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Farms and Farm Machinery Issue 368

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in this issue

5 min
new year new options

Finnish tractor manufacturer Valtra has big plans for the brand in 2019, with new transmissions, new engines and a revised front suspension on the cards. The biggest news from Finland is that of the new HiTech 4 transmission introduced in two models of the A Series, namely the A104 and the A114, leaving them more ‘versatile and comfortable’. Powering up the A104 and A114 HiTech 4 models are four-cylinder AGCO Power AWFC engines, producing up to 100 and 110 horsepower (74.6 and 82kW) respectively. The Stage 4 compliant engines feature only selective catalytic reduction (SCR) after-treatment technology, reducing emissions while keeping service costs to a minimum. The new 16+16R powershift transmission features four ranges with four powershift steps each. The transmission has been optimised for field and farmyard work with six speeds available…

1 min
new nitro

Miller launched its new Nitro 7000 series front-mounted self-propelled sprayers to the Australian market at the end of last year. Unveiled by national distributor McIntosh at a dealer event in Perth, the Miller 7000 series features a new cabin and a new, more fuel-efficient and more powerful engine. McIntosh Distribution’s Jonathan Bent says that the 6333 will be replaced with the 7380 model, at 383 peak horsepower (286kW) with 1,459Nm of torque, while the 6365 will be replaced with the 7420 model, at 434 peak hp (324kW) with 1,629Nm of torque. The Nitro 7000 Series offers significant increases in both horsepower and torque via its Iveco power plant, along with the benefit of better fuel efficiency, says Brent. “We’re building on the feature set that we had with the 6000 series, which gave us…

1 min
future vision

The New Holland methane powered concept tractor has received the illustrious Good Design Award. Presented by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, the award “recognises the most innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product, and graphic designs produced around the world”. The methane powered concept was selected by the jury from a record number of submissions from over 47 countries. As a winner, the Methane Powered Concept Tractor will feature in the Good Design Yearbook for 2018–2019. Unveiled in 2017, the New Holland methane powered concept is said to reduce overall emissions by 80 per cent compared to a standard diesel tractor and “at least” 10 per cent lower CO2 emissions. Packing a six-cylinder NEF methane engine – that delivers 180hp (134kW) and…

1 min
out in the field

Hardi Australia’s new Hellios ‘lightweight’ self-propelled sprayer has been delivered to its first local customer – after the product was unveiled last year. The machine has gone to a mixed cropping property in Victoria, growing potatoes, lucerne, wheat and more, after the owners decided to move onto a self-propelled unit after years of using a Hardi Navigator trailed sprayer. Hardi’s national product manager for self-propelled sprayers Steve Lancaster says the company tailored the Hellios’ front-mounted 36m Hardi Paragon Al boom to suit the property’s irrigation layout, using the company’s AgLeader steering and the wide track for their row spacings. “We spent a lot of time getting the machine right in Adelaide, before we sent it across to Victoria,” he explains, “and that paid off in the long run. “We were able to get it…

3 min
back in the game

Originally purchased for about £400 by Vince’s father, Joe Gallinagh, a 1929 John Deere Model D tractor was shipped from the US to Fremantle in 1930. After arriving at the port, the tractor was placed on a train and hauled up to the Gallinagh family farm in Dowerin, in the central Wheatbelt region of Western Australia. Packed with cutting edge features for its time, one of the most notable assets of the machine was its interchangeable wheels: ‘steels’ with cleats for ploughing and ‘rubbers’ for seeding and harvesting. Vince notes that “changing the wheels was a matter of undoing a three-inch nut, slide off, and slide on – pretty easy”. The Model D spent much of its life dragging a log for land clearing. Vince adds: “[It was] such a reliable tractor,…

1 min
rejuvenated rows

Designing for vineyards, citrus and irrigation farm operators was a new move for agricultural machinery company Brookfield, based in Cowra, NSW. While the family owned and operated company normally develops products for grain and livestock farmers, it noticed the need for a machine capable of inter-row renovation and weed control was growing for smaller operators, helping them improve soil health and cut chemical costs. What they came up with is the CrossBar, a three-point linkage machine narrow enough to fit between the rows in vineyards and citrus farms and able to level the wheel tracks it leaves behind. Ideal for seed bed preparation, light soil renovation and lime and fertiliser incorporation, the CrossBar can also be used for levelling uneven surfaces and repairing farm roads and bogged tracks. Following the ground like a disc…