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Novel solution to keep mud off the road

Novel solution to keep mud off the road
Mud on public roads is a serious issue during late-season harvesting and is fast becoming outlawed in Europe and the UK. The need to ensure it stays in the field has resulted in some interesting

Robot hoe on sale early next year

Robot hoe on sale early next year
Powered by quiet-running electric motors, the laser, camera and GPS-guided prototype of the French-made Anatis robot enjoyed a great deal of attention at last week’s French SIMA show. Automatically

Work continues on methane-powered tractor

Work continues on methane-powered tractor
New Holland continues to develop its methane-powered tractor and brought the second generation prototype to SIMA 2015, in Paris last week. Flagged up as a working tractor, and 100% methane powered,

Indian tractor maker amasses 12.5% stake in AGCO

Indian tractor maker amasses 12.5% stake in AGCO
Large insider buys are fairly common at publicly traded companies, but it is rare for a game-changing accumulation to occur quickly. This is exactly what has happened at AGCO (parent company of MF,

Claas invests in state-of-the-art tractor test benches

Claas invests in state-of-the-art tractor test benches
Claas has installed two new test-benches at its Testing and Validation Centre in Trangé, France, close to the tractor factory in Le Mans. Supporting the two existing test-benches at the company’s

New Deutz-Fahr tractor plant ready in 2016

New Deutz-Fahr tractor plant ready in 2016
First announced at Agritechnica 2013, building work has started to re-develop the Deutz-Fahr tractor plant at Lauingen, in Bavaria, which when finished will allow the facility to make as many as 8,000

Machinery Tests

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...

Tractor test: Claas Arion 650 Cebis

Yes, the Arion may still use a DPS motor, Carraro front axle and GIMA back-end, but today’s Claas tractor has moved away from the mould created by Renault Agriculture, the French company that Claas...

Used machinery Tests

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...

Manitou MLT 735-120 telescopic handlers

When Manitou launched the 3,500kg capacity MLT 735-120 in 2006, the handler sat below the MLT 741-120. Rated at 4,100kg, the higher capacity unit is essentially the same, bar larger lift/tilt rams and...