Interesting debutants at Lamma 2016 show

Lamma 2016 was held three weeks ago, and record crowds browsed through more than 850 stands displaying machinery, crop protection equipment and supplies, plus a wide range of associated farming trade stands.

There was a respite from the wet and windy weather for the two days of the event.

The visitors who braved the winter chill witnessed many new machine debuts.

Some of these were product launches, while others were released in 2015, and made their debut show appearances.

Grain trailer

Co Armagh-based NC Engineering launched a new NC grain trailer — new at least on top of the robust chassis and reliable running gear that these northern manufacturers have built their reputation on, and which remain in place on the new model.

One of the key advantages with this redesigned trailer is the overall weight.

It is up to a ton lighter than the previous equivalent model.

This is due to it being manufactured from a combination of high tensile steels, and its 3mm Hardox steel floor.

NC Engineering claim that, despite its lightweight construction, it is 10% stronger than before.

Visually, it is a far more modern design.

The traditional square profile is replaced with curved profile steel.

The semi half-pipe design could be criticised for losing capacity; however, it is claimed that the loss of capacity low down is compensated by the bulge design in the middle of the body.

The traditional square profile trailer, known as slab-sided design, will continue to be manufactured, and the new design is expect to come to the market at a similar price.

The trailer shown was a 2050-16, which refers to its length, at 20 feet long, its height at five feet high, and its carrying capacity of 16 tonnes.

The display model included dual air/hydraulic brakes with load sensing. It had a sprung drawbar and hydraulic tailgate.

It was completed with a striking grey one-piece silage extension.

It was running on a set of 560/60 22.5 wheels.

Four-point linkage

McConnel launched a new flail head and an innovative four-point linkage.

The new Tuffcut flail head’s lug design is claimed to be 65% stronger, with a larger diameter rotor that’s up to 75% stiffer.

It is created for durability and strength to withstand the busy workloads of professional contractors.

TuffCut is available in 1.2 metre and 1.6 metre working widths and is compatible with a wide selection of McConnel flails.

Maintenance has been made quick and easy with a new one-tool replacement of flails.

A new hydraulic front hood features a larger ingress. This facilitates a better flow of material through the rotor and makes it ideal for tackling even mature, strong hedges.

The new flailhead is available on McConnel’s flagship 85-series Power Arms.

Their second launch was the new four-point hitch stabiliser. This is the new mounting system for the Power Arms range.

The new system uses traditional three-point linkage mounting, but also connects to the tractor’s pick-up hitch for an extra axis of stability.

The mounting system is easy to fit; is compatible with any mounted tractor with a pick-up hitch; and does not require any additional tractor brackets.

The 4-point stabiliser kit adds to a range of McConnel mounting options that already includes three-point linkage and five-point axle mounting.

It can be retro-fitted and is available now for McConnel’s 55-series, 60-series, 65-series, and 70-series Power Arms.

Telehandlers

Bobcat showed their new TL358+ Agri and TL470HF Agri telehandlers for the first time at LAMMA 2016.

The new 6-metre and 7-metre telehandlers are premium versions targeted by the company at the agricultural market.

In designing for this market, Bobcat strives to achieve a machine that is capable of operating in very confined spaces and safely, at great speed.

Both models are powered by a Deutz TCD3.6 L4 Stage IIIB diesel engine.

The TL358+ Agri telehandler produces 74.4 kW (100 HP) of power at 2300 rpm, while the TL470HF Agri delivers 89.5 kW at 2200 rpm.

The smaller model has the maximum lift capacity of 3.0 tonnes, and the maximum lift height is 5.88 metres.

The larger machine has a maximum lift capacity of 3.5 tonnes, a maximum forward reach of 4002 mm, and the lift capacity at full reach is 1,500 kg.

The TL358+ Agri width of only 2.1 m, compared to 2.3 m of the larger model, makes it a very compact telehandler.

A 40 km/h transmission and 24 inch tyres are featured as standard on both models.

Some of the standard features include a Sears high comfort air suspension seat and premium cab finish with deluxe steering wheel, and armrest; a lockable fuel cap; a trailer brake valve; a cyclonic air pre-filter; a drawbar coupler tow hitch, front tow hitch and rear electric socket; back-up alarm; work light on the boom; rear mirror; a loudspeaker, and radio-ready configuration.

No PTO required

Bomford Turner launched an all new 4-metre folding Dynadrive.

The new concept hinge-in-the-middle folding version was launched at Lamma 2016.

Dynadrive’s principal workings remain unchanged; a ground-driven front rotor lifts the soil, and this, in turn, drives the soil-conditioning rear rotor at three times the front rotor’s speed, via a Duplex chain.

The concept requires no PTO, as it is ground driven, and has options of a crumble or packer roller.

The 4m folding Dynadrive is the first in a planned four-metre plus folding range, with a 6m version already planned to join the market later in 2016.

The 6-metre will be the largest in the Bomford Turner Dynadrive range, as the original rigid versions are currently marketed up to five metres wide.


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