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LAMMA ’20 Review

Positive feedback from exhibitors and visitors confirmed that Lamma at its new undercover Birmingham NEC venue continues to be preferred to the previous outdoor arrangement. There were hundreds of new products to view, many fresh from their launch at Agritechnica a few months before. David Williams reports.

Straw pelletising

Krone’s Premos straw processor featured alongside the latest forage harvesters, mowers and balers. The Premos is designed for field use – collecting straw, hay or alfalfa from the swath and pelletising it in one operation, or stationary in the yard where baled material can be processed into pellets throughout the year.

“Trials are continuing to establish the optimum conditions for operation,” explained Krone marketing manager James Duggleby. “There are many possible applications including producing feed, bedding and biofuel, and we believe that most potential users would operate in the field during and after harvest where conditions allow, then use the Premos stationary for the rest of the year, making the most of its potential output and the investment. As well as being available to purchase we believe many users will prefer to contract-hire, with seasonal maintenance included. We hope to have a demonstration machine in the UK this summer, and then take orders from early 2021.”

Push-off shear grab

Albutt general manager Tom Worthington is pictured with the company’s new SK250HX Push-off ShearKing. It’s designed for wheeled loaders and larger telehandlers in response to demand from potential customers including AD plants, and larger dairy units using robotic feeders.

“We had push-off rakes previously, but this is the first on a shear grab,” explained Tom. “Push-off emptying makes filling large hoppers easier, without the need for toe-tip buckets, and for robotic feeding it provides clean blocks which are easily handled. Construction is from Swedish steel and the price is approximately £10,000, including brackets.

Twin-hopper distributor

New products from Techneat included a twin-hopper Autocast distributor, shown for the first time. Using a twin hopper to supply a single metering unit ensures improved application of mixtures, explained the company, particularly where seeds have different sizes and densities. The new version has been designed in response to growing demand for seeding cover crop mixes, or slug pellets with oilseed rape seed.

After-sales service

Main focus on Perkins’ stand was after-sales service and promotion of genuine parts. A competition running throughout the event involved engineers stripping a 3-cyl Perkins 403 engine, replacing the pistons, then rebuilding the engine in the fastest possible time. At the time of Farmers Guide’s stand visit late on the first day; the fastest time recorded was just over nine minutes.

Reduced surface movement

New on the Opico stand was the He-Va Stealth cultivator. Its operation includes ultra-low disturbance soil loosening, and the company describes it as ideal for those using min-till or no-till crop establishment regimes, relieving mid-depth compaction and improving aeration and drainage, nitrogen availability and root growth.

Scalloped, straight leading discs cut through trash, vegetation and top soil, and are followed by legs staggered in two rows for efficient residue flow. Leg spacing of 500mm is standard but can be adjusted to 450 or 550mm to suit differing conditions. The Stealth points have 120mm wings and cast steel tungsten points. Maximum working depth is 300mm and hydraulic depth control is available from the tractor seat.

As well as being ideal for reduced tillage regimes; Opico points out that the Stealth is suitable for soil loosening in conventional cultivations. 

The new Stealth subsoiler is available in mounted 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 5.0m working widths and trailed 6.0m and 7.0m versions. Opico is also offering Stealth conversion kits consisting of legs and points to fit existing He-Va subsoilers and Combi-Discs.

Easily more versatile

Further updates on Opico’s stand included the Sky EasyDrill, which retains its successful established seeding system but incorporates features improving versatility and making it more user-friendly.

The EasyDrill is suitable for establishment regimes including no-till, min-till, direct into cover crops as well as conventional cultivation systems. The latest 20-series version has the option to include up to four separate hoppers, with grain and fertiliser main tanks as standard, but with the possibility of adding one or two additional pro-hoppers, allowing seed, fertiliser, companion plants and crop protection products to be placed in one pass.

All-new electrics include the Quartz 8000 control box which is capable of looking after all four metering units. Variable-rate seeding from all four hoppers is possible. Isobus compatibility is standard.

E-Drive Premium is an option allowing electronic shut-off of each outlet, as well as left and right-side section control. This also improves integration within any tramline spacing regime as the user only has to enter the farm’s sprayer or spreader width, and the drill then calculates and adjusts the seed rows automatically

Connected weather

Sencrop promoted its connected weather stations, of which more than 8,000 are installed across Europe. Since launching in the UK in early 2019, it has already supplied more than 350 units here, too.

