Former All Black Tony Woodcock tries out the new King Quad.

Suzuki, a key player in the quad market and the first to bring out a four-wheel machine (Quadrunner) in 1983, has pulled the wraps off its 2019 range-topping King Quad 750AXI 4x4.

Gasket sealant in a bottle

An easy-to-use solution in a bottle is said to cure engine ills such as blown head gaskets, cracked cylinder heads or blocks and porous castings in minutes.

 
AirPro adds choice

Aitchison AirPro zero-tillage seed drills have a loyal following, with the 4.8 and 6.0m units forming the backbone of sales for ten years.

 
TeleSkid from JCB

Already seen 12 months ago in a wheeled version, JCB’s tracked version of its TeleSkid, the 3TS-8T, runs on 450mm wide belts at speeds up to 12.6km/h.

BKT and its NZ distributor TRS Tyre and Wheel donated 4000 BKT-branded rugby and soccer balls to Hospice Waikato. 

Tyre maker BKT and its NZ distributor TRS Tyre and Wheel again ran their Balls for Charity fundraiser at Fieldays. 

 
The new VMS300 stimulates better milk flow.

Global milk harvesting specialist DeLaval, well known for robotic milking, says it has raised the bar with its recently launched voluntary milking system (VMS) — the VMS300. 

Farmall shines light on fire safety

Spotted at Fieldays, and following a theme first seen in the New Holland ‘police’ tractor, Case IH New Zealand has unveiled a special edition ‘fire’ tractor as part of a partnership with Fire and Emergency NZ. 

New Holland’s T7 Series has been updated.

New Holland Agriculture is updating the T7 long wheel base with a new suspended front axle designed to ease the operator’s life while driving at high speed. 

SIP’s expot sales manager Sebastjan Bogotaj at this year’s Fieldays.

Flying the flag at Fieldays via its New Zealand distributor Webbline and export sales manager Sebastjan Bogataj, the machinery manufacturer SIP — the largest in Slovenia — was a relatively unknown name, but it showed a wide range of products.

Challenger’s next-generation MT700 Series track tractors are said to deliver more performance, ride comfort and operating efficiency.

Challenger has unveiled the next-generation MT700 Series track tractors, said to deliver more performance, ride comfort, operating efficiency and onboard intelligence to maximise productivity and profitability.

James Stewart with his company’s Pro-Series trailer at Fieldays.

It's apparent that New Zealand farmers and contractors accept the benefits of high-spec, tractor-drawn tipping trailers: a wide range of brands were on display at Fieldays.

Good hoof health in dairy herds can raise yield by $500 per animal per lactation but an appropriate cattle crush is required to keep the animal and the technician safe.

Valtra has won a major international design award for its tractor SmartTouch armrest and interface between operator and machine.

Modern cab tractors don’t always lend themselves to the age-old method of pulling ropes to release transport or folding functions on mounted or trailed implements.

Utilisation of available grass, a key to New Zealand’s dairying success, is known to result in lower costs of production.

Giltrap engineering, a family business in Otorohanga, has bought the Timaru company Clough Agriculture, best known as Duncan Ag. 

Australian motor industry reps have quit a national quad safety panel in protest at standards proposed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

In the northern hemisphere, John Deere has released details of its new R4050i self-propelled sprayer, with a new PowrSpray control system, a larger 5000L tank and an “ultra-lightweight but extremely strong” carbon-fibre boom.

 

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