The 34th Lamma show took place in January at the East of England Showground in Peterborough. David Williams reports.
The 34th Lamma show took place during mid-January at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, its second year at the venue since moving from Newark. Many new products were being displayed for the first time in the UK at the two-day event. David Williams reports.Following severe traffic problems at the 2014 event, organisers were keen to see traffic management improved and their actions seem to have been successful with reduced queuing from the main roads.Heavy rain preceding and during last year’s event created problems for exhibitors and visitors and this year many stand holders had invested in flooring for their exhibition areas to avoid a repeat of that situation. Many more exhibitors also had tents, with heating to encourage visitors to stay longer and discuss the latest innovations.Many exhibitors felt footfall was down on last year, but figures based on a head count by organisers confirmed that attendance was almost identical at more than 40,000.It has already been confirmed that next year’s event will be at the same location and entry to visitors, and their vehicles, will again be free of charge.
McHale reported continued interest in its straw bedders and feeders. The range, introduced in 2011, includes three models; the C460 standard version which can take up to two round bales, the C360 linkage-mounted version and an extended C460 to accommodate large square bales. Sales manager Mike Walsh explained that features such as its wide-angle PTO, road legal specification and specially designed drive system incorporating a clutch which allows the flywheel to reach working speed before the chopper is engaged mean it performs well, and has proved very popular. “It is still a developing market, and the feeding and bedding technique is being adopted mainly by cattle farmers,” he said. The C460 on display was priced at 17,235.
A concept grain and fertiliser drill was shown for the first time by Amazone. Expected to appeal mainly to farmers in northern areas, the drill has a split hopper with twin metering systems, making it easier and more convenient than the previous combined unit which needed a separate front-mounted hopper for fertiliser.
Exhibiting for the first time at Lamma was John Deere main dealer Farol. Promoting its second hand stock, the show was an excellent means of increasing customer awareness of the services and range of machines on offer, explained director of the Byfield branch Dylan Roberts, who is pictured (left). “Having the stand here allows us to meet potential customer from the UK and overseas,” he said. With Dylan was one of the dealer’s FarmSight specialists; Luke Ward who was on-hand to explain the precision farming products available from the company, to fit John Deere as well as other brands.
John Deere main dealer for Lincolnshire and parts of Norfolk; Doubleday Ltd, reported an excellent event with many enquiries regarding new and used machinery. Finding an opportunity to get the sales team together for a group picture was a struggle, as they were busy looking after customers, but most of the team are pictured; (l-r) Laura Suckling, Richard Wales, David Kreutzberger, Gary Halliday, Richard Hook, Ian Doubleday-Collishaw, Zoe Doubleday-Collishaw, Luke Spencer, Mark Goose, Paula Scrupps, and Ashley Brighton.
Demand for second-hand machinery was strong, according to Ellis Machinery sales specialist Ross Ellis, pictured (left) with marketing manager Jason White. “We sell mainly implements but we do handle a few tractors and materials handlers,” explained Ross. “Most of what we sell is checked and serviced in our workshop prior to delivery and we have a reputation for providing cost-effective good quality used machines and looking after UK and overseas customers well. “
Richard Western has updated its Delila 3000 series spinning disc spreaders following the updates to its 2000 series vertical beater models last year. The main change is new 532mm discs which can be used with two, three or six blades for improved spread control with a variety of materials. The vane angles are adjustable to alter spread width and pattern and the angle fixing bolts can shear if foreign objects are encountered to protect the discs and drive system. A variable canopy controls the amount of chopping and volume applied and is spring-loaded to cope with obstructions, and opens wide for access and cleaning. Closer slats on the floor conveyor provide an even feed for finer materials. The 3000 series includes 12 and 15t models and the spreader displayed had been sold to a farmer from Yorkshire.
On the Apollo-Vredestein stand a new-model Fendt 828 was displayed on a full set of Vredestein tyres. The tyres were selected by Huddlestone Farming of Yorkshire for its pair of new Fendt tractors which will be used for its own farm and contracting work.
New products included 15.5/80-24 FX525 bias-ply 16 ply telehandler tyres, the first to be designed for telehandler use by the company. “They are a cost-effective option for materials handler users,’ explained agricultural specialist Ed Lonergan (pictured), “and, although this is the first time they have been shown, they will be available soon.”
New skid-steer loader tyres were also displayed for the first time. The ASR614 12-16.5 bias ply tyres are suitable for agricultural use while a heavier duty 12-16.5 bias ply ASR624 version is for industrial use. Both patterns are also available in 10-16.5 sizes.
