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Tractor test

In December 2014

Case IH Farmall 115 U Pro

Born and bred in Austria

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 extra goodies aimed at tempting owners into the Case IH camp. We test the top dog in the three-model range, the 84kW/114hp Farmall 115U Pro

Practical test

In December 2014

Maschio drill combo

Almost Perfect(a)

Back in 2012 Maschio came up with its Perfecta double-disc coulters and associated parallelogram suspension. We explore the system on a 3m combo drill, which teams a Maschio Alitalia 300 air seeder — manufactured by Gaspardo but sold under the Maschio banner in the UK — with a Maschio Orso 3000 power harrow

Almost Perfect(a)

Maschio drill combo

Back in 2012 Maschio came up with its Perfecta double-disc coulters and associated parallelogram suspension. We explore the system on a 3m combo drill, which teams a Maschio Alitalia 300 air seeder — manufactured by Gaspardo but sold under the Maschio banner in the UK — with a Maschio Orso 3000 power harrow

Driving impression

In December 2014

Valtra T234 Versu tractor

New generation

We’ve been lucky enough to get an exclusive opportunity to test-drive the flagship model in Valtra’s new six-cylinder T-series line. With behind the scenes access to the development of the new range over the past year, these are our first impressions

Merlo Turbo Farmer II TF38.10 CS-120 telehandler

Clever chap

Cab suspension, auto-throttle response, cruise control, integrated weigh cells and not forgetting the ability to pin open the full cab door — all of these features help the latest generation Turbo Farmer to stand out from the rest of the telehandler crowd. But there’s much more to the new Merlo models, as we find out

Horsch Leeb 7GS sprayer

Stainless steel comes at a price

Horsch Leeb’s GS series trailed sprayers recently underwent an update that brought the design into line with the existing range-topping GS8000. We took the new 7GS with 7,000-litre stainless steel tank and 27m booms to the field — to get a feel for how it performs

Lemken Rubin 12/600 KUA disc/press cultivator

Large disc to go deep

Last season Lemken was showing UK farmers a pre-production example of its big-disc Rubin 12, and we managed to spend time with the 6.0m version to see what all the fuss was about. Key feature is the increased working depth, and probably of equal significance is the interlocking ring packer that encourages better germination of the dreaded blackgrass

Livestock equipment

In December 2014

Shropshire robot user revisited

No robotic regrets

Eight years ago we visited a Shropshire farm to discover why the decision had been made to restart the farm’s milking activities on a new site after a break of three years. A revisit this year takes a look at what has been achieved, what changes have needed to be made and what the future may hold

Used machinery

In December 2014

Dowdeswell DP7 reversible ploughs

Forever green

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 then the successor hydraulic or manual vari-width DF140, produced between 1992-2004 and 2000-2009 respectively. But such was the popularity of the DP7 it didn’t quite happen that way, sales only tailing

Workshop

In December 2014

Troubleshooting air suspension seats

Off the air… 

When air-sprung seats stop working properly it is usually just a minor component that has failed. The compressor or bellows are rarely the cause of a malfunction. We took a trip to the engineering department at Grammer, to ask for expert guidance on how to blow fresh air into a worn seat

From the workshop

Simple solutions to perennial problems

Finding a bit more out-of-cab storage space on a John Deere tractor and creating a one-pass raking/baling rig are two of the items in this month’s Simple Solutions, compiled by resident tipster, Mike Donovan

Machine management

In December 2014

Bio-energy logistics get specialised

Keep it lean

With more anaerobic digesters popping up across the UK, farmers are looking at methods of improving logistics. Among the array of specialist gear operated by Suffolk Produce is a pair of Fliegl push-off trailers, used to transfer crop into trucks

Around the world

In December 2014

Progator takes to the hills/Safety first with Safetyweight/Deere to up the power/Vermeer names its next generation of leadership

Report

In December 2014

Contractor price guide 2014

UK contractor charges

This is the National Association of Agricultural Contractors’ (www.naac.co.uk) charge guide, based on info supplied by its members this spring. The figures are only a guide and assume a red diesel price of 70p/litre. Prices will vary according to UK region, size of job, type of equipment used etc

Whatever happened to — the Krone self-propelled baler/wrapper

Self-propelled no-go

Over 10 years ago Krone was already winning customers with its self-propelled mower and pushing its fledgling forager range. Next, the German manufacturer started to look at other products that could benefit from the self-propelled treatment...

Speedploughing

Ploughing at pace

Of all the farm machinery video clips on the internet — and there’s plenty of them — those featuring the sport of speedploughing must rank right up there amongst the most bizarre. Our appetite thoroughly whetted, we decided to track down some of the pastime’s protagonists and eventually happened upon a bunch of crazy Swedes

Ploughing at pace

Speedploughing

Of all the farm machinery video clips on the internet — and there’s plenty of them — those featuring the sport of speedploughing must rank right up there amongst the most bizarre. Our appetite thoroughly whetted, we decided to track down some of the pastime’s protagonists and eventually happened upon a bunch of crazy Swedes

Technical

In December 2014

Development of the new Valtra T-series

From drawing board to field

It’s very rare that a magazine is invited to chart the development of a new or radically revamped tractor range, from the birth of the project through to product launch. So when Finnish manufacturer Valtra offered us the opportunity to follow the redesign of the T-series, we grabbed it with both mitts

Vehicles

In December 2014

Audi A6 Allroad vs Volvo XC70

Big estates for big estates

A return upmarket this month as we compare five-seat, all-wheel-drive estates from Audi and Volvo. One floats like a butterfly, the other stings like a bee…

Under the hammer

In December 2014

Moyses Bank Farms sale

Mint Cambridgeshire kit makes top money

Moyses Bank Farms implemented a one-machine/one-driver policy. This meant its kit was kept in tip-top condition and gave sale-goers a rare opportunity to invest in some clean used tackle

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