Blaney Motor Company in Northern Ireland launches wheel loaders

Blaney Motor Company launched two new wheel loader concepts on its stand at Balmoral Show last month.

Blaney Motor Company in Northern Ireland launches wheel loaders

These represent a new departure in the growing Blaney Group operations headed by Sean Blaney and based in Northern Ireland.

The company is striving ahead with a full range of these loaders designed for the agricultural and construction industries, ahead of a full product launch later this year.

The theme running throughout the new range of Blaney telescopic loaders and wheel loaders is that they are designed to be compact, weighing under 3.5 tonnes, and small enough to transport from site to site on a small trailer.

Launched on the Blaney stand was the TH1 15-48, a compact tele-handler with a lifting capacity of 1.5 tonnes and a reach of 4.8m. It is powered by a 50-horse power engine and uses a hydrostatic transmission with a four-wheel drive lockable differential if required.

The second concept to be launched at the show was the L1 10-27, which is a compact wheel loader with a lifting capacity of one tonne and a reach of 2.7m.

The engine in this is rated 40hp, and the unit has hydrostatic transmission with four-wheel drive limited slip differential. The team at Blaney Motor Company will now sit down to fine tune their creations in time for the product launch.

Sean Blaney said: “It’s very clear today that many of the big agricultural companies out there just keep on buying smaller businesses, and this is harmful, as it closes doors, and sees many people lose their jobs.

"We are progressing forwards with our own strong brands and are committed to making our business work in Northern Ireland. Our goal is to offer machines that will appeal to a wide range of end users.”

Dealer Development Manager Alison Duncan is excited by the opportunities these new machines offer the industry.

She says, “We have identified a number of requirements from operators in the construction, agricultural, landscaping, and plant hire industries. These requirements centre around a range of smaller wheel loaders that are compact yet powerful, efficient and reliable.

"The machines we wish to develop will have specific focus on the under two tonnes lift capacity.”

Over the next few months the Blaney Motor team are keen to discuss the concepts with end users to further tailor the machines.

Blaney Motor Company will also be looking to develop a network of dealers to represent the brand and a growing range of vehicles in the near future.

Another major acquisition by Kubota Group

The Kubota Group have made another bold buyout of a machinery manufacturer.

An agreement has been completed which sees Kubota acquire the US-based Great Plains Manufacturing.

This follows the 2012 buyout of Norwegian manufacturer, Kverneland Group.

Great Plains are best known on this side of the pond for their 2010 purchase of English based Simba International.

Kubota will now control their Lincolnshire, England based factory and Kansas, US based operations.

While the purchase includes all five divisions of Great Plains — Great Plains Ag, Land Pride, Great Plains International, Great Plains Trucking, and Great Plains Acceptance Corporation — in Ireland, it will be the union of Kverneland and the cultivating and drill divisions that will be of most interest.

Kubota has previously worked closely with Land Pride to provide implements to Kubota dealers and customers across the US and Canada.

“This acquisition aligns with our long-term strategic vision to continue our market expansion and provide high-quality products and comprehensive solutions for our customers,” said Masato Yoshikawa, president and CEO of Kubota Tractor Corporation.

“Great Plains and Kubota share a common set of values in that we both were founded four decades ago on a reputation for quality, innovation and engineering excellence. We believe these synergies will continue to add value for our dealers and our customers for many years to come.”

As well as the Kverneland Group and Great Plains purchase, Kubota invested in a new factory in Dunkerque, France which opened over six months ago.

The French factory builds the M7 tractor range designed specifically for European farmers. These are within the 130hp to 170hp power bracket.

Kverneland launch semi-mounted plough series

Kverneland were also in the news recently, launching an all-new semi-mounted plough series called the PN/RN 100, available in eight and nine-furrow builds.

Filling a gap in their range between the fully-mounted EO/LO seven-furrow and the flagship semi-mounted PW/RW from seven to 12 furrows, the new plough delivers the convenience of a smaller plough in a high-output package.

“This new plough has been developed for customers with 200-400hp tractors on wheels or tracks, who frequently swap between ploughing and cultivating,” Kverneland Group plough specialist Adam Burt said.

“Those customers want to change implements quickly and easily, so it’s more important to them to have a high-output plough that’s mechanically simple to set-up and use,” he said.

“Those customers also want the flexibility to use the plough on more than one tractor, and not be tied to one specific tractor for all the farm’s ploughing. The PN/RN 100 is that plough.”

“All it needs is three double-acting spool valves to operate. Couple up, adjust the offset and front furrow, and away you go. It’s that simple.”

Its bodies are protected by shear-bolt on RN 100 models, and auto-reset mechanism on PN 100 versions. The latter uses Kverneland’s proven multi-leaf spring design that allows non-stop ploughing.

Of heavy-duty construction, the PN/RN 100 uses a 200mm x 200mm main beam, and comes with a generous 80cm of underbeam clearance and 100cm of inter-body clearance.

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