JW Installations was promoting its Allmet dryers as well as grain cleaning and handling equipment. Director, Charles White is pictured explaining the benefits of a Kongskilde rotary cleaner to visitors to the stand. “It is very well priced at 15,500 and can achieve 40tph for pre-cleaning,” he said. “It enables growers to run modern combines to their full potential, as the cleaner can be used to achieve malting or milling quality. We have recently installed one for a pig farmer who mixes his own feed but had problems with the mill blocking. Using the cleaner to remove the dust and pre-clean the cereal has cured the problem.”
Charles (left) said his company has been busy with orders for dryers for the coming harvest as lower cereal prices have meant growers are considering longer-term investments and that orders and enquiries are from family farms as well as larger commercial units. Regarding the Lamma show, he reported that farmers seemed positive about prospects for the industry and he expects many enquiries for the cleaning systems to result in orders.
Great Plains was showing a new low-disturbance oilseed rape establishment tool. Developed and built by Great Plains UK division the cultivator has a row of low-disturbance tines followed by a leveling board to produce a fine tilth and then a zonal consolidation roller before the seed is placed through a 00 series disc coulter. Twin hoppers can both be used for seed, or to allow a cover crop to be drilled at the same time and alternative distribution points mean the rape can be band-sown while cover crop is broadcast across the width or band-sown with the rape seed. “The objective has been to achieve as close as possible to 100 per cent seed establishment while creating minimal soil disturbance to reduce the opportunity for weeds to grow,” explained territory manager for the south and west, James Kissock. “Trials during 2014 have been very successful, resulting in good yields and populations and trials will continue during 2015.”
Taking pride of place on the New Holland stand was the latest T8 tractor. There are five new models, replacing six in the previous line-up as the smallest 275 has not been replaced. The range starts with the 320 which replaces the previous 300 model and the flagship is the 435 replacing the 420. Ultra-Command transmission is available on models up to the 410 while AutoCommad CVT is available on all models including the largest 435. The differential between rated, maximum rated and boost power has been increased; the top model having a rated output of 379hp, while maximum rated power is 417hp and boost offers up to 435hp, and is only available over certain travel speeds or when using hydraulics and PTO. Peak torque is offered lower down the rev range now at between 1,300 and 1,500rpm, which T8 product specialist Jason Toogood (pictured) explained is optimal for heavy draft work.
The 3.5m wheelbase is one of the longest in its class, but the turning circle is one of the tightest at 4.9m.
A BluePower specification upgrade is available on the flagship 435 only. For the operator, better cab access is provided with steps to both sides making it easier to clean the side windows and the work lights are all upgraded. The cab roof has been redesigned to accommodate the GPS antenna and all new T8s will be supplied guidance-ready with Intellivew 4 screens as standard equipment as on all other AutoCommand tractors equipped with SideWinder armrests. The new models are available now at a slight price premium over previous models.
A new flail, which will be fitted to all McConnel 65, 75 and 85-series Power Arm standard head models, and which is designed to offer excellent performance on both hedges and grass, was displayed at the show. The new F14 T-flail has a larger shank than the previous F10 version which has been unchanged for about 30 years, explained McConnel marketing manager Wayne Brown who is pictured with the new flail. “The wider shank means there is less tendency for grass to wrap as on the previous narrower body. To keep the weight down it is hollow so, despite its extra size, it weighs little more, so needs very little extra power. If we had used a solid construction for a flail this size then power demand would increase considerably,” he said. Tests have shown it can easily handle three years’ hedge growth in one pass and it can be retrofitted to any machine currently using the previous F10 version. F14 flails cost 10, compared with 7 for the F10.
Horsch was celebrating its award for ‘Best new product innovation in crop production’ and ‘ Best new innovation at show’, for its Boom Control Pro active boom stability system available on self-propelled and larger trailed sprayers.
Agri-Hire managing director Tim Hubert is pictured on his stand with a McCormick tractor and a muck spreader made by his Suffolk-based company. The McCormick franchise was taken on in June and Tim said that although the autumn has been generally quiet for the industry, the move has been very successful with sales of several machines, and many on-going enquiries from potential customers. “It has really surprised me,” he said. “I hadn’t expected such interest but we are quoting for models from 40-200hp and there is definitely excitement regarding the more powerful models expected during the next few years. The X7 tractors from 160-200hp are especially popular and we expect the new CVT tractors to be in high demand. McCormick has introduced the right tractors at the right time for the industry.