“Our weather stations are accurate and reliable,” explained UK sales support manager Victoria Nicol. “They are professional quality, easily and quickly installed and through a cost-effective subscription service the weather data which is stored in a ’cloud’ is available to the station owner, and any other authorised users from anywhere with a data connection.” Victoria explained that the ease of accessing the data is popular, making it convenient for several farms to share information from one station, or to pool information from multiple stations. Cost of the company’s Ag-Weather Rain Station, including rainfall gauge, temperature and humidity sensors – as well as the first year’s service subscription and delivery – is just £570. Ongoing subscription cost is £150/year and battery life is approximately four years, with replacements costing £30. 

Strengthened fork

A new ProAg folding fork was displayed for the first time by Strimech, and generated enquiries mainly from agricultural contractors – although there was also interest from export markets. The new fork is available in 14ft and 18ft versions, and incorporates strengthened pivot points and hydraulics. A new buck-rake is also due to be launched this year at the Grassland Event. “Capacities are only going one way and as a manufacturer we have to help our customers by matching our products to the demand,” explained managing director Justin Blades.

Cost-effective alternative

On the AgriArgo stand new models from Landini were displayed. The new High Clearance (5 HC) version of the Landini 5 series tractor replaces similar machines based on the superseded 5D series. Compared with previous Landini high clearance tractors, the 5 HC machines have a new more spacious cab, increased oil flow for the steering and main hydraulics, and a slightly longer wheelbase.

There is also a new power unit – a 3.6-litre Deutz four-cylinder engine using just a diesel oxidising catalyst (DOC) to meet current emissions requirements, which replaces a 3.4-litre Perkins motor that also required a diesel particulate filter (DPF) for emissions control.

With just under 700mm clearance below its axles, and capability to carry sprayers with capacity up to 3,000 litres between the front and rear linkages, the high-clearance Landini 5-115HC is a practical alternative to expensive self-propelled sprayers, pointed out AgriArgo UK managing director Adrian Winnett.

New X7-series flagship

Also new on the AgriArgo UK stand was the McCormick X7.240 with up to 240hp available, and due to replace the current X7.690 as the series flagship later in 2020. “McCormick sales were up 20 per cent last year compared to the previous year,” explained managing director Adrian Winnett. “We have a superb dealer network now and a range of great tractors and are keen to maintain this growth. Our X7 series is most popular, and part of its success has been the wide range of precision farming options and efficiency aids we now offer. We have partnered with TopCon as our main solutions provider, but for farms already using alternative systems our tractors offer excellent compatibility.”

Telehandler preview

A preview of Manitou’s new compact MLT420-60H telehandler created considerable interest. It is ideal for traditional farm buildings where space is limited, but can lift up to 2,000kg, has 4.35m maximum lift height and 2.65m maximum reach. Total length is just 3.64m, it’s only 1.49m wide and overall height is from just 1.97m.

Narrow tractor

A new small fruit tractor was displayed by Deutz-Fahr. The 5115DF TTV has 4wd and comes with six-mode, four-wheel steering. Crab and conventional front wheel steering can be selected, and a handy trailer mode adjusts steering response to improve manoeuvrability in tight working areas.

The cab has a flat floor for maximum comfort, the engine produces 113hp and a 100-litre/min hydraulic oil supply ensures there is plenty of flow for high performance attachments. The new 5115DF TTV is also ideal for transport tasks with a maximum 40kph travel speed. Deutz-Fahr product specialist David Jefferson is pictured with the new tractor.

Split-screen on offer for trailer safety

A new split-screen display with images from two cameras was announced by Trailer Vision. “Agri-Vue was developed in response to customer requests, and priced from only £195 we have been inundated with enquiries during the show,” explained technical support manager John Foster.

John said the company’s Yard Vue static security cameras are also in high demand with images available to view from anywhere with a data connection. The units are waterproof, come with an SD card to store images, feature infra-red night vision and have built-in PIR movement sensors. The camera connects to the internet through Wi-Fi, and there are no ongoing subscription costs. Prices are from just £75.

Smart and narrow

Star attraction on Valtra’s display area was a T234 Direct tractor, with Valtra Unlimited Studio options including black rims, black wheel weights, full LED light package and dark interior, and finished with a unique colour wrap.

