Grease keeps the wheels of agriculture turning – probably for longer than we realise.
John Deere used Agritechnica 15 to showcase a silver medal-winning system called E-Z Ballast. It uses a 1.7 tonne weight fitted to the underside of the tractor chassis. The system is said to be easily attached or removed from the driver's seat. In operation it does not compete with the linkage for space and helps optimise weight distribution for increased productivity.
Frontloader specialist Stoll has developed a semi-automatic system to enable easy programming of two preferred heights of operation. Called Boom Kick-Out, and available on the Profi-line range of loaders, it allows the operator to select a lower position, typically for loading, and a higher one for filling trailers or feeder/mixer wagons. Benefits include reductions in loading cycles, fuel consumption and wear and tear.
McCormick is about to launch the new X8 series comprising three models -- 264, 286 and 310hp. Using Beta Power engines sourced from FPT and mated to a ZF sourced CVT transmission, rear lift capacity is said to be 12 tonnes. A new cabin design completes the package.
Toyota luxury arm Lexus has unveiled a visionary concept that for a high output fuel cell system that would drive the car's rear wheels and send power to a pair of in-wheel motors at the front. The unique layout allows precise torque distribution between front and rear, giving exceptional handling and stability.
Krone has released its ActiveMow mower range, with some models at smaller working widths but featuring specifications from higher-end units including the flagship Big M self-propelled machine. SmartCut, SafeCut, cutter bar protection and a large headstock combine for best mowing performance, and a vertical storage design saves space in the machinery shed. Working widths are 2.05-3.61m.
Cultivation and drilling specialist Great Plains has unveiled its new Saxon range of cultivator drills. They come in working widths of 3 and 4m and suit minimal disturbance situations. The drill is dual purpose: it can plant directly into a no-till seedbed with heavy trash residues, or work in a plough-based system needing extra cultivation before drilling. The key to this is a turbo coulter that can be exchanged for the angled, notched cultivation discs found on the company's Centurion machine -- as conditions dictate. Seed delivery, placement and consolidation remain common across both ranges.