“The market for our Dowdeswell ploughs is very buoyant and we are busy on parts too. Muckspreaders are selling well, and the hire business continues to grow. We are looking forward to our move into new larger purpose-built premises by the end of this year with space to grow our operation,” he added.
Landquip chose Lamma for the launch of its first tank to fit the MultiDrive carrier. “The new model MultiDrive has a forward control cab which provides space at the rear for a larger capacity tank,” said managing director Richard Abbott. “We have fitted this machine with a 4,500-litre tank and 36m booms for Crop Services (Scotland) which already has nine of our sprayers. The new demount unit incorporates steps on the right side to allow access to the tank and to the 36m slug pellet applicator which is part of the specification. The booms will operate at 24 or 36m and we have achieved perfect 50/50 weight distribution between the front and rear axles. At 2t lighter than a competitor’s sprayer for the MultiDrive according to customers, there is a considerable advantage for transport and in the field.”
Also shown for the first time was a 6,000-litre trailed sprayer. “One customer has purchased two similar sprayers, to replace one self-propelled,” said Richard. “One was delivered for the autumn and the model at Lamma is the second of the pair and will be delivered after the show. Having two sprayers offers greater versatility and means the farm is under less pressure during busy spraying periods. The 4,000-litre self-propelled has been replaced by two sprayers with a combined 12,000-litres capacity and 72m of boom width. Auto-boom switching and auto-steering are part of the high specification which easily matches that of the self-propelled sprayer.” Pictured (l-r) are sales specialist Colin Webb, service manager David Reeve, parts specialist Alex Moore, service engineer Ryan Risborough, Richard Abbott and service engineer Ian Lawrence.
The new Fella SM3060TL mower was displayed on the Reco stand. Fella export zone manager David Blackwood is pictured (left) with Reco area sales manager for the south-east, David Parsons, at the event. “It is a heavy-duty mower with shaft drive to the blades and conditioner so there are no belts to slip,” explained David. “The cutting body is centre-mounted and a vertical sliding support pivot allows movement to follow ground contours but resists the yaw forces. It folds horizontally and the conditioner, which has steel tines, is adjustable for intensity of operation, and can be removed completely when not required. The price is 17,500 for the 3m version with the conditioner or 19,500 for the 3.5m model while the 3m version without conditioner costs 14,150.
Cultivating Solutions was celebrating winning an award at the show for its recently launched touch-screen, which provides individual depth control for the subsoiling legs on its stubble cultivator.
New products on display included a preview version of its Genesis CTF combined cultivation and drilling system. The 0.5m units combine to form considerably larger drills than are available currently, the range on offer ranging from 8m, to 13.3m version, designed for 40m tramlines. “There is a gap in the market currently,” said managing director Richard Scholes. “Transport restricts the sizes available but our drill is built around a simple chassis to which the individual cultivation and seeder units are mounted on a parallel linkage, with pressure controlled by accumulators. This allows up to 600mm of travel for each unit and the weight of the seed hopper on the chassis above can be used to maximize pressure on the drilling units in hard conditions. The base chassis is 8m, with hinged wing extensions at each end and these allow the outside sections to float to follow ground contours.”
At the front of each unit is a vertical loosening leg; those operating in the tramline zones are able to adjust individually down to 250mm, while the other tines can all be linked allowing even depth of cultivations across the width. Following the legs are two pairs of discs and then leveling tines behind which the parallelogram-mounted seed coulters operate, which makes them well suited to automatic depth control systems. At the rear are depth wheels and wheelmark eradicators. Richard said the seed coulters can be lifted out of work allowing the machine’s use as a wide cultivator for soil loosening, or shallow cultivations. For transport the seed coulter units and depth wheel are lifted fully, pivoting back over the cultivation units and the whole drill pivots 90 degrees around the drawbar giving it a long narrow profile. Richard already has an order for the first 12m drill, to replace an 8m machine, the farmer keen to reduce autumn drilling time to extend his black-grass control window.
Massey Ferguson main dealer Mark Weatherhead was promoting its grain store and grain handling product division. Specialising in new buildings, refurbishment and grain handling systems the company offers a full service from planning to installation and maintenance. “The show is very good and we have received enquiries from growers considering upgrading old equipment, often because their existing systems can’t keep up with the outputs of modern combines and also to meet the latest BS standards,” said fixed equipment manager Peter Lee, pictured (right) with fixed equipment assistant Tom Reading. “We have had a busy year with lots of projects including new stores as well as upgrades.”