Also displayed in the UK for the first time was Valtra’s new F-series vineyard and orchard tractor, which is available to order this spring. F-series models are available with 75–105hp, and range from 1.3–1.5m wide but have a spacious and comfortable cab with heating and air conditioning standard. Transmission is 24-speed powershift with mechanical or hydraulic forward/reverse shuttle.

Futuristic technology promoted by Valtra on its stand included SmartGlass. This allows essential operating information to be displayed in the centre of the front screen so the user can monitor performance without looking away from the forward view. The display is customisable to suit the operator and task and will be available later this year.

Only British plough

Agri-Hire manufactures the Hubert plough at its Suffolk base. Latest versions include an all-new headstock fabricated from British steel rather than the previous cast headstock. “This has enabled us to improve the design and increase its strength,” explained managing director Tim Hubert. “Everything except the wearing parts is made at our Suffolk base and as well as superb strength and build quality we offer something British-made, which is appreciated by farmers.” 

Low cost trailers

On the Agri-Linc stand a competitively priced grain trailer from its own Proforge range created interest. The Proforge trailer comes in 12, 14 and 16t versions, all supplied standard with commercial axles and running gear. Manual or hydraulic tailgates, rollover sheets and sprung drawbars are all available as upgrades.

The display trailer was a 14t model, with hydraulic tailgate, sprung drawbar and flotation tyres, priced at £14,450.

Controlled distribution

Vogelsang has added a new dribble bar applicator to its range, suitable for mounting to the rear of a tanker, or behind a tractor as part of an umbilical cord application system. UK sales manager Sion Williams explained that demand for low-cost slurry application solutions is growing as farmers seek alternatives to conventional splash plate applicators which are expected to be banned soon. The Uni-Spread is available in 6.0, 7.5, and 9.0m versions, with a 12.0m model due to be added later. All come with Vogelsang’s Drop Stop anti-drip system which reduces the chance of slurry dripping on the road during transport. Slurry is supplied through ExaCut ECL or new ECQ distributors. Trailing shoe applicators are an option.

Cost-effective innovation

Bullock Tillage displayed new implements including a hydraulic arm-mounted seeder unit for its conventional compact discs. Nigel Bullock is pictured with the new seeder and explained that with 1.5t lift capacity the mounting arm is suitable for carrying a variety of attachments. “The mounting arm can be raised and lowered hydraulically allowing filling of the seed hopper at ground level and saving time over alternatives which require a tractor loader or handler to fill,” he explained. “We have added the seeder to our options list because of increasing requests by customers for a means of establishing small seeds and particularly cover crops. With many growers keen to ensure ground cover throughout the year and avoid bare stubbles we expect it to prove popular.”

Displayed on the stand, the 3m discs are priced at £8,500 and the seeder, complete with GPS-governed rate control, brackets, frame and a selection of three metering rollers adds £3,900.

Header moves made easy

Abrey Agricultural is the UK importer for Ziegler products, including a wide range of high specification combine header trailers. Managing director Toby Abrey said that Ziegler trailers are available for any make and model of combine and that more than 100 were supplied by his company last year. A four-wheel steering option helps navigate tight field entrances and narrow lanes, and is specified for most trailers for headers of 25ft and wider. “Once a customer sees it in action, then it’s usually selected for a new trailer,” explained Toby.

As well as header trailers, Abrey Agricultural is also experiencing growing demand for Ziegler cultivation equipment, and a selection was displayed at the show. “The HD cultivator leaves a plough-press type finish and we sold a large number last year,” added Toby.


The Profitable Farming Company displayed new products including low-cost, Semi-Automatic Applicators for balers, forage harvesters, forage wagons and crimping equipment.

The High Volume Crimping Applicator consists of a 200-litre tank (also suitable for coupling to additional tanks for greater total capacity), a 12-litre/min gear pump, manual or automatic control options, and the ability to set an application rate per tonne of produce. The High Volume Inoculant Acid Applicator has a similar specification but is available with an optional wireless control system.

Effective solutions

Among new products displayed by APV were a new liquid fertiliser applicator and a spring-tine mechanical weeder.

The LF600M1 fertiliser applicator mounts on the front of the tractor or is also suitable for mounting on the rear of nearly all tillage implements. It has a 600-litre capacity and delivers liquid through up to 48 solid stream or flat jet nozzles. Application rates up to 20-litres/min are available and the control box allows precise speed-regulated application rate control, as well as headland management with manual or automatic control.

