New Holland were among the prize winners at Agritechnica 2015. Their brand new T7.315 tractor was crowned the winner in the L category of the “Machine of the Year” 2016 awards.
The T7.315 is one of two new heavy-duty models that extend the T7 Series to meet the needs of farming operations requiring the power of a large-frame tractor with the versatility and agility of a small frame machine.
This is an area which many manufacturers seem to be launching into in recent weeks. The T7.315 and its smaller range companion, T7.290 were part of the New Holland unveiling at their Agritechnica stand two weeks ago.
Also unveiled were the new generation CX series combine and the new FR Forage Cruiser self propelled forage harvester.
The CX range has been expanded with the new CX8.85 450hp six-strawwalker model with a 12,500 litre grain tank.
At the top of the range, the flagship CX8.90 is the highest capacity conventional combine in the world.
The Harvest Suite Ultra cab is new to the CX Series.
New Holland declared that it is the result of extensive customer consultation. It provides a spacious, comfortable and quiet working environment.
The overall size of the wide cab has been increased to 3.7 m³.
The new harvesting console has been designed for the operators ease of use.
The series shares the CommandGrip multifunction handle with the CR rotary combine range and the brands higher horsepower tractors.
A 10.5 inch IntelliView IV colour touchscreen monitor is mounted on rollers so that it can be positioned just as the operator wants it.
An optional second screen is perfect for IntelliSteer auto guidance and for displaying views from up to six cameras, one of which is pre-wired to assist with reversing.
The CX Series combines feature sectional concaves that make switching between different crops quick and easy: it takes just under 20 minutes to do, as opposed to the traditional six hours.
The CX8.85 and CX8.90 combine’s 12,500 litre grain tank capacity is the largest on the market and with folding covers can be securely covered in the evening to prevent moisture entering the tank and it can be opened and closed from the operator’s seat, thus maximising productivity.
Unloading speed has increased by 14% which means even the 12,500 litre grain tank can still be emptied in under 2 minutes thanks to a 125 litre/second unloading speed.
The new FR Forage Cruiser self-propelled forage harvesters claims some great boasts.
New Holland claim they deliver consistently high chop quality and industry-leading crop processing efficiency.
The five model line-up is available with horsepower ranging from 476 to 775 and the top model retaining the 20.1 litre 824hp engine.
The new FR Forage Cruiser further improves on the spout.
Already the widest, easiest to access in the industry, the spout now features full-length replaceable top and side liners, a new hard-faced flipper, stronger flipper cylinder and improved spout base lubrication.
Efficiency can be further increased by automating trailer filling with the award-winning Intellifil spout guidance system: it guides the crop accurately into the trailer whatever the weather conditions, time of day or type of trailer.
The flagship cab of the new harvester provides exceptional 360-degree panoramic visibility, with curved windows offering a great view of the header and spout, whatever its position.
The new Deluxe air-suspended seat features automatic weight adjustment and variable shock absorption.
The CommandGrip multi-function lever and the IntelliView IV monitor are also fitted for operator ease of use.
Back to the new T7.290 and award winning T7.315 tractors. The two brand new models were launched at Agritechnica.
Last weekend they had their Irish dealer and customer launch at New Hollands Basildon manufacturing facility in the UK.
These new models feature New Holland’s revolutionary IntelliCruise tractor-baler automation that allows the New Holland BigBaler to control the tractor’s speed according to changes in the windrow to maximise productivity and bale consistency.
The T7.290 has a max power of 290hp while the T7.315 has a max power of 313hp.
These new T7 series models also feature New Holland’s award-winning Auto Command continuously variable transmission (CVT) with four direct drive points with 100% mechanical efficiency.
A four speed rear PTO and a two speed front PTO allow the engine to be operated as efficiently as possible.
James Ashworth, New Holland’s UK and ROI marketing manager, who opened the Heavy Metal themed Irish dealer launch event, said: “We’re incredibly proud to present these new models to our customers and dealers.
"Our customers have been asking for more power on the T7 range, and now we’ve delivered it.”
The increased size and weight of machinery are causing problems with soil compaction and displacement across Irish farms.
One of the main culprits is the slurry spreader due to its use in the shoulder periods of the year.
Joskin put four in-a-row
Joskin has added a new model to their unique Tetrax2 range. The Tetrax2 16000S has four parallel wheels and has a 16,400 litre capacity.
This novelty idea on a large machine attempts to solve this problem.
It is designed on the same principle as the other models of the range: the 4 wheels of the same size in a row allow to uniformly distribute most of the weight of the vehicle on the ground. In this way, ground compaction is avoided and its structure is respected.
One of the advantages of the new model is that it can be fitted with 650/85R38 wheels, i.e. with a diameter of 2,070mm, which Joskin claim makes the traction easier and increases the contact surface to the ground, allowing in this way to distribute the vehicle weight on an even wider surface.
It means the height of the vehicle can remain low and stability improved, says the company, thanks to the 3,230mm total width of tyres.
A gap of 650mm between each tyre avoids friction between the sidewalls even with the vehicle fully loaded and the tyres bulging.
They are mounted two by two on the running gear. Each pair of wheels is fastened to the integral craddle of the tank by a central axis (and this without sub-frame) and is fitted with a horizontal swinging movement so as to adapt to ground unevenness.
Despite its high capacity, it still remains compact and easy to manoeuvre.
This is also made possible by the standard drawbar with suspension, which further increases the vehicle compactness.
As an option, they fitted it with a vacuum pump with a flow up to 25,000l of air/min or a lobe pump with a capacity up to 8,000l slurry/min.
They both allow to reduce the down time when filling at the edge of a field or to spread in faster way.
These tankers can be fitted with all varieties of the company’s injectors or with spreading booms, such as the multi-nozzle or line spreading ones.