 800 series tractors, 2006-2013

At the launch of the Axion 800 tractor series in late-2006, much was made of the fact that these models were the first to be developed by Claas as opposed to being heavily dependent on the Renault...