The mechanical weeder VS has been available previously in Europe, and is now part of the line-up available in the UK for the first time. Innovative hydraulic-adjustable spring tensioners control tine operating pressures to optimise performance in a wide range of conditions. Austrian-based APV supplies its products through a growing UK dealer network of which there are 12 currently.

Versatile appeal

Launched in 2017, CEAT Specialty Tyres continues to grow and gain market share throughout Europe and in the UK, was the message on UK distributor Nordic Tyres’ stand. CEAT offers an expanding line-up of radial tractor and implement tyres in an increasing range of sizes, manufactured at its state-of-the-art factory in India. Nordic Tyres is one of the UK’s largest specialist agricultural tyre wholesalers and managing director Alan Lindsay explained that the CEAT brand is complemented by Nokian radial flotation tyres for which it is also the UK importer. Its range includes the new Nokian Ground King hybrid tractor tyre.

Robots adding flexibility

Lincolnshire-based Burdens Group specialises in root crop, vegetable and salad production machinery and has recently become the UK dealer for robotic farming equipment from Naio Technologies. “Labour available for field tasks is a growing concern for many growers, and investment in robots for repetitive jobs allows human workers to focus on more complex activities,” explained Burdens Group commercial horticulture specialist Andy Wilson who is pictured with Naio robotics specialist Caroline Lamarquis, and a Naio Oz autonomous wheeled robot for tasks including weeding and transport. The Oz robot uses camera guidance and can perform inter-row tasks in rows from 55–120cm and can perform U-turns for next row working on headlands from 2m. The Oz robot is also programmable in terms of working strategies and can stagger its working pattern to allow gentler headland turns, and operate on narrower headlands. The unit weighs 110kg unladen, or 150kg with tools and weights and is capable of moving trailed loads up to 300kg. Up to 90kg can be carried on-board. Four 110-watt motors power the wheels and work rates of up to one hectare per day are typical for tasks such as hoeing. As well as working autonomously the Oz robot can also work alongside an operator in its ‘Track and follow’ mode, performing tasks such as carrying tools or plant trays.

Naio also manufactures larger robots including Ted for vineyards, and Dino for weeding vegetable beds and weighing 800kg.

“Most demand from customers is for the Dino robot for field-scale vegetables,” explained Andy. “Price is between £110k–£115k, whereas the smaller Oz model is from approximately £22,000.”

Future-proof bale handling

Big Bale Transtacker manager Elliot O’Brien is pictured with an updated Transtacker available for the coming season. “Bales are getting denser and heavier every year and we have upgraded the Transtacker to future-proof it,” Elliot explained. “A new grab arm is stronger but costs less, and the pick-up offers improved bale grip. There are also new options including factory-fitted reversing cameras and improved lights, and a new feature which will appeal to both farmers and contractors is a weighing kit, which weighs pairs of bales on the turntable allowing accurate reporting of straw yield.” The new Transtacker costs £98,000 representing a small increase over the previous model, while hiring the latest version remains at £19,000 per season.

Robotic palletisers

The David Harrison team was busy throughout  the show explaining features and benefits of the company’s range of sack fillers and robotic palletisers.

Most palletisers are sold for use with potato sacks, but there are also customers using machines supplied by the company for most other types of vegetable. The Visser standard size palletiser was displayed on the stand but a larger Symach model is also available, offering work rates of up to 30t/hr and making it ideal for larger farms and merchants.

Rotary cleaning solution

Plot Feeds promoted Kongskilde rotary cleaners at the show. “We have offered them for several years but have seen a recent increase in demand as they offer an effective and economical means of improving the sample,” explained Roy Edwards of Plot Feeds. “The Kongskilde design includes a conventional outer drum with a conical drum inside which separates larger constituents quickly, leaving the whole of the main screen available for thorough cleaning. We have models offering capacity up to 80t/hr and the compact size makes them ideal for lorry mounting as part of an on-site contract seed cleaning service.”