Two new tractors were star attractions on Massey Ferguson’s stand. The 7726 was being shown in public for the first time ahead of its official Sima-debut in February. Meeting latest Tier 4 final emissions regulations, the new tractor has a suspended front axle and will be available with Dyna-6 or Dyna-VT transmissions, the VT version including Electronic Power Management for greater efficiency. Deliveries are expected pre-harvest. Also shown was the new Global Series tractor, an all-new design offering basic specification combined with modern technology for maximum efficiency and ease of use. The 4708 pictured is available with 2 or 4wd and a rollbar, but a cab option is expected to be available by the end of 2015.
The Bufalo heavy-duty flail mower was brand new on the Maschio stand. Available in 2.5, 2.8 or 3.0m cut widths it features hydraulic offset as standard and has a double skin hood, with each skin 5mm thick. Despite its modest size, it is rated to 200hp and Opico Maschio specialist David Day said the company expects it to appeal to professional grassland maintainers as well as for light forestry use. Available now it costs from 8,390. Options include cameras mounted on the mower to display the cutting performance in the cab.
Also displayed by the company was a Maga 8-row maize drill with variable row spacing and equipped with the well-proven MTR seeder units. David said the new model has been introduced in response to customer demand and is expected to prove popular.
Grimme has broken with its traditional Oppel wheel beet lifting technique by introducing walking shears as an option for its Rexor harvesters. “Oppel wheels have their place,” explained area sales manager for sugar beet technology Lee Bright, “but we expect the shears to open up new markets as they perform well in heavy and light soils. Other updates to the machine include a hinged front lifting unit making it easy to access the shears and all other topping components and a new option is a combi topper which allows top discharging to the side, or inline. Also shown was the new GT170M potato windrower which uses the proven Multisep separation system combined with the windrowing traits of the GT170 harvester which is used for trailer loading,” explained Grimme UK head of sales, Andrew Starbuck. “This will increase output by allowing windrowing to either side,” he said.
Grimme also used the event to display its irrigation equipment and promote the service it now offers to back it. The range was introduced in 2011, but Grimme irrigation and Asa-lift specialist Edward Hodson, explained that many customers like local service for peace of mind and for ease of access to additional components. Now Grimme has extended its range to include pumps, bowsers, pipework and fittings and it is offering the same level of after-sales service as for its other product ranges. “The products have been developed especially to suit UK use, and it is superb quality,” he said. “We are well-known for the service we offer to potato and onion growers, but we are now building strong relationships with vegetable and salad producers, and can offer all the benefits of dealing with Grimme UK. The range ties in well with our Asa-lift product range too.” Pictured with the irrigator displayed are Grimme UK’s Mark Addinall (left) and Edward Hodson.
The chainsaw laser was one of the new low budget items shown for the first time. A pair of small self-contained battery-powered lasers are attached to the chainsaw grip and set up to shine a dot on the log being cut, at precisely the required length, making it easy to achieve desired log sizes. The kit costs 48 including vat and postage.
Offering better traction performance than rubber tracked crawlers, steel tracked machines such as the Italian-made Scaip, being imported by Lincolnshire-based RH Crawford, are likely to prove popular said Crawford sales executive Tony Dimmock. There are three models in the range; 200, 250 and 350hp, and the manufacturer has been producing steel-tracked pipe laying machinery for more than 30 years, so its products are well proven, he explained. A Rexroth hydrostatic drive and swinging rear linkage as well as 1,000rpm PTO is standard and Tony believes the tractors offer advantages for ploughing and cultivations work. “We have received many enquiries and will be demonstrating in late January, “he said. Price is yet to be confirmed.
Upgrades to GT Bunning’s muck spreaders include boron steel auger flights across the range. These offer extra strength and durability, without making the steel brittle explained sales manager Chris Druce. “They are UK-manufactured and will be standard on all machines from the start of this year,” he said. “We did a few during late 2014 to see how they performed and we believe they offer significant advantages, primarily because on hard-working machines, it is usually the flights which wear and show their age first, and the new specification will increase residual values, lowering the costs of ownership. We haven’t increased prices so the move will be popular with customers.”
Chris said the company, which manufactures models from 6-40t capacity, has seen greater demand for 6t machines during the past year, while the 10t model, which used to be most popular has now been moved to second place by the 12t. “The 6t model is a lightweight low-cost spreader and we export approximately half of what we manufacture,” he said. Pictured (l-r) Chris Druce, managing director Greg Shepherd, and service manager and sales support specialist Robert Bunning.