Irish farmers will be among the first in Europe to view the new Case IH Maxxum range.
The Stage IV emissions-compliant line appears at next week’s National Ploughing.
The new machines will not be shown in the UK until LAMMA 2017 in January.
The series comprises four models with four-cylinder engines, rated at 115 to 145hp.
The top of the line is a six-cylinder alternative, the Maxxum 150 and Maxxum 150 MC, which also produces 145hp.
“This is a power bracket that’s particularly popular among Irish farmers and contractors,” says Case IH Maxxum product specialist Ross Macdonald.
“The new Maxxum models have been upgraded in a number of areas to suit this market, with features including enhanced front suspension to improve field and road ride, an exhaust brake to make hill descents safer, revised spool valve layout for quicker, easier coupling, and a redesigned loader frame to make attaching and detaching easier.”
In addition to the new Maxxum, Case IH will also be showing the “outgoing” range’s Maxxum 110, with a special end-of-line offer, and a model of the “outgoing” Farmall U Pro range, subject to a similar offer as it makes way for the new Case IH Luxxum.
Other machines on the stand include an Optum CVX 300, a Puma CVX 240 and a Puma CVX 175, a Farmall 105C and a Farmall 105A.
Major’s double 40th
Mayo manufacturer, Major Equipment, will attend the Ploughing Championships next week for the 40th time, while celebrating its 40th year in business.
To mark the double anniversary, it will have a special edition 2600LGP ruby tanker on the stand.
It will also launch the 3.5m Cyclone Mower, shortlisted for the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena.
Alma Jordan from AgriKids will be on the Major stand, to help highlight farm safety.
Alma is the author of a beautiful range of story books on farm safety to engage, educate and empower children to be farm safety ambassadors.
“We get many farming families visiting our stand during the show, so hopefully by reading these stories, they will go home with Alma’s safety message in their minds.
“If it prevents the heartache and tragedy of a farm injury or fatality landing at someone’s door, we’ll be happy,” said John Murphy, managing director at Major Equipment.
Hedgecutting launches at Ploughing
The Ploughing Championships will see three manufacturers in the hedge cutting sector launch new products and concepts.
Spearhead Machinery is at the event alongside its newly created Spearhead Ireland dealer network. They will present a new hedgecutting concept, the HC130 and HC160 rotary heads.
Improved cutting results, less debris and improved efficiency for professional operators are claimed for these hedge cutting and shredding machines.
Eighteen special hardened blades mounted on three rotors are designed for exemplary finish in material up to 40mm thick.
The group’s best-selling Twiga Mid series reach mower, and the popular Multicut 300, will also be exhibited.
Staying in the hedgcutting area, Blaney Agri will be showcasing its Irish-built hedgecutter range, and unveiling a new hedge trimmer.
Its hedge cutters are available in compact, agri, agri pro, and contractor ranges.
Farmec will showcase the new Twose TP 6750T hedge cutter at Tullamore.
It is a heavy-duty model with 6.75m reach, telescopic outer arm, parallel arm linkage and fully independent hydraulic system with high- power cast iron pumps and motors.
Fendt 1000 Irish debut
The Fendt 1000 Series makes its Irish debut at the Ploughing Championships.
This high horsepower range will be one of the highlights for machinery lovers at the Tullamore event.
The four-model range spans 380hp to 500hp, powered by compact MAN six-cylinder engines.
Sean Gorman, Area Sales Manager for Fendt, explains the extent to which the benchmark for high horse power (400hp-plus) wheeled tractors has been raised by the 1000.
“Firstly, take the engines. Developed using Fendt ID technology, they enable the tractor to achieve maximum torque at low revs, between 1100 and 1500 rpm, considerably less than other tractors in this power bracket. This, in turn, results in a highly fuel-efficient machine.”
Performance is aided by the Concentric air/cooling system, which Fendt claims makes the 1000 Series 75% more efficient than tractors with standard cooling.
The independently driven front and rear axles perform without driver intervention, increasing traction in all conditions.
While the front tyres are specified 710 60R38 — a popular choice for the rear axle of many 200hp tractors — the rear tyres are 900 65R46, specially designed for the Fendt 1000 Series.
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