Potato toppers prove a success

Lincolnshire-based Scotts Precision Manufacturing produces root crop and vegetable cleaning and harvesting systems, including the Evolution Separator. In recent years the company’s Trinity haulm toppers have been in growing demand due to the diquat ban. Feedback from those using our toppers confirms excellent performance and reliability, but they are also easy to maintain with flails and wear liners easily lasting for 400ha or more, but which are very easily replaced,” pointed out apprentice engineer Casey Lambley. “They are built well, they are cost-effective, and demand is for all models from single front toppers to use ahead of harvesters or within smaller enterprises, to larger triple sets for the front and rear of tractors.”

Maximum benefit

On the Agrimech stand, directors Darren and Belinda Smith are pictured with one of the company’s own-built palletisers, of which there were record sales last year. “Stacking sacks on pallets is hard work and time-consuming and automating the process makes sense,” explained Belinda. “But there is no point at all in investing in automation unless it is good automation and our machinery has an excellent reputation for efficiency and reliability.” Agrimech started in business offering weighing and sack stitching products but now offers a total solution for produce handling from when it comes off the grader to the end of the packing line.

“Pallet stacking is often regarded as the hardest part of the job, and when the task is shared by several staff then consistency often suffers as each team member has a slightly different way of doing it. Automating stacking means every pallet is stacked the same,” she added.

The Titan palletiser pictured is capable of maintaining a packing rate of 10–11t/hr but the company also offers robotic solutions allowing alternate stacking of multiple pallets for higher work rates up to 14–15t/hr.

Cost saving rubber recoats

Clifton Rubber sales representative Tom Smith is pictured with technical sales representative Philip Holt. Tom explained that demand recently has been for the company’s range of de-stoning stars ahead of the potato planting season.

Along with a wide range of other rubber components, principally for the vegetable and salad cleaning and grading industry, the company also refurbishes rollers for the track systems of rubber-tracked tractors. “It’s a big saving compared to the cost of new rollers,” said Tom. “We charge approximately £200–£250 depending on model, and this typically saves 75–80 per cent compared to buying new.”

Keeping efficient

“The Lamma show now presents the UK agricultural industry as it should be presented,” observed Miedema Mercer sales manager Russell Blight. The company specialises in potato handling and irrigation equipment including brands such as Downs, Bauer and Wilms. “We’ve had a very successful show with interest across the range of products as reducing harvest times is a priority for most growers. Weather is always a concern and reducing the labour requirement is essential, and investment in a new, modern grader is regarded as a major step in improving efficiency of the whole operation. Irrigation is also a focus for growers and modern applicators can make it easier to manage water use and increase its application efficiency,” he added.

Cutting-edge crop sorting

Farm Electronics was busy explaining features and benefits of its new Samro stone and clod separators, available as a result of the company’s takeover by Tolsma Grisnich Group.

The separators work by magnetic sensing of ionisation in the soil, with phenomenal accuracy, explained operations director Joe Sambridge. “We are inviting potential users to bring their samples to our Grantham site to try out the sorting capability for themselves and, with accuracy levels of more than 98 per cent, the sorters can be integrated into new or existing lines.“

No need for a new burner

Specialising in parts and servicing for burners for all major brands of dryer; K & J Engineering operates throughout the UK from its Essex base. “As well as servicing and repairs we also wire new stores and have a busy team with knowledge and expertise gained over 38 years,” explained company founder John Clarke. “One of our strengths is our parts stock which enables us to repair older burners for which components are no longer available from manufacturers. We recondition older models so that they perform as new and can save farmers considerable costs compared to buying completely new units.”

Contractors’ spreaders

Chatting to Farmers Guide while visiting the Agri-Hire stand were staff from TAR Hire, which offers a contract hire and spreading service for customers mainly in Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and parts of Leicestershire.

The company moved from a previous brand to an Agri-Hire 14t machine two years ago and is delighted with the decision. “We are still over the moon with the build quality. It’s very rugged, which is what’s needed when spreaders are hired out.

They tend to be used and abused and we’re here to see the latest Y-body model as we recently ordered a second larger 18t version,” explained team member Rob Dawkins. 

Dual purpose

Merlo’s MultiFarmer telehandlers come with rear PTO and hydraulic linkage, allowing them to perform tasks usually carried out by conventional tractors. “Demand is mainly from smaller farms where MultiFarmers replace tractor loaders,“ explained Merlo national sales manager Owen Buttle. “Most are sold to users in typical livestock and dairy farming areas, and with 170hp engines in the 40.7 and 40.9 models, there is plenty of capability to power and pull implements. The most popular task is probably for towing and powering feeder wagons with the loader used to fill the machine too, but we also have farmers using the handlers for grass harvesting operations including baling, and others for ploughing and cultivations.”

