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In February 2016

Case IH Puma 175 CVX

More power, less grumble

Last year we had a walk around the new generation Puma to see what Case IH’s engineers had been up to. Our conclusion: while the Stage IV engine may have determined the deadline for rolling out the new models, the biggest difference for operators will be the much improved accommodation

Practical test

In February 2016

BvL V-Mix Plus 13 1-S diet feeder

Mixing it with the big boys

Diet feeder maker Bernard van Lengerich will be better known on these shores as BvL and is a company that produces a sizeable selection of sizes with an almost endless list of configurations. Its most popular single-auger model is the featured V-Mix Plus 13 1-S

Grimme GL 430 vs GB 430 — Part I

Spuds served two ways

Potato growers love cup-fed planters. But belt-based designs claim higher working speeds and more gentle tuber handling, so which is best for you? This two-part article compares a brace of four-row Grimme models, both built with larger-scale operations in mind

Driving impression

In February 2016

Fendt 1050 Vario tractor

Feeding of the 1000

No miracle, granted. Yet Fendt has still managed to conjure something rather special out of its design department’s hat. The firm’s flagship 1050 model boasts a 500hp engine, 14t kerb weight and 2.35m tall wheels, all within a conventionally configured tractor package. Abracadabra … and then some

Tuchel brush scraper attachment

Swept away

Rotary brush maker Tuchel is introducing a scraper attachment for its sweepers. The logic is that scraping compacted mud off the road will result in a better clean-up operation in just one pass than relying on the bristles to do all the work

New Holland CX8.80 combine

Walker steps up

New Holland has revised its higher end CX combines for the 2016 harvest. There were a couple of demo machines floating about last season, allowing us to catch up with one munching its way through a crop of winter wheat

Köckerling Vitu drill

Joining the herd

When it comes to building seed drills Köckerling has resolutely stuck with tines — Ultima, Jockey etc. Now, though, the firm has added a disc drill to its seeder family. A ‘me too’ product, or is there something special about the Vitu?

Väderstad Opus 600 tine cultivator

Tine after tine

Väderstad concedes the TopDown remains its mass-market cultivator. Those who prefer a tine-dominated machine, however, will be happy to see the arrival of more Opus models for the coming season, including this 5.75m 600

Feeding of the 1000

Fendt 1050 Vario tractor

No miracle, granted. Yet Fendt has still managed to conjure something rather special out of its design department’s hat. The firm’s flagship 1050 model boasts a 500hp engine, 14t kerb weight and 2.35m tall wheels, all within a conventionally configured tractor package. Abracadabra … and then some

Tine after tine

Väderstad Opus 600 tine cultivator

Väderstad concedes the TopDown remains its mass-market cultivator. Those who prefer a tine-dominated machine, however, will be happy to see the arrival of more Opus models for the coming season, including this 5.75m 600

Joining the herd

Köckerling Vitu drill

When it comes to building seed drills Köckerling has resolutely stuck with tines — Ultima, Jockey etc. Now, though, the firm has added a disc drill to its seeder family. A ‘me too’ product, or is there something special about the Vitu?

Livestock equipment

In February 2016

Beef cattle move on to slats with mats

Mats on slats

Installing rubber mats over concrete slats may seem a luxury for beef cattle. But Warwickshire farmer Adam Quinney can quantify the benefits

Used machinery

In February 2016

Amazone UF 1501 and UF 1801 mounted sprayers

Brush up on spec knowledge to secure the right buy

Arguably the biggest hurdle facing buyers of a used sprayer has shifted from condition and the ability to do the job to ensuring you secure a machine with the right specification. Amazone mounted UF 1501 and UF 1801 sprayers became available in the UK from 2004, but the spec of the earliest machines will differ from a more recent model. So, what should you look for on your prospective unit?

Workshop

In February 2016

Replacing levelling disc bearings and axles

Too much grease!

The bearings on the Lemken Terradisc (latterly Smaragd 9) levelling discs need regular attention, but, should you fail to do the necessary, this article will certainly come in useful. Here we look at how to replace a dead bearing and weld a new hub pin in place

Tyres: Removal and refitting Part III: Trailer/implement tyres

Going solo

For the third and final part in this series on safe working with agricultural tyres, B A Bush tyre fitter Mervyn Gorman shows how to change a tyre on a loose trailer or implement wheel — with the minimum of effort and risk

Machine management

In February 2016

Keeping things in house

DIY farming in the Fens

Low commodity prices and high rents pose a challenge to any family farm, even for those in the fertile fens of eastern England. A policy of keeping all operations in house and a judicious sharing of equipment are key elements in allowing a third generation of tenant farmers to keep smiling

Around the world

In February 2016
Improving yields with drainage Agritechnica machines head for Oz John Deere makes bold moves in planter market Maintenance is only 2.3% of hourly tractor costs

Report

In February 2016

Planting eight rows of spuds in a single pass

Monster planter

The Dutch Koolen family is among the first users of a massive eight-row spud planter that combines several operations in a single pass. Up front the big planter requires a similarly big tug, yet one with a light footprint

Balkrishna Industries Ltd (BKT)

Taking on the big boys

India-based, off-highway tyre maker BKT has ambitious plans, including growing its global market share from 6% to 10% by 2017-2018. It’s a tall order but one that’s definitely achievable, according to majority shareholder, the Poddar family

Technical

In February 2016

Threshing systems compared

Loss leaders

Many different things decide combine output and losses. On straw walker machines the walkers are key, while on rotaries it’s usually engine power. How come? We show why this is and look at how to manage these two alternative harvesting systems

Vehicles

In February 2016

BMW X3 vs Land Rover Discovery Sport

Fast Fours

Seems like only yesterday that we compared luxury off-roaders from the very top end of the 4x4 market. Today the crosshairs slide down into the middle ground …

Under the hammer

In February 2016

Halls Shrewsbury collective sale

Large crowd, good prices

Machinery sold well at December’s machinery collective at the Halls auction ground in Shrewsbury. Higher-value tractors, however, proved more of a struggle, with a number not reaching their reserve

In February 2016

Contractor price guide 2016

UK contractor charges

This is the National Association of Agricultural Contractors’ (www.naac.co.uk) charge guide, based on info supplied by its members last spring. The figures are only a guide and assume a red diesel price of 60p/litre. Prices will vary according to UK region, size of job, type of equipment used etc

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