Dual purpose

Merlo’s MultiFarmer telehandlers come with rear PTO and hydraulic linkage, allowing them to perform tasks usually carried out by conventional tractors. “Demand is mainly from smaller farms where MultiFarmers replace tractor loaders,“ explained Merlo national sales manager Owen Buttle. “Most are sold to users in typical livestock and dairy farming areas, and with 170hp engines in the 40.7 and 40.9 models, there is plenty of capability to power and pull implements. The most popular task is probably for towing and powering feeder wagons with the loader used to fill the machine too, but we also have farmers using the handlers for grass harvesting operations including baling, and others for ploughing and cultivations.”

New agreement

Spaldings has entered into an agreement with Grimme UK, in which the companies will collaborate to supply genuine Grimme parts. Most parts included in the agreement are service and wearing parts for cleaners, planters, de-stoners, bed preparation machinery and harvesters. The agreement means customers can purchase parts through Spaldings or through their local Grimme dealers. Spaldings product manager Sid Deaton, said that the agreement is great news for customers, and that working with Grimme and the Grimme dealer network will ensure correct parts are supplied first time, and are easily accessible.

Parts range addition

Also announced by Spaldings was the addition of the SPL Ultra parts range. Developed to provide enhanced wear characteristics for a longer working life, their construction is the result of analysis of wearing parts removed from machines. “We have looked at the wear characteristics and areas where wear is more pronounced causing parts to require replacement,” explained product engineer Aiden Wells. “Then we redesigned the SPL Ultra parts with a revised profile and extra material in the areas which experience greatest wear for a longer working life.”

Safe, stressless, efficient

Ritchie’s Beef Monitor allows daily liveweight gains to be closely and accurately monitored without animal stress, while saving labour and improving farm safety. Cattle enter the weighing platform to access drinking water and are automatically weighed on each occasion – usually up to six times per day, with results recorded and logged against their EID tags. Weights are averaged for accuracy and sent to a ‘cloud’ from which they are easily accessed from anywhere with a data signal. The company points out that as well as reducing time needed for stock handling, the daily weighing means optimum market weights aren’t exceeded.

Harvest hire solution

APH specialises in long-term combine hire typically between 3–5 years, and although any make of combine can be supplied most on the fleet currently are Claas and New Holland. “Leasing with full maintenance means farmers can budget accurately for their harvesting costs for a number of years and, although we also sell machines, we have seen increased demand for hire replacing many purchases,“ explained hire and sales manager James Palmer. “We also supply Bateman sprayers on hire, mainly on five-year contracts, with machines built to order to customer specification.

Expanding bale spike range

Pete Heath of Heath Engineering is pictured with a new Superspike bale spike from his company’s expanding range. “Previously we offered just one version which proved very successful but there is also demand for simpler entry-level models as well as those with additional features. We have introduced both at Lamma this year, including the Heavy Duty – capable of lifting the bale to 3,770mm compared to 1,980mm for the standard version, and the Eco which is a lighter-duty model with a fold down spike. We enjoyed a busy show with lots of interest in our range which is built to last, and safe and strong,” he said.

Lower cost fire safety

Cherry Products has added Kevlar body fire extinguishers to its product range, with potential to save significant cost compared to standard metal tank versions.

“They should save customers up to 47 per cent over 10 years as they can be checked and serviced on farm, have a longer service life and only one is needed whereas previously at least two types of extinguisher were required for most locations,” explained sales manager Ian Fenton. “New composite P50 foam is capable of putting out larger fires than the equivalent volume of foam from conventional extinguishers and can be used for all types of fire.”

The new extinguishers are available through Cherry Products dealers and the 6-litre version costs approximately 20 per cent more than a standard extinguisher at £150.

Off-balance sheet machinery solutions

Contract Plant Rental enjoyed a busy first attendance at Lamma meeting potential customers for its contract-rental service, available for any new machinery for up to five years.

The company has operated for more than 10 years as part of the Ballyvesey Group specialising in contract rental of waste handling, industrial and construction machinery. “Contract rental is for a minimum of six months and for any product,” explained regional sales manager Stu Lambert. “We offer nationwide service, there is no deposit required and it enables businesses to operate new equipment with full-service support while keeping it off the balance sheet. We only supply products with full service back-up and in the event of a breakdown then replacement machines are provided to minimise downtime.”

Leading drill updated

Seven years after Weaving Machinery launched its original Sabre Tine Drill a new model was launched at Lamma. The Sabre Tine Drill is designed for low-disturbance crop establishment in all cultivation regimes and while retaining the previous well-proven drilling technique, new features to improve performance include faster adjustment of seeding depth, better contour following, reduced power requirement and a longer working life. One of the main differences to the design is an additional fourth row of tines, providing extra space for soil and trash flow for reduced blockages.

Metering is electronic and the metering system can handle seeds of all sizes from beans to oilseed rape, and seed rates as low as 2kg/ha. The fan is hydraulic driven.

The new Sabre Tine Drill is available in 3.0, 4.8 and 6.0m working widths with 18, 28 and 36 coulters respectively. All models are designed for rear linkage mounting and come with a 2,000-litre hopper, 166mm row spacing and Isocan GPS metering.

“Even before its launch we had taken orders for at least 30 units,” commented marketing manager Sarie Weaving. “The Sabre Tine Drill has proved popular since its launch and the improved version will increase its appeal even further.”

Company rebrand is a hit

Manufacturer Ktwo unveiled its new logo and styling at Lamma ‘20, having undergone a brand overhaul to support its future business plans. Marketing manager Zoe Chamberlain said it marks a significant milestone in the company’s journey and attracted very positive feedback at the show.

“Our vision is to become the market leader for muck spreaders and trailers across the UK, and to grow worldwide,” she explained. “We wanted our brand to showcase our vision better and take us boldly into the future.”

Ktwo’s stand featured two types of suspension for visitors to interact with, as well as a large central TV screen showcasing its new website. There were also hundreds of entries to its competition to win eight weeks’ hire of its Roadeo Compact and Push Trailer, which launched at the show. The competition remains open for the next few months and the winner will be drawn in July.

Novel pump unit

Wox Agri has developed the first pump unit with a directly driven gearbox connection to a 4NHTB Cornell Pump. Displayed at Lamma, it allows a greater work scope for operators with tractors from 180–325hp. The Wox Walrus PTO Pump features a 20-spline 1.75in PTO drive, so a 180hp tractor can drive the unit while the pump’s integrated hydraulic system is not in use. The feeder arm offers an overall reach of around 9m from the tractor’s rear linkage, which can be increased by different pipe lengths up to around 5m.

Engaging the pump’s hydraulic system will drive the integrated charge pump, allowing the Cornell to operate to maximum potential and efficiency. With a recommended minimum of 200hp (maximum of 325hp), the pump plus charge pump removes any potential priming, cavitation or ‘run dry’ issues.

Wox Agri says the pipe work for the unit is fully integrated to allow for many different requirements, including a stage pumping facility, a direct feeding to the main pump and a recirculation of material (jetting).

New grinder for growing demand

Welmac UK specialises in shredders and tub grinders, and at Lamma it launched the latest addition to its range – the Strawbuster F1050 PTO-driven straw grinder. Managing director Andrew Balfe explained that the new grinder is being offered in response to growing demand for high capacity straw processors. “Most enquiries were from contractors offering a straw preparation service to multiple customers, as well as from larger livestock farms,” he said. “Adding straw to conventional feed mixer-wagons means the mixing takes 45 minutes to an hour to complete and requires a lot of fuel, but by processing the straw in advance, then adding the required amount to the mix reduces feed preparation time to just 10 minutes or so. Chop length is adjustable and when grinding wheat straw the typical work rate is 8–10t/hr. Other uses for ground straw include bedding, and we have also had enquiries for chopping root crops for use in AD plants.”

Award-winning company

A Vredo slurry applicator occupied most of the JC Machinery stand. “We have 21 machines working in the UK currently including six supplied last year,” explained national sales manager Christopher Sage. “The Vredo VT4556 model is the most popular as it is the only compact self-propelled tanker available with a 24m applicator, and when folded it’s under 3m for transport.” While at the show, JC Machinery was awarded the Ivel Award and Silver in the Arable Innovation category for its Vredo Crop Drill System (CDS).

The Ivel is given in memory of Dan Alborne, inventor of the first successful light farm tractor, and awarded by the Institute of